Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

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Shawn C Ewbank
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I provide cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults, children, and adolescents with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders (social anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety, and separation anxiety), tic disorders, Tourette Syndrome (TS), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral difficulties, rage attacks, depressive disorders, and trichotillomania (and other body-focused repetitive behavior disorders). For more information about the treatments of these disorders, please refer to my website: www.drshawnewbank.com
I provide cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults, children, and adolescents with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders (social anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety, and separation anxiety), tic disorders, Tourette Syndrome (TS), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral difficulties, rage attacks, depressive disorders, and trichotillomania (and other body-focused repetitive behavior disorders). For more information about the treatments of these disorders, please refer to my website: www.drshawnewbank.com
(917) 746-7885 View (917) 746-7885
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OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I am a clinical psychologist and Co-Director of the OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California. We are a group of compassionate clinicians who understand how difficult it can be to live with OCD and anxiety disorders. We specialize in providing effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OC Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and depression. We utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), particularly Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP), which is considered to be the gold standard for the treatment of anxiety disorders. We also utilize other effective interventions, such as mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
I am a clinical psychologist and Co-Director of the OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California. We are a group of compassionate clinicians who understand how difficult it can be to live with OCD and anxiety disorders. We specialize in providing effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OC Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and depression. We utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), particularly Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP), which is considered to be the gold standard for the treatment of anxiety disorders. We also utilize other effective interventions, such as mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
(310) 773-3881 View (310) 773-3881
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Trevor Schraufnagel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I have expertise in the treatment of OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias as well as hoarding, hair-pulling, skin-picking, and tics.
Balance CBT is the name of my private practice. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27841) and an expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders and related conditions. My primary focus is providing evidence-based or "known to work" treatments for anxiety-related problems. While I place very high value on research-driven treatments, I strongly believe that compassion, validation, and a powerful relationship are cornerstones to effective therapy. I am a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA and hold positions in the departments of psychiatry and psychology.
I have expertise in the treatment of OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias as well as hoarding, hair-pulling, skin-picking, and tics.
Balance CBT is the name of my private practice. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27841) and an expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders and related conditions. My primary focus is providing evidence-based or "known to work" treatments for anxiety-related problems. While I place very high value on research-driven treatments, I strongly believe that compassion, validation, and a powerful relationship are cornerstones to effective therapy. I am a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA and hold positions in the departments of psychiatry and psychology.
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Mindy Fox
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SEP
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Symptoms can even include avoiding people and places, worry, loss of pleasure, obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors, and/or a busy brain that won't stop thinking,.
If you suffer from developmental (trauma from childhood abuse) or acute trauma (for example, rape, assault, divorce, accident), I am trained in several modalities that can help. These include: Neurofeedback, which is exercise for the brain, improves self-regulation and calms the nervous system, building resiliency. EMDR is a process that desensitizes and reprocesses trauma. Somatic Experiencing releases pent up energy in the body that keeps us from completing and letting go of traumatic experiences. I use these methods, along with traditional psychodynamic talk therapy, in a kind and healing environment, to help you recover. .
Symptoms can even include avoiding people and places, worry, loss of pleasure, obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors, and/or a busy brain that won't stop thinking,.
If you suffer from developmental (trauma from childhood abuse) or acute trauma (for example, rape, assault, divorce, accident), I am trained in several modalities that can help. These include: Neurofeedback, which is exercise for the brain, improves self-regulation and calms the nervous system, building resiliency. EMDR is a process that desensitizes and reprocesses trauma. Somatic Experiencing releases pent up energy in the body that keeps us from completing and letting go of traumatic experiences. I use these methods, along with traditional psychodynamic talk therapy, in a kind and healing environment, to help you recover. .
(424) 570-3139 View (424) 570-3139
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Patrycja (Pati) Szafran
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified
7 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hi! I’m Pati, and I’m so glad you're here seeking support. I offer help for families looking to improve their home environments, and support to kids and young adults struggling with relationships, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). My clients often face the burden of intrusive thoughts and compulsions that affect their daily lives. Even if they appear fine on the outside, the persistent anxiety, obsessions, or rituals impact their relationships, school, or work. I use effective evidence-based treatments like ERP, with great success in providing relief and offering hope for an easier future.
Hi! I’m Pati, and I’m so glad you're here seeking support. I offer help for families looking to improve their home environments, and support to kids and young adults struggling with relationships, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). My clients often face the burden of intrusive thoughts and compulsions that affect their daily lives. Even if they appear fine on the outside, the persistent anxiety, obsessions, or rituals impact their relationships, school, or work. I use effective evidence-based treatments like ERP, with great success in providing relief and offering hope for an easier future.
(310) 734-2612 View (310) 734-2612
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Elizabeth Kennedy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Anxiety Experts has offices in Santa Monica, Goleta, Montecito and Ventura, as well as virtual outpatient and Virtual Intensive Outpatient (VIOP) Treatment. Our team is specialized in treating anxiety, panic, social phobia, school refusal, OCD, PTSD, BDD, and disordered eating. These problems rob one's sense of freedom, confidence and self-worth. We treat these issues with a type of CBT called Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Medical Nutrition Therapy from a Registered Dietician as appropriate. We have helped hundreds of adults and kids master their fears; research shows in-person and live video to be equally effective!
Anxiety Experts has offices in Santa Monica, Goleta, Montecito and Ventura, as well as virtual outpatient and Virtual Intensive Outpatient (VIOP) Treatment. Our team is specialized in treating anxiety, panic, social phobia, school refusal, OCD, PTSD, BDD, and disordered eating. These problems rob one's sense of freedom, confidence and self-worth. We treat these issues with a type of CBT called Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Medical Nutrition Therapy from a Registered Dietician as appropriate. We have helped hundreds of adults and kids master their fears; research shows in-person and live video to be equally effective!
(424) 459-8733 View (424) 459-8733
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Sarah Segal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I specialize in treating OCD and other anxiety spectrum disorders (Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias).
Have you noticed that it's in the places you are supposed to be most relaxed (meditation, vacation, weekends, sleep) that your mind feels louder than ever? It might feel like the idea of letting your thoughts go is meant for “normal” people and that does not include you. Maybe you stand guard to keep yourself from your worst case, as if your attention to your thoughts keeps you from descending into unimaginable fear. All the advice you get from those closest to you feels so out of touch with the agony of daily doubts around the things that matter most. I can help you sift through the noise and regain your confidence in yourself.
I specialize in treating OCD and other anxiety spectrum disorders (Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias).
Have you noticed that it's in the places you are supposed to be most relaxed (meditation, vacation, weekends, sleep) that your mind feels louder than ever? It might feel like the idea of letting your thoughts go is meant for “normal” people and that does not include you. Maybe you stand guard to keep yourself from your worst case, as if your attention to your thoughts keeps you from descending into unimaginable fear. All the advice you get from those closest to you feels so out of touch with the agony of daily doubts around the things that matter most. I can help you sift through the noise and regain your confidence in yourself.
(310) 564-6721 View (310) 564-6721
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Adelaide Jane Rowe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Licensed in CA and WA states - Successfully managing through high school, college, and early adulthood can be challenging. Many of my clients find themselves sacrificing mental health for academic and career success or have difficulties with motivation, confidence, and relationships. While stress is a normal and expected part of life, I help my clients manage anxiety and OCD without feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, or alone. I also support the building of communication skills and boundary-setting to better navigate and nurture important relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.
Licensed in CA and WA states - Successfully managing through high school, college, and early adulthood can be challenging. Many of my clients find themselves sacrificing mental health for academic and career success or have difficulties with motivation, confidence, and relationships. While stress is a normal and expected part of life, I help my clients manage anxiety and OCD without feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, or alone. I also support the building of communication skills and boundary-setting to better navigate and nurture important relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.
(424) 414-2017 View (424) 414-2017
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Alexandra Neff
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Anxiety Experts has offices in Santa Monica, Goleta, Montecito and Ventura, as well as virtual outpatient and Virtual Intensive Outpatient (VIOP) Treatment. Our team is specialized in treating anxiety, panic, social phobia, school refusal, OCD, PTSD, BDD, and disordered eating. These problems rob one's sense of freedom, confidence and self-worth. We treat these issues with a type of CBT called Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Medical Nutrition Therapy from a Registered Dietician as appropriate. We have helped hundreds of adults and kids master their fears; research shows in-person and live video to be equally effective!
Anxiety Experts has offices in Santa Monica, Goleta, Montecito and Ventura, as well as virtual outpatient and Virtual Intensive Outpatient (VIOP) Treatment. Our team is specialized in treating anxiety, panic, social phobia, school refusal, OCD, PTSD, BDD, and disordered eating. These problems rob one's sense of freedom, confidence and self-worth. We treat these issues with a type of CBT called Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Medical Nutrition Therapy from a Registered Dietician as appropriate. We have helped hundreds of adults and kids master their fears; research shows in-person and live video to be equally effective!
(424) 395-5478 View (424) 395-5478
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Katie Merrill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I specialize in CBT/ERP for OCD and for other OCD/anxiety-spectrum disorders such as Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Specific Phobias.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by obsessive, unwanted thoughts and anxiety? Maybe you're experiencing concerns about harm, a past event, contamination, or being with the wrong partner. Do you feel trapped in a cycle of repetitive mental rehearsing, checking, cleaning, reassurance-seeking, or avoidance behaviors in an attempt to get relief? OCD is a frequently misunderstood disorder that can present itself with a myriad of themes, leaving the sufferer feeling trapped and hopeless. Luckily, effective treatment is available. I offer a safe, supportive space for clients to learn the tools to break free from the exhaustive grip of OCD.
I specialize in CBT/ERP for OCD and for other OCD/anxiety-spectrum disorders such as Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Specific Phobias.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by obsessive, unwanted thoughts and anxiety? Maybe you're experiencing concerns about harm, a past event, contamination, or being with the wrong partner. Do you feel trapped in a cycle of repetitive mental rehearsing, checking, cleaning, reassurance-seeking, or avoidance behaviors in an attempt to get relief? OCD is a frequently misunderstood disorder that can present itself with a myriad of themes, leaving the sufferer feeling trapped and hopeless. Luckily, effective treatment is available. I offer a safe, supportive space for clients to learn the tools to break free from the exhaustive grip of OCD.
(323) 673-3199 View (323) 673-3199
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Caroline Kalai
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I treat individuals of all ages suffering from anxiety, including OCD, panic, phobias, body image issues, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, sexual trauma and more. I provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with a strong emphasis on Prolonged Exposure, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), both evidenced-based and highly effective treatment interventions. I am dedicated to teaching my patients how to identify and remove behaviors that only serve as temporary solutions to their distress while replacing them with tools for long-term relief.
I treat individuals of all ages suffering from anxiety, including OCD, panic, phobias, body image issues, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, sexual trauma and more. I provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with a strong emphasis on Prolonged Exposure, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), both evidenced-based and highly effective treatment interventions. I am dedicated to teaching my patients how to identify and remove behaviors that only serve as temporary solutions to their distress while replacing them with tools for long-term relief.
(310) 340-1919 View (310) 340-1919
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Dr. Emily Hanna
Psychological Associate, PsyD, LCSW
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and related difficulties. At the OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California, we offer weekly and intensive outpatient (2.5 hours/week or more) therapy as part of our Intensive Outpatient Program.
I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and related difficulties. At the OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California, we offer weekly and intensive outpatient (2.5 hours/week or more) therapy as part of our Intensive Outpatient Program.
(310) 879-5166 View (310) 879-5166
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Lories Khoury
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Anxiety Experts has offices in Santa Monica, Goleta, Montecito and Ventura, as well as virtual outpatient and Virtual Intensive Outpatient (VIOP) Treatment. Our team is specialized in treating anxiety, panic, social phobia, school refusal, OCD, PTSD, BDD, and disordered eating. These problems rob one's sense of freedom, confidence and self-worth. We treat these issues with a type of CBT called Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Medical Nutrition Therapy from a Registered Dietician as appropriate. We have helped hundreds of adults and kids master their fears; research shows in-person and live video to be equally effective!
Anxiety Experts has offices in Santa Monica, Goleta, Montecito and Ventura, as well as virtual outpatient and Virtual Intensive Outpatient (VIOP) Treatment. Our team is specialized in treating anxiety, panic, social phobia, school refusal, OCD, PTSD, BDD, and disordered eating. These problems rob one's sense of freedom, confidence and self-worth. We treat these issues with a type of CBT called Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Medical Nutrition Therapy from a Registered Dietician as appropriate. We have helped hundreds of adults and kids master their fears; research shows in-person and live video to be equally effective!
(805) 360-4041 View (805) 360-4041
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Nan Helene Tarlow
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating Anxiety Disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, trichotillomania and related disorders.
I believe each of us is unique. Therefore, in my practice as a licensed clinical psychologist my initial goal is to get to know you so we can, in collaboration, find the best strategies to help you live your life in the way that is most satisfying to you. As a cognitive behavior therapist, it is my goal to be the guide, along with you, to reach your goals by looking at any maladaptive habits, thoughts, or behaviors you have developed that brought you in to therapy.
I specialize in treating Anxiety Disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, trichotillomania and related disorders.
I believe each of us is unique. Therefore, in my practice as a licensed clinical psychologist my initial goal is to get to know you so we can, in collaboration, find the best strategies to help you live your life in the way that is most satisfying to you. As a cognitive behavior therapist, it is my goal to be the guide, along with you, to reach your goals by looking at any maladaptive habits, thoughts, or behaviors you have developed that brought you in to therapy.
(818) 284-4293 View (818) 284-4293
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Natalie Guerra-Crowe
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
Therapy can be a helpful and beautiful transforming tool. My primary goal is to create a space for you to feel safe to share whatever you need in our sessions. It is your time, and I am here to help guide you and work with you. You are the expert in your story, and together, we will work hard to find solutions and peace. I specialize in working with teens and young adults but have clients of all ages. I also specialize in OCD, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), ADHD, and anxiety. Seeing all clients residing in CA via telehealth.
Therapy can be a helpful and beautiful transforming tool. My primary goal is to create a space for you to feel safe to share whatever you need in our sessions. It is your time, and I am here to help guide you and work with you. You are the expert in your story, and together, we will work hard to find solutions and peace. I specialize in working with teens and young adults but have clients of all ages. I also specialize in OCD, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), ADHD, and anxiety. Seeing all clients residing in CA via telehealth.
(805) 600-3902 View (805) 600-3902
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Grow and Glow Child Therapy LA
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Is your child or teen struggling with low self esteem, social anxiety, OCD? If so, you have come to the right therapist; I specialize in the issues listed above. I am a compassionate, enthusiastic, and skilled therapist who has both passion and years of experience working with children and teens. (ages 5-18). I believe that children need to learn the skills and tools to love, accept and trust themselves. This will provide them with a strong sense of self, and the mindset that they can achieve and be anything. Grow and Glow is the mantra I strive to emphasize for my clients.
Is your child or teen struggling with low self esteem, social anxiety, OCD? If so, you have come to the right therapist; I specialize in the issues listed above. I am a compassionate, enthusiastic, and skilled therapist who has both passion and years of experience working with children and teens. (ages 5-18). I believe that children need to learn the skills and tools to love, accept and trust themselves. This will provide them with a strong sense of self, and the mindset that they can achieve and be anything. Grow and Glow is the mantra I strive to emphasize for my clients.
(310) 455-8246 View (310) 455-8246
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Jessica Serber
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I specialize in OCD and anxiety (including other anxiety disorders) and believe in using the gold standard treatment for them, a specific form of cognitive behavioral therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention.
If you’ve found your way to my profile, I imagine there is some part of your life that feels less-than-ideal. Change is possible and you’ve just taken the first step. Do you experience anxiety or unwanted thoughts or have OCD? Do you find yourself worrying excessively about your safety or that of your loved ones? Is anxiety or self-doubt keeping you from getting what you want out of life, interfering with your relationships, or keeping you stuck? Are you struggling with your self-esteem, body image, or perfectionism?
I specialize in OCD and anxiety (including other anxiety disorders) and believe in using the gold standard treatment for them, a specific form of cognitive behavioral therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention.
If you’ve found your way to my profile, I imagine there is some part of your life that feels less-than-ideal. Change is possible and you’ve just taken the first step. Do you experience anxiety or unwanted thoughts or have OCD? Do you find yourself worrying excessively about your safety or that of your loved ones? Is anxiety or self-doubt keeping you from getting what you want out of life, interfering with your relationships, or keeping you stuck? Are you struggling with your self-esteem, body image, or perfectionism?
(424) 292-6323 View (424) 292-6323
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John X Gaspar
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in providing mental health services for those with psychological disorders and behavioral-emotional concerns. As a former Research Associate at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience, I come from a neuro-psychological background and have over ten years of experience as a mental health professional. I treat a wide range of psychological disorders including anxiety, depression, OCD, and behavioral disorders. Together with cognitive-behavioral techniques and therapeutic insights, we will work to help you overcome insecurities, embrace growth, and maximize your overall wellbeing.
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in providing mental health services for those with psychological disorders and behavioral-emotional concerns. As a former Research Associate at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience, I come from a neuro-psychological background and have over ten years of experience as a mental health professional. I treat a wide range of psychological disorders including anxiety, depression, OCD, and behavioral disorders. Together with cognitive-behavioral techniques and therapeutic insights, we will work to help you overcome insecurities, embrace growth, and maximize your overall wellbeing.
(213) 699-4233 View (213) 699-4233
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Kristen McDonald
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
My practice, which is located in West Los Angeles, offers customized, personalized psychological services to adults of all ages who are experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, trauma, insomnia, relationship concerns, or other struggles that are interfering in their ability to feel fully alive and satisfied. My focus is on providing weekly individual therapy, in person.
My practice, which is located in West Los Angeles, offers customized, personalized psychological services to adults of all ages who are experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, trauma, insomnia, relationship concerns, or other struggles that are interfering in their ability to feel fully alive and satisfied. My focus is on providing weekly individual therapy, in person.
(424) 484-0587 View (424) 484-0587
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Jenny C Yip
Psychologist, PsyD, ABPP
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
If you or your child suffer from OCD or other anxiety disorders, you're not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, yet most sufferers don't receive proper, evidence-based treatment. OCD/anxiety can cause problems socially, academically, professionally, and create chaos with family members. The good news is that there is help. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has repeatedly shown to be the most effective approach for defeating OCD and anxiety. CBT creates new neuro-pathways by changing the way you think and behave. It's basically exercise for the brain. The more you flex those brain muscles, the stronger you become.
If you or your child suffer from OCD or other anxiety disorders, you're not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, yet most sufferers don't receive proper, evidence-based treatment. OCD/anxiety can cause problems socially, academically, professionally, and create chaos with family members. The good news is that there is help. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has repeatedly shown to be the most effective approach for defeating OCD and anxiety. CBT creates new neuro-pathways by changing the way you think and behave. It's basically exercise for the brain. The more you flex those brain muscles, the stronger you become.
(310) 268-1888 View (310) 268-1888

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Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists

How long does OCD treatment take?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often treated on a weekly or twice-weekly schedule, depending on symptom severity and the client’s preferences. Some clients may start to see a noticeable improvement in symptoms in as little as six weeks, but it’s also possible, especially in more severe cases, for treatment to take several months to a year before significant progress is made.

What happens if OCD is not treated?

Some people with OCD, especially those with mild symptoms, may find that they are able to adapt reasonably well to life with the condition, even if their symptoms never resolve completely. However, many people, particularly those whose symptoms are severe at the outset, find that their obsessions and compulsions grow more intrusive with time, making it harder to maintain relationships, hold down a job, or navigate the world successfully.

Are there medications for OCD?

Medication can be used to treat OCD. The class of drugs most often prescribed are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include fluvoxamine (under the brand name Luvox), fluoxetine (Prozac), and sertraline (Zoloft), among others. In cases of treatment-resistant OCD, other classes of medication, such as tricyclic antidepressants or atypical antipsychotics, may be prescribed. Medication is frequently used in conjunction with therapy.

Can OCD come back after treatment?

Yes. Major life transitions, periods of stress, or other factors can cause symptoms to return or, if they were never fully eradicated, to ramp back up in intensity. For some, these relapses are brief and do not require additional treatment; identifying specific triggers and practicing the skills learned in therapy can help speed their course. For others, returning to therapy for a brief period can help address the underlying stress and strengthen coping mechanisms.