Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists in West Sacramento, CA

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Deborah E Cohen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CHT, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Sacramento, CA 95605  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating anxiety and panic attacks, phobias, PTSD, eating disorders, trauma recovery, sexual abuse recovery, OCD, depression, and couples therapy, I offer therapy groups, including: (1) Self-Discovery: Transforming the Shadow Within (2) Groups for those struggling with leaving spiritual organizations or having left, due to maltreatment.
If you feel unfulfilled in your relationships and find loss and change difficult, and if you want to get to the source of the patterns and blocks keeping you stuck in worry, anxiety, emotional eating, lost sleep, and a lack of purpose, then I can help. I especially enjoy working with couples and individuals longing for a connection to their "soul's wisdom" so they can feel more balance, joy, and fulfillment. I am an integrative, holistic mind-body-spirit psychotherapist. I offer techniques that will help you tune into your deepest self, the part of you that has your best wisdom and answers for what you are seeking in your life.
I specialize in treating anxiety and panic attacks, phobias, PTSD, eating disorders, trauma recovery, sexual abuse recovery, OCD, depression, and couples therapy, I offer therapy groups, including: (1) Self-Discovery: Transforming the Shadow Within (2) Groups for those struggling with leaving spiritual organizations or having left, due to maltreatment.
If you feel unfulfilled in your relationships and find loss and change difficult, and if you want to get to the source of the patterns and blocks keeping you stuck in worry, anxiety, emotional eating, lost sleep, and a lack of purpose, then I can help. I especially enjoy working with couples and individuals longing for a connection to their "soul's wisdom" so they can feel more balance, joy, and fulfillment. I am an integrative, holistic mind-body-spirit psychotherapist. I offer techniques that will help you tune into your deepest self, the part of you that has your best wisdom and answers for what you are seeking in your life.
(916) 251-9983 View (916) 251-9983
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Jesus Leyva
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
West Sacramento, CA 95605  (Online Only)
Dr. Jesus Leyva is a clinical psychologist who is licensed in the state of California. Dr. Leyva provides psychological testing and psychotherapy services via Telehealth.
Dr. Jesus Leyva is a clinical psychologist who is licensed in the state of California. Dr. Leyva provides psychological testing and psychotherapy services via Telehealth.
(279) 348-2335 View (279) 348-2335
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Horizon Counseling Center Group Practice
Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT, MFT, Trainee
Verified Verified
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Offices in Folsom, Roseville, Sacramento and West Sacramento. Check out our website for address locations. Our group of therapists are available to see adults, teens, children, couples, and families experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, hoarding, co-parenting, panic attacks, school issues, relationship issues, family communication, conflict management, parent/teen conflict, and anger management. They also have experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the family who support them. We have therapists trained in Gottman Level 1 and 2, Brain Spotting, Sand-tray and EMDR.
Offices in Folsom, Roseville, Sacramento and West Sacramento. Check out our website for address locations. Our group of therapists are available to see adults, teens, children, couples, and families experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, hoarding, co-parenting, panic attacks, school issues, relationship issues, family communication, conflict management, parent/teen conflict, and anger management. They also have experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the family who support them. We have therapists trained in Gottman Level 1 and 2, Brain Spotting, Sand-tray and EMDR.
(916) 347-4472 View (916) 347-4472
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Tishawna Charee Mims
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
West Sacramento, CA 95605  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Tishawna Mims, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) with the state of California. I have a great deal of experience working with youth and adults, providing individual and group therapy to patients within community agencies, on issues like anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, PTSD, and more. I have a passion for working with a diverse and multicultural population.
Hello! My name is Tishawna Mims, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) with the state of California. I have a great deal of experience working with youth and adults, providing individual and group therapy to patients within community agencies, on issues like anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, PTSD, and more. I have a passion for working with a diverse and multicultural population.
(323) 677-2901 View (323) 677-2901
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Candice Marie Erba
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RN, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
West Sacramento, CA 95605  (Online Only)
If you are trying to tough things out on your own or avoiding issues in your relationship that hold you back from a more fulfilling life, now there is hope! I have 35 years experience as a psychotherapist, couples therapist, and mediator, helping individuals and couples make positive changes in their lives--both immediate and lasting. The goals of psychotherapy are tailored to the specific problems, but always include greater self awareness, healing of old wounds and present losses, better coping skills, and feeling both more secure and more free. I will help you discover more effective ways of dealing with challenges and issues.
If you are trying to tough things out on your own or avoiding issues in your relationship that hold you back from a more fulfilling life, now there is hope! I have 35 years experience as a psychotherapist, couples therapist, and mediator, helping individuals and couples make positive changes in their lives--both immediate and lasting. The goals of psychotherapy are tailored to the specific problems, but always include greater self awareness, healing of old wounds and present losses, better coping skills, and feeling both more secure and more free. I will help you discover more effective ways of dealing with challenges and issues.
(916) 794-0161 View (916) 794-0161
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Megan E Evans
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Worried, sad, confused, in conflict? Can't stop thinking? Feeling little pleasure or joy? Compassionately, I will help you reduce anxiety, resolve old business, uncover your strengths, and connect more deeply with others. With practical information and proven techniques, I can help you access your inner compass, work, sleep and play better. You can learn to trust yourself, work through past hurt and anger, understand and fully appreciate yourself and others. I'm honored to partner with a wide variety of people on their journeys of personal development, and I'm always impressed with the resilience and courage of my clients.
Worried, sad, confused, in conflict? Can't stop thinking? Feeling little pleasure or joy? Compassionately, I will help you reduce anxiety, resolve old business, uncover your strengths, and connect more deeply with others. With practical information and proven techniques, I can help you access your inner compass, work, sleep and play better. You can learn to trust yourself, work through past hurt and anger, understand and fully appreciate yourself and others. I'm honored to partner with a wide variety of people on their journeys of personal development, and I'm always impressed with the resilience and courage of my clients.
(530) 631-3252 View (530) 631-3252
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Micaela Marie Van Dine
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Sacramento, CA 95605
I am a forensic psychotherapist that works with families involved in custody disputes with a focus on the best interests for children. My focus with all clients is to find solutions to complex issues. My approach is direct and goal oriented. For psychotherapy, I treat individuals, families, and children. I also hold closed support groups for Recovery from Psychological Abuse (specifically narcissistic abuse). I work extensively with individuals going through divorce. I enjoy working with children and teens in treating depression/ anxiety, Trauma, Introversion/social anxiety, peer issues, and parental conflict/divorce.
I am a forensic psychotherapist that works with families involved in custody disputes with a focus on the best interests for children. My focus with all clients is to find solutions to complex issues. My approach is direct and goal oriented. For psychotherapy, I treat individuals, families, and children. I also hold closed support groups for Recovery from Psychological Abuse (specifically narcissistic abuse). I work extensively with individuals going through divorce. I enjoy working with children and teens in treating depression/ anxiety, Trauma, Introversion/social anxiety, peer issues, and parental conflict/divorce.
(916) 507-1817 View (916) 507-1817
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Allison Alvarez-Lara
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Do you have a hard time putting yourself first? Do you find yourself walking on eggshells in your relationships? Are you a worrier? Do those worries and negative thoughts interfere constantly with your daily life? You may feel like your brain never stops, even waking up in the middle of the night with a million thoughts in your head. You might find yourself replaying situations from yesterday or from 10 years ago obsessing about what went wrong. You often get stuck in a never-ending loop of anxiety and guilt. It’s exhausting, frustrating, and overwhelming!
Do you have a hard time putting yourself first? Do you find yourself walking on eggshells in your relationships? Are you a worrier? Do those worries and negative thoughts interfere constantly with your daily life? You may feel like your brain never stops, even waking up in the middle of the night with a million thoughts in your head. You might find yourself replaying situations from yesterday or from 10 years ago obsessing about what went wrong. You often get stuck in a never-ending loop of anxiety and guilt. It’s exhausting, frustrating, and overwhelming!
(916) 619-3009 View (916) 619-3009
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Braley Klatt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Sacramento, CA 95798  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Seeking a therapist can be the starting point towards the changes you want to make in your life. This process can be exciting and intimidating. An ideal therapist is one who is understanding, and offers clients a supportive environment. Building a positive self-image, developing healthy communication skills, strengthening relationships, and creating effective coping skills is our goal. I believe the relationship between a therapist and client is the strongest component of the therapy experience. Honesty and a straightforward approach is what you can expect. I love what I do, and I look forward to working with you.
Seeking a therapist can be the starting point towards the changes you want to make in your life. This process can be exciting and intimidating. An ideal therapist is one who is understanding, and offers clients a supportive environment. Building a positive self-image, developing healthy communication skills, strengthening relationships, and creating effective coping skills is our goal. I believe the relationship between a therapist and client is the strongest component of the therapy experience. Honesty and a straightforward approach is what you can expect. I love what I do, and I look forward to working with you.
(657) 251-1686 View (657) 251-1686
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Rebecca Hahn-Hooten
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to find out if I am the therapist to help YOU! In a telehealth private setting, with a nonjudgmental and hopeful approach to therapy, we can comfortably explore the sources of your stress, change destructive behaviors, and the root of negative thought patterns for personal relief, relationship interactions, and overall life improvement. I am experienced in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to help those, like you, who are struggling to attain a more acceptable, satisfying, and productive life.
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to find out if I am the therapist to help YOU! In a telehealth private setting, with a nonjudgmental and hopeful approach to therapy, we can comfortably explore the sources of your stress, change destructive behaviors, and the root of negative thought patterns for personal relief, relationship interactions, and overall life improvement. I am experienced in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to help those, like you, who are struggling to attain a more acceptable, satisfying, and productive life.
(530) 489-4867 View (530) 489-4867
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Alanna Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Hi there, I'm Alanna! My name is Alanna Walker, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently, I provide telehealth services for clients in California. I also provided in-person and telehealth services for clients in Nevada. I am certified in dialectical behavioral therapy and domestic violence. I also have training in substance use disorder and addiction. The population I serve in practice ranges from children to adults. I have experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, and substance use disorders.
Hi there, I'm Alanna! My name is Alanna Walker, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently, I provide telehealth services for clients in California. I also provided in-person and telehealth services for clients in Nevada. I am certified in dialectical behavioral therapy and domestic violence. I also have training in substance use disorder and addiction. The population I serve in practice ranges from children to adults. I have experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, and substance use disorders.
(209) 859-3445 View (209) 859-3445

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Dr. Katie S Polsky
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who as a generalist works with a variety of presenting problems and enjoys working with different populations. I have extensive experience working with women, men, adolescents, and children with eating disorders and OCD. It is critical to individually tailor treatment to each client's needs. I utilize relational, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, values based therapies in my practice. I have experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I have a collaborative approach where therapist and client work as a team to better understand the problem and work towards healing and emotional health.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who as a generalist works with a variety of presenting problems and enjoys working with different populations. I have extensive experience working with women, men, adolescents, and children with eating disorders and OCD. It is critical to individually tailor treatment to each client's needs. I utilize relational, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, values based therapies in my practice. I have experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I have a collaborative approach where therapist and client work as a team to better understand the problem and work towards healing and emotional health.
(916) 678-1993 View (916) 678-1993
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Sage Anxiety Treatment Program, Robin Kirk MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811
I specialize in the treatment of all anxiety-related disorders, including OCD, Social Anxiety, and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake. After developing a treatment protocol at the Intensive Program level that was the first in the nation to integrate mindfulness-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ("ACT") with Exposure Therapy in the treatment of OCD, I am continuing that work in private practice. My focus is on helping people respond differently to the physical sensations of anxiety, get some space from "sticky" thoughts, and to return to the present moment.
I specialize in the treatment of all anxiety-related disorders, including OCD, Social Anxiety, and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake. After developing a treatment protocol at the Intensive Program level that was the first in the nation to integrate mindfulness-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ("ACT") with Exposure Therapy in the treatment of OCD, I am continuing that work in private practice. My focus is on helping people respond differently to the physical sensations of anxiety, get some space from "sticky" thoughts, and to return to the present moment.
(916) 507-0830 View (916) 507-0830
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Man Nguyen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 94203  (Online Only)
I provide psychoeducation about OCD and help creating exposure hierarchy.
Feeling stuck and hopeless in the intrusive, unwanted, repetitive and distressing thoughts, feelings, images, sensations or urges? Feeling the compulsion perform endless rituals, or engaging avoidance, mental rumination, or reassurance seeking behaviors to relieve the uncertainty? You are looking at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD has held you hostages, has been affecting your school, work, life and relationship with others. It has prevented you from living a full life. It's time for you to stare OCD in the face, "You don't get to control my life. I will break your OC cycles at the weakest link and claim back my life!"
I provide psychoeducation about OCD and help creating exposure hierarchy.
Feeling stuck and hopeless in the intrusive, unwanted, repetitive and distressing thoughts, feelings, images, sensations or urges? Feeling the compulsion perform endless rituals, or engaging avoidance, mental rumination, or reassurance seeking behaviors to relieve the uncertainty? You are looking at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD has held you hostages, has been affecting your school, work, life and relationship with others. It has prevented you from living a full life. It's time for you to stare OCD in the face, "You don't get to control my life. I will break your OC cycles at the weakest link and claim back my life!"
(707) 207-8503 View (707) 207-8503
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Exposure Therapy Designs
Counselor
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
Welcome to Exposure Therapy Designs! We’re here to provide virtual EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Response), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for OCD. Our clinicians offer teletherapy for residents of California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. We are provider members of the Lotus Therapy Fund and Open Path Collective out of our commitment to making mental health care accessible.
Welcome to Exposure Therapy Designs! We’re here to provide virtual EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Response), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for OCD. Our clinicians offer teletherapy for residents of California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. We are provider members of the Lotus Therapy Fund and Open Path Collective out of our commitment to making mental health care accessible.
(530) 292-7445 View (530) 292-7445
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Danielle Miller - NOCD
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 94203  (Online Only)
I believe in treating OCD by helping you manage it effectively. Together, we’ll identify and implement strategies to help you reach your goals. My passion for helping people and understanding their unique stories led me to become a therapist, allowing me to build meaningful relationships and support your journey. My practice emphasizes a whole-body approach to mental health: sometimes it’s helpful to change our body to change our mind. At NOCD, my team and I are dedicated to providing comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for people with OCD.
I believe in treating OCD by helping you manage it effectively. Together, we’ll identify and implement strategies to help you reach your goals. My passion for helping people and understanding their unique stories led me to become a therapist, allowing me to build meaningful relationships and support your journey. My practice emphasizes a whole-body approach to mental health: sometimes it’s helpful to change our body to change our mind. At NOCD, my team and I are dedicated to providing comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for people with OCD.
(312) 766-6780 View (312) 766-6780
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Linda Rolufs
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
If you have OCD symptoms, high-anxiety, or relationship stress, I would love to support you! I have seen the freedom people feel when they no longer seek to avoid or escape, their emotions and the realities of their life.
You’re stressed out, worried all the time, and exhausted. Your to-do list is a mile long and you feel like you are letting everyone down. You have big feelings and painful experiences in the past—and you’ve tried everything to cope. You don’t want to feel worried, sad, or mad anymore. You can have a better life and relationships! Visit www.lovehealgrow.com to learn more or schedule with me today!
If you have OCD symptoms, high-anxiety, or relationship stress, I would love to support you! I have seen the freedom people feel when they no longer seek to avoid or escape, their emotions and the realities of their life.
You’re stressed out, worried all the time, and exhausted. Your to-do list is a mile long and you feel like you are letting everyone down. You have big feelings and painful experiences in the past—and you’ve tried everything to cope. You don’t want to feel worried, sad, or mad anymore. You can have a better life and relationships! Visit www.lovehealgrow.com to learn more or schedule with me today!
(530) 464-1465 View (530) 464-1465
Post Narcissistic Abuse-Codependency/ OCD/GAD
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95818
For OCD and Anxiety I do CBT and Exposure Therapy.
Calif Only. In person Only. Narcissistic abuse is one of the worst things you have to go through. You can and will recover with some good therapy and God. I use spirituality in my work. Please note: There are many stages of Narc Abuse: Currently in relationship, seeking to leave, etc. I focus on and restrict my practice to POST narc abuse ONLY-after you have left the Narcissist. I do not take clients in active divorce/custody or court involved cases. I specialize in codependency/ empowerment of women post abuse and post abuser. We don't talk about the abuser, we focus on you owning your power!
For OCD and Anxiety I do CBT and Exposure Therapy.
Calif Only. In person Only. Narcissistic abuse is one of the worst things you have to go through. You can and will recover with some good therapy and God. I use spirituality in my work. Please note: There are many stages of Narc Abuse: Currently in relationship, seeking to leave, etc. I focus on and restrict my practice to POST narc abuse ONLY-after you have left the Narcissist. I do not take clients in active divorce/custody or court involved cases. I specialize in codependency/ empowerment of women post abuse and post abuser. We don't talk about the abuser, we focus on you owning your power!
(916) 587-7954 View (916) 587-7954
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Jennie Gault
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating Anxiety: OCD, Panic Disorder, and Phobias plus school & test anxiety, fear of failure, perfectionism, and challenges in making decisions.
**As of May 1, 2024: I am accepting new clients. I'm fortunate that I figured out that I wanted to help others when I was 19-- I just knew this career was for me. My approach is pro-active & encouraging. I'm not here to judge you. We'll examine your thinking patterns and practice skills to reduce uncomfortable feelings. For anxiety, I'll help you face worries gradually to set you up for success. Your accomplishments are mine too. Since emotional issues often impact relationships, I offer family sessions to increase family cohesiveness.
I specialize in treating Anxiety: OCD, Panic Disorder, and Phobias plus school & test anxiety, fear of failure, perfectionism, and challenges in making decisions.
**As of May 1, 2024: I am accepting new clients. I'm fortunate that I figured out that I wanted to help others when I was 19-- I just knew this career was for me. My approach is pro-active & encouraging. I'm not here to judge you. We'll examine your thinking patterns and practice skills to reduce uncomfortable feelings. For anxiety, I'll help you face worries gradually to set you up for success. Your accomplishments are mine too. Since emotional issues often impact relationships, I offer family sessions to increase family cohesiveness.
(530) 296-8890 View (530) 296-8890
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Michael J Greenberg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 94203  (Online Only)
Other search terms: HOCD, SO-OCD, sexual orientation OCD, ROCD, relationship OCD, POCD, harm OCD, intrusive thoughts, violent thoughts, retroactive jealousy, real event OCD; somatic OCD; BFRB, body-focused repetitive behaviors, trichotillomania, hair-pulling, skin-picking, excoriation; GAD, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, health anxiety, hypochondriasis.
I specialize in Rumination-Focused ERP for OCD. This approach to ERP focuses on treating compulsive rumination, and provides a highly systematic yet gentler approach to exposure therapy. RF-ERP can be helpful to patients who have not made significant progress in other types of treatment, including individuals with Pure O or Sensorimotor OCD.
Other search terms: HOCD, SO-OCD, sexual orientation OCD, ROCD, relationship OCD, POCD, harm OCD, intrusive thoughts, violent thoughts, retroactive jealousy, real event OCD; somatic OCD; BFRB, body-focused repetitive behaviors, trichotillomania, hair-pulling, skin-picking, excoriation; GAD, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, health anxiety, hypochondriasis.
I specialize in Rumination-Focused ERP for OCD. This approach to ERP focuses on treating compulsive rumination, and provides a highly systematic yet gentler approach to exposure therapy. RF-ERP can be helpful to patients who have not made significant progress in other types of treatment, including individuals with Pure O or Sensorimotor OCD.
(347) 862-9557 View (347) 862-9557

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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.