Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists in Boston, MA

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Cody Fournier - NOCD
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02109
Unsure if you have OCD? Feel good but still wondering if life could be a little easier? Constantly consumed by OCD? Need help staying accountable to your treatment plan? Experienced with OCD treatment but need a refresher? NOCD is here for you.
My approach to therapy is authentic and compassionate. I understand that intrusive thoughts can be scary. Sometimes you might feel embarrassed when discussing them. I want you to feel comfortable during our therapy session; it's a safe place to discuss your OCD symptoms. I know firsthand the impact OCD can have on somebody. I have received ERP therapy myself and know how effective this treatment modality is for OCD. I have seen the negative impact of ineffective treatment for OCD; I understand that it can dissuade people from getting back into treatment. I want to help people understand they can interrupt the OCD cycle, manage t
Unsure if you have OCD? Feel good but still wondering if life could be a little easier? Constantly consumed by OCD? Need help staying accountable to your treatment plan? Experienced with OCD treatment but need a refresher? NOCD is here for you.
My approach to therapy is authentic and compassionate. I understand that intrusive thoughts can be scary. Sometimes you might feel embarrassed when discussing them. I want you to feel comfortable during our therapy session; it's a safe place to discuss your OCD symptoms. I know firsthand the impact OCD can have on somebody. I have received ERP therapy myself and know how effective this treatment modality is for OCD. I have seen the negative impact of ineffective treatment for OCD; I understand that it can dissuade people from getting back into treatment. I want to help people understand they can interrupt the OCD cycle, manage t
(312) 766-6780 View (312) 766-6780
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David Patrick Klapatch
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
I have worked in the mental health field for 19 years and understand how personal struggles can impact our lives. I have a passion for helping others and enjoy working collaboratively to help people overcome life's may challenges. I work with individuals 16 + and specialize in treating anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Panic Disorder. I utilize a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I look forward to working with you and am confident that my approach will help you begin the healing process.
I have worked in the mental health field for 19 years and understand how personal struggles can impact our lives. I have a passion for helping others and enjoy working collaboratively to help people overcome life's may challenges. I work with individuals 16 + and specialize in treating anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Panic Disorder. I utilize a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I look forward to working with you and am confident that my approach will help you begin the healing process.
(401) 566-8269 View (401) 566-8269
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Diana Kutulos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02215  (Online Only)
My focus areas are anxiety, depression, OCD and life transitions.
Sometimes when life gets hard, it is difficult to ask for help. I aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment that encourages feeling seen and being heard to make that first step a little easier. I am passionate about helping adolescents, college students and young adults understand themselves better and build on their specific strengths. Together, we will work on adapting and personalizing tools to assist in learning how to regulate emotions, explore why certain patterns of thinking and behaving exist, and heal past wounds.
My focus areas are anxiety, depression, OCD and life transitions.
Sometimes when life gets hard, it is difficult to ask for help. I aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment that encourages feeling seen and being heard to make that first step a little easier. I am passionate about helping adolescents, college students and young adults understand themselves better and build on their specific strengths. Together, we will work on adapting and personalizing tools to assist in learning how to regulate emotions, explore why certain patterns of thinking and behaving exist, and heal past wounds.
(516) 585-3219 View (516) 585-3219
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Rachel Spring
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) offering virtual individual therapy for adults in Massachusetts. Whether you are new to therapy or have been in therapy for years, I'm here to assist you with navigating life's challenges. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, work-related issues, relationship issues, and life transitions for young adults. My therapeutic approach is evidence-based and flexible, drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) offering virtual individual therapy for adults in Massachusetts. Whether you are new to therapy or have been in therapy for years, I'm here to assist you with navigating life's challenges. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, work-related issues, relationship issues, and life transitions for young adults. My therapeutic approach is evidence-based and flexible, drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
(508) 978-5064 View (508) 978-5064
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Chia Hsuan Sabrina Chang
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116
*Accepting new clients* You are starting therapy because you have the courage to leave behind the familiar in pursuit of something different. In therapy, we will translate this strength into meaningful changes in your life. I am a fully licensed, Harvard-trained psychologist with expertise in post-traumatic stress disorder, race-based trauma/stress, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. I am also interested in navigating life transitions, role changes and grief alongside my client. You can expect to sit across from a therapist that is warm, authentic and empowering.
*Accepting new clients* You are starting therapy because you have the courage to leave behind the familiar in pursuit of something different. In therapy, we will translate this strength into meaningful changes in your life. I am a fully licensed, Harvard-trained psychologist with expertise in post-traumatic stress disorder, race-based trauma/stress, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. I am also interested in navigating life transitions, role changes and grief alongside my client. You can expect to sit across from a therapist that is warm, authentic and empowering.
(857) 887-4844 View (857) 887-4844
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Kate Schiffman
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CTMH
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
Additionally, I have specialized training from McLean Hospital at the OCD Institute (OCDI) in treating OCD using Exposure Therapy.
It can be difficult navigating the challenges that life throws at you and it is easy to get stuck in a negative cycle of thoughts, feelings and behaviors. With over a decade of experience, we will focus on what is right with you and not on what is wrong with you in order to help you benefit from hardships, identify solutions, increase your happiness and find a better sense of well-being and purpose. My specialty is in treating OCD, anxiety and phobias using Exposure Therapy, CBT, ACT, DBT and coping skills. I also enjoy incorporating my passion of art into my sessions through Expressive Therapy, focusing on visual arts.
Additionally, I have specialized training from McLean Hospital at the OCD Institute (OCDI) in treating OCD using Exposure Therapy.
It can be difficult navigating the challenges that life throws at you and it is easy to get stuck in a negative cycle of thoughts, feelings and behaviors. With over a decade of experience, we will focus on what is right with you and not on what is wrong with you in order to help you benefit from hardships, identify solutions, increase your happiness and find a better sense of well-being and purpose. My specialty is in treating OCD, anxiety and phobias using Exposure Therapy, CBT, ACT, DBT and coping skills. I also enjoy incorporating my passion of art into my sessions through Expressive Therapy, focusing on visual arts.
(617) 477-8776 View (617) 477-8776
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Katie Lee Loatman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
I offer compassionate, non-judgmental treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD and substance use issues. Using research-based techniques, I help clients create a toolbox of skills to use in times of distress, and provide a warm and supportive environment for self-exploration and growth. I am an Assistant Psychologist and Instructor in Psychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
I offer compassionate, non-judgmental treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD and substance use issues. Using research-based techniques, I help clients create a toolbox of skills to use in times of distress, and provide a warm and supportive environment for self-exploration and growth. I am an Assistant Psychologist and Instructor in Psychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
(914) 229-9738 View (914) 229-9738
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Regine Thiam-Kindler
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience with ASD, OCD, eating disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, stress related to chronic pain and medical conditions, and trauma informed care.
Dear Reader, You deserve credit for taking this important step by searching for a provider who can support you on your journey of healing and growth. You might be anxious about making the right choice because you don’t want to waste your time and money. Know that I aim for my clients to experience therapy as a worthy investment. I am a licensed mental health counselor and former dietitian. I offer the perspective of someone who has lived, studied, and worked in two different countries, and who has served people from diverse backgrounds in various settings including inpatient, residential and outpatient care.
I have extensive experience with ASD, OCD, eating disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, stress related to chronic pain and medical conditions, and trauma informed care.
Dear Reader, You deserve credit for taking this important step by searching for a provider who can support you on your journey of healing and growth. You might be anxious about making the right choice because you don’t want to waste your time and money. Know that I aim for my clients to experience therapy as a worthy investment. I am a licensed mental health counselor and former dietitian. I offer the perspective of someone who has lived, studied, and worked in two different countries, and who has served people from diverse backgrounds in various settings including inpatient, residential and outpatient care.
(339) 220-5981 View (339) 220-5981
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Samuel Skeen
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02116
I see individuals with a wide range of ages and presenting concerns, however I specialize in treating anxiety, OCD, and in adolescent psychotherapy.
With any and all presenting concerns, I provide a warm, non-judgmental environment. I have an integrative approach, with a particular focus on motivational enhancement, insight oriented exploration of past experiences, and when appropriate, specific tools and coping strategies. I use a number of research backed cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) protocols, which are proven to be effective in treating anxiety and depression. However, I am careful to use these methods in the context of a client centered and welcoming environment which accounts for an individual's particular needs, experiences, and readiness to change.
I see individuals with a wide range of ages and presenting concerns, however I specialize in treating anxiety, OCD, and in adolescent psychotherapy.
With any and all presenting concerns, I provide a warm, non-judgmental environment. I have an integrative approach, with a particular focus on motivational enhancement, insight oriented exploration of past experiences, and when appropriate, specific tools and coping strategies. I use a number of research backed cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) protocols, which are proven to be effective in treating anxiety and depression. However, I am careful to use these methods in the context of a client centered and welcoming environment which accounts for an individual's particular needs, experiences, and readiness to change.
(781) 556-6138 View (781) 556-6138
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Hilary Weingarden
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
Welcome! If anxiety, obsessive thoughts, compulsions, or struggles with body image are draining your time and energy, I am hopeful that I can help. I'm a licensed psychologist with specialized training and >10 years of experience assessing and treating anxiety (panic disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and related disorders (hair pulling/trichotillomania, skin picking, emetophobia, body dysmorphic disorder, health anxiety) in adults. I use evidence-based approaches – that is, assessment and treatment methods shown through research to be effective for my areas of specialization.
Welcome! If anxiety, obsessive thoughts, compulsions, or struggles with body image are draining your time and energy, I am hopeful that I can help. I'm a licensed psychologist with specialized training and >10 years of experience assessing and treating anxiety (panic disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and related disorders (hair pulling/trichotillomania, skin picking, emetophobia, body dysmorphic disorder, health anxiety) in adults. I use evidence-based approaches – that is, assessment and treatment methods shown through research to be effective for my areas of specialization.
(781) 417-3270 View (781) 417-3270
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Jennifer Ragan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110
I received training through Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the treatment of Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hypochondriasis, Panic Disorder, Skin-picking, Hairpulling, Social Anxiety, and Phobias. I also specialize in treating ADHD/Executive Functioning issues that make it difficult for young adults to get through college. I use the most up-to-date, empirically-validated, hands-on treatments to help my patients achieve real results by reducing active symptoms and improving their quality of life.
I received training through Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the treatment of Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hypochondriasis, Panic Disorder, Skin-picking, Hairpulling, Social Anxiety, and Phobias. I also specialize in treating ADHD/Executive Functioning issues that make it difficult for young adults to get through college. I use the most up-to-date, empirically-validated, hands-on treatments to help my patients achieve real results by reducing active symptoms and improving their quality of life.
(617) 607-4941 View (617) 607-4941
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Erin B Sandler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
Depression, anxiety, and OCD have become all too common, but they don’t have to ruin our lives. Using research-proven methods in the context of a warm, empathetic therapy relationship, I’ve spent over 16 years guiding countless struggling individuals in overcoming these hurdles so they can thrive once more.
Depression, anxiety, and OCD have become all too common, but they don’t have to ruin our lives. Using research-proven methods in the context of a warm, empathetic therapy relationship, I’ve spent over 16 years guiding countless struggling individuals in overcoming these hurdles so they can thrive once more.
(508) 719-7328 View (508) 719-7328
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Charlotte Lewis
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMHC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02199
Now Accepting New Clients! I am a provisionally licensed Mental Health Counselor and Psychotherapist at And Still We Rise, LLC. I received my B.S. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Trauma Specialization Studies from Lesley University. I am committed to multicultural competence and anti-racist practices. I provide individual psychotherapy for a range of presenting concerns, including trauma work, grief and loss, disordered eating, and domestic violence, with additional experience in, OCD work, anxiety/depression, and substance abuse.
Now Accepting New Clients! I am a provisionally licensed Mental Health Counselor and Psychotherapist at And Still We Rise, LLC. I received my B.S. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Trauma Specialization Studies from Lesley University. I am committed to multicultural competence and anti-racist practices. I provide individual psychotherapy for a range of presenting concerns, including trauma work, grief and loss, disordered eating, and domestic violence, with additional experience in, OCD work, anxiety/depression, and substance abuse.
(888) 572-0795 View (888) 572-0795
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Kelly McGrath - NOCD
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02109
Imagine what life would be like if you weren't bothered by OCD. NOCD is here to help you regain peace of mind. NOCD is a digital health company that’s focused on effectively treating people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Inside the NOCD mobile app, you can work with one of our licensed mental health therapists with specialty training in OCD. When your therapist isn’t available, access support communities and therapeutic tools - so that you are never alone. NOCD’s protocol has been proven to reduce OCD severity by 40% in less than 10 weeks.
Imagine what life would be like if you weren't bothered by OCD. NOCD is here to help you regain peace of mind. NOCD is a digital health company that’s focused on effectively treating people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Inside the NOCD mobile app, you can work with one of our licensed mental health therapists with specialty training in OCD. When your therapist isn’t available, access support communities and therapeutic tools - so that you are never alone. NOCD’s protocol has been proven to reduce OCD severity by 40% in less than 10 weeks.
(857) 309-2287 View (857) 309-2287
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Rebecca La Prade
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02127  (Online Only)
I have a passion for working with teens, young adults, and adults who struggle with anxiety spectrum disorders (including OCD), perfectionism, SI, self-injurious behavior, substance use, depression, relationship difficulties, and who want to build a life worth living.
Does it feel like anxiety or other emotions hold you hostage? Or do you, your teen, or your college-aged child struggle to make sense of your emotions or feel like emotions (or running from emotions) drive your decisions? Emotions are beautiful and challenging, and I love helping teens, young adults, and adults navigate the storm. I completed my post-doc training at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the 3East Intensive Program providing adherent DBT therapy to adolescents. I have experience in a range of settings including community mental health, IOP, PHP, and Residential Treatment.
I have a passion for working with teens, young adults, and adults who struggle with anxiety spectrum disorders (including OCD), perfectionism, SI, self-injurious behavior, substance use, depression, relationship difficulties, and who want to build a life worth living.
Does it feel like anxiety or other emotions hold you hostage? Or do you, your teen, or your college-aged child struggle to make sense of your emotions or feel like emotions (or running from emotions) drive your decisions? Emotions are beautiful and challenging, and I love helping teens, young adults, and adults navigate the storm. I completed my post-doc training at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the 3East Intensive Program providing adherent DBT therapy to adolescents. I have experience in a range of settings including community mental health, IOP, PHP, and Residential Treatment.
(617) 410-5538 View (617) 410-5538
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Mixi Lopez-Corbin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02127  (Online Only)
I specialize in empowering adults and teens to conquer anxiety, OCD, and life transitions.
You are tired of the constant worry and doubt. You find yourself spending a lot of time trying to calm the thoughts but the relief doesn’t last long. Maybe a major change or unexpected transition is affecting your focus and ability to complete tasks on time. You deserve a life where you can embrace all the difficult emotions and feel confident and grounded at the same time.
I specialize in empowering adults and teens to conquer anxiety, OCD, and life transitions.
You are tired of the constant worry and doubt. You find yourself spending a lot of time trying to calm the thoughts but the relief doesn’t last long. Maybe a major change or unexpected transition is affecting your focus and ability to complete tasks on time. You deserve a life where you can embrace all the difficult emotions and feel confident and grounded at the same time.
(443) 330-7801 View (443) 330-7801
Jessica Rasmussen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am trained in and provide specialized CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding, Skin Picking and Trichotillomania.
I am a licensed psychologist who provides individual therapy for a wide array of adults in downtown Boston, MA. I am specialized in the delivery of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for a wide range of issues including, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and depression. Therapeutic techniques that I frequently use include exposure and response prevention and cognitive-therapy, as well as mindfulness based strategies. I highly value the therapeutic relationship and believe that it can be instrumental in the treatment process.
I am trained in and provide specialized CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding, Skin Picking and Trichotillomania.
I am a licensed psychologist who provides individual therapy for a wide array of adults in downtown Boston, MA. I am specialized in the delivery of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for a wide range of issues including, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and depression. Therapeutic techniques that I frequently use include exposure and response prevention and cognitive-therapy, as well as mindfulness based strategies. I highly value the therapeutic relationship and believe that it can be instrumental in the treatment process.
(617) 819-8408 View (617) 819-8408
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Adam Jaroszewski
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02114
Most people with emotional disorders such as OCD, anxiety and depression suffer for years before getting the help they deserve. As a Harvard-trained clinical psychologist, I specialize in treating emotional disorders with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is the gold standard treatment for OCD and related disorders (e.g., BDD, hair-pulling, skin-picking), anxiety (e.g., social, panic, phobias, GAD), and depression.
Most people with emotional disorders such as OCD, anxiety and depression suffer for years before getting the help they deserve. As a Harvard-trained clinical psychologist, I specialize in treating emotional disorders with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is the gold standard treatment for OCD and related disorders (e.g., BDD, hair-pulling, skin-picking), anxiety (e.g., social, panic, phobias, GAD), and depression.
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Dr. Natasha H. Bailen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! I specialize in evidence-based treatments for OCD and anxiety. Outside of my private practice, I am also on faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Anxiety and fear can limit our lives in a number of ways, leading us to withdraw from people and activities we care about. In therapy, we will use cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, mindfulness techniques, and emotion regulation skills to work toward approaching difficult situations, changing unhelpful behaviors, and building a life worth living.
Hello and welcome! I specialize in evidence-based treatments for OCD and anxiety. Outside of my private practice, I am also on faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Anxiety and fear can limit our lives in a number of ways, leading us to withdraw from people and activities we care about. In therapy, we will use cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, mindfulness techniques, and emotion regulation skills to work toward approaching difficult situations, changing unhelpful behaviors, and building a life worth living.
(617) 249-6309 View (617) 249-6309
Skye Walker - NOCD
Psychologist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02109  (Online Only)
Imagine what life would be like if you weren't bothered by OCD. NOCD is here to help you regain peace of mind. NOCD is a digital health company that’s focused on effectively treating people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Inside the NOCD mobile app, you can work with one of our licensed mental health therapists with specialty training in OCD. When your therapist isn’t available, access support communities and therapeutic tools - so that you are never alone. NOCD’s protocol has been proven to reduce OCD severity by 40% in less than 10 weeks.
Imagine what life would be like if you weren't bothered by OCD. NOCD is here to help you regain peace of mind. NOCD is a digital health company that’s focused on effectively treating people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Inside the NOCD mobile app, you can work with one of our licensed mental health therapists with specialty training in OCD. When your therapist isn’t available, access support communities and therapeutic tools - so that you are never alone. NOCD’s protocol has been proven to reduce OCD severity by 40% in less than 10 weeks.
(872) 401-8700 View (872) 401-8700
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.