Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists in Minneapolis, MN

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Eric Bender
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Children and Adolescents Adults Anxiety Depression Relationship Issues Adjustment Disorder Anger Management Behavioral Issues Blended Families Divorce Family Conflict Fears/Phobias Life Transitions Panic Disorders Parenting Peer Relationships Suicidal Ideation Social Anxiety Separation Anxiety Self Esteem School Issues.
Eric brings a compassionate, collaborative, and fun approach to working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. He strives to create a safe environment for clients to share their stories and learn more about themselves and their world. Eric encourages growth by providing tools to better understand emotions and the way they influence our daily lives. Eric completed his Master's degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Wisconsin–Stout. He has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy in adolescent day treatment, outpatient, and in­ home settings.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Children and Adolescents Adults Anxiety Depression Relationship Issues Adjustment Disorder Anger Management Behavioral Issues Blended Families Divorce Family Conflict Fears/Phobias Life Transitions Panic Disorders Parenting Peer Relationships Suicidal Ideation Social Anxiety Separation Anxiety Self Esteem School Issues.
Eric brings a compassionate, collaborative, and fun approach to working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. He strives to create a safe environment for clients to share their stories and learn more about themselves and their world. Eric encourages growth by providing tools to better understand emotions and the way they influence our daily lives. Eric completed his Master's degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Wisconsin–Stout. He has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy in adolescent day treatment, outpatient, and in­ home settings.
(952) 260-2983 View (952) 260-2983
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Elise Davidson
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55415  (Online Only)
I specialize in serving adults age 18+ with with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. My philosophy is that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected, and these inform how we experience the world. I utilize evidence-based therapies such as CBT and ERP (exposure & response prevention) to help you challenge beliefs that are keeping you stuck or unsatisfied with life. When working together, I would first focus on building a connection with you. Then together, we would collaboratively navigate through the web of your mental health symptoms.
I specialize in serving adults age 18+ with with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. My philosophy is that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected, and these inform how we experience the world. I utilize evidence-based therapies such as CBT and ERP (exposure & response prevention) to help you challenge beliefs that are keeping you stuck or unsatisfied with life. When working together, I would first focus on building a connection with you. Then together, we would collaboratively navigate through the web of your mental health symptoms.
(612) 361-4735 View (612) 361-4735
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Laura Tripet Dodge
Psychologist, MS, LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55410  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Life provides for each of us opportunities to learn new skills, face our fears, or challenges us to let go of old problem patterns. When we become stuck or don't adapt, we experience difficulty. Working collaboratively with you, my focus is to help you develop skills and take action to move forward in healthier ways and improve life balance. I am known for my specialty work treating both Anxiety Disorders (OCD, Panic, Phobias and Worry) and Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating and body image concerns).
Life provides for each of us opportunities to learn new skills, face our fears, or challenges us to let go of old problem patterns. When we become stuck or don't adapt, we experience difficulty. Working collaboratively with you, my focus is to help you develop skills and take action to move forward in healthier ways and improve life balance. I am known for my specialty work treating both Anxiety Disorders (OCD, Panic, Phobias and Worry) and Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating and body image concerns).
(952) 373-0396 View (952) 373-0396
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Rebecca Kempenich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55403  (Online Only)
My clients are the champions of their own lives. It is an honor and a privilege to witness clients grow, heal, and establish better relationships. I have specialized training in how to help people manage and overcome obsessive compulsive disorder and in how to help people resolve marital/couple problems.
My clients are the champions of their own lives. It is an honor and a privilege to witness clients grow, heal, and establish better relationships. I have specialized training in how to help people manage and overcome obsessive compulsive disorder and in how to help people resolve marital/couple problems.
(612) 887-2927 x2 View (612) 887-2927 x2
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Lucy Grantz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55409
While I am trained in using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, I currently use a different Evidence-Based Treatment for OCD called Inference-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a commitment to being in the growth process with my clients. If you are struggling with repetitive and distressing thoughts that often seem illogical, this might be OCD. I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with OCD issues and are seeking more peace within themselves. I also have personal, lived experience with recovering from the grips of OCD, and I am passionate about helping others.
While I am trained in using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, I currently use a different Evidence-Based Treatment for OCD called Inference-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a commitment to being in the growth process with my clients. If you are struggling with repetitive and distressing thoughts that often seem illogical, this might be OCD. I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with OCD issues and are seeking more peace within themselves. I also have personal, lived experience with recovering from the grips of OCD, and I am passionate about helping others.
(612) 294-8227 View (612) 294-8227
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Michal Sarah Rischall
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55426
I am a doctoral-level licensed clinical psychologist who provides therapy and comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and their families. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, difficulties in adjustment, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I also provide neuropsychological to clarify concerns such as ADHD, executive functioning deficits, and specific learning disorders. My philosophy is to provide children and adolescents with the tools they need to thrive at home and school through evidence-based interventions.
I am a doctoral-level licensed clinical psychologist who provides therapy and comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and their families. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, difficulties in adjustment, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I also provide neuropsychological to clarify concerns such as ADHD, executive functioning deficits, and specific learning disorders. My philosophy is to provide children and adolescents with the tools they need to thrive at home and school through evidence-based interventions.
(952) 592-3551 View (952) 592-3551
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Christine Vara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, MDiv
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55437  (Online Only)
Are you caught in cycles that leave you exhausted? Do you want to have better relationships but find them splintering? Are you self-critical in your efforts to obtain perfection? Do you find yourself shutting down or shutting off? You don't have to suffer in silence. Nor do you have to leave any part of yourself behind - I work with the whole person. Our identities often intersect with our struggles and our strengths. I'll meet you where you're at, and help you get where you're going. Whether you are just starting or looking to maintain your recovery from eating disorders, trauma and/or OCD, together recovery is possible.
Are you caught in cycles that leave you exhausted? Do you want to have better relationships but find them splintering? Are you self-critical in your efforts to obtain perfection? Do you find yourself shutting down or shutting off? You don't have to suffer in silence. Nor do you have to leave any part of yourself behind - I work with the whole person. Our identities often intersect with our struggles and our strengths. I'll meet you where you're at, and help you get where you're going. Whether you are just starting or looking to maintain your recovery from eating disorders, trauma and/or OCD, together recovery is possible.
(952) 234-8036 View (952) 234-8036
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Sierra Claeson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55404  (Online Only)
I'm here to help you with treating OCD, anxiety, health anxiety, and sex-related concerns.
Hello! I'm currently accepting new clients! I’m glad you’re here! Reading therapist bios and reaching out for therapy takes an enormous amount of courage and so proud of you for taking that first step! My job as your therapist is to help you navigate anxiety and OCD- utilizing evidence-based treatments. I will gently push you towards your goals, and challenge you at times, in a way that feels supportive and kind. I will work from the perspective of your values, while gaining awareness into your real authentic self. I am licensed/registered in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida!
I'm here to help you with treating OCD, anxiety, health anxiety, and sex-related concerns.
Hello! I'm currently accepting new clients! I’m glad you’re here! Reading therapist bios and reaching out for therapy takes an enormous amount of courage and so proud of you for taking that first step! My job as your therapist is to help you navigate anxiety and OCD- utilizing evidence-based treatments. I will gently push you towards your goals, and challenge you at times, in a way that feels supportive and kind. I will work from the perspective of your values, while gaining awareness into your real authentic self. I am licensed/registered in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida!
(763) 225-1691 View (763) 225-1691
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Justin Bradley Matthews
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Getting tangled up with anxiety can feel like playing tug-of-war. Worrying, ruminating, and "what if" thoughts take up can take up so much of your time, making it hard to enjoy the things you love. Maybe you've spent your days trying to fix the way you feel through yoga, meditating, exercising, and even traditional talk therapy. But nothing gives you much relief. You are still stuck and wondering how to get out. If you struggle with anxiety, panic, intrusive thoughts, or OCD…. you are not alone. You are not crazy. You can be back to your old self again. Therapy can help you to be present in your every day life.
Getting tangled up with anxiety can feel like playing tug-of-war. Worrying, ruminating, and "what if" thoughts take up can take up so much of your time, making it hard to enjoy the things you love. Maybe you've spent your days trying to fix the way you feel through yoga, meditating, exercising, and even traditional talk therapy. But nothing gives you much relief. You are still stuck and wondering how to get out. If you struggle with anxiety, panic, intrusive thoughts, or OCD…. you are not alone. You are not crazy. You can be back to your old self again. Therapy can help you to be present in your every day life.
(952) 204-5857 View (952) 204-5857
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Dr. Ghazel Tellawi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hi! I am a queer, Syrian clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating folks dealing with OCD, minority stress, depression, anxiety, and phobias. I also provide gender affirming care for individuals 12 and older who are at various stages in their gender journey. I enjoy working with folks navigating gender identity exploration/transition, as well as sexual and racial identity development. I write letters of support for gender affirming surgery, and can typically get folks in within a week. I also provide ADHD testing and diagnostic assessments for folks 12 and up.
Hi! I am a queer, Syrian clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and treating folks dealing with OCD, minority stress, depression, anxiety, and phobias. I also provide gender affirming care for individuals 12 and older who are at various stages in their gender journey. I enjoy working with folks navigating gender identity exploration/transition, as well as sexual and racial identity development. I write letters of support for gender affirming surgery, and can typically get folks in within a week. I also provide ADHD testing and diagnostic assessments for folks 12 and up.
(502) 673-1744 View (502) 673-1744
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Steve J. Ruff
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55410
In 2018, I also received training at the BTTI intensive workshop on OCD.
Are you concerned about your child or adolescent? Are they struggling with peer relationships, divorce, school difficulties, worry, sadness, or behavioral issues? Are you struggling with how to respond to and manage your child's behaviors and emotions? My gentle yet direct approach helps children identify feelings and challenges, to problem solve and find new, productive ways to cope. I collaborate with parents and families in a way that has a child feeling supported, understood and cared about. I truly enjoy being invited into a child's world, and helping them feel empowered and equipped to get through life's challenges.
In 2018, I also received training at the BTTI intensive workshop on OCD.
Are you concerned about your child or adolescent? Are they struggling with peer relationships, divorce, school difficulties, worry, sadness, or behavioral issues? Are you struggling with how to respond to and manage your child's behaviors and emotions? My gentle yet direct approach helps children identify feelings and challenges, to problem solve and find new, productive ways to cope. I collaborate with parents and families in a way that has a child feeling supported, understood and cared about. I truly enjoy being invited into a child's world, and helping them feel empowered and equipped to get through life's challenges.
(612) 293-9348 View (612) 293-9348
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Maureen Rivord
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55409
I feel privileged to help guide clients on a journey toward living more fulfilling lives. Whether client's struggle with anxiety, OCD, perfectionism or an eating disorder, my therapeutic style is to take a compassionate and nonjudgmental approach in our work together. I strive to meet clients wherever they are, and help them move towards where they want to be based on their own goals and values. I believe connection, collaboration and humor are essential qualities to fostering a trusting and warm therapeutic environment where I will encourage vulnerability and risk taking to help client's move towards what is important to them.
I feel privileged to help guide clients on a journey toward living more fulfilling lives. Whether client's struggle with anxiety, OCD, perfectionism or an eating disorder, my therapeutic style is to take a compassionate and nonjudgmental approach in our work together. I strive to meet clients wherever they are, and help them move towards where they want to be based on their own goals and values. I believe connection, collaboration and humor are essential qualities to fostering a trusting and warm therapeutic environment where I will encourage vulnerability and risk taking to help client's move towards what is important to them.
(612) 260-8793 View (612) 260-8793
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Jen McVann
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55410
I also work with most mental health issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, and trauma - and with folks just trying to get unstuck.
At some point in our lives, many of us look around and realize we no longer like the life we've built - or maybe even who we've become while living it. We may even feel we should like it, but somehow it no longer fits. I build relationships with clients, creating a safe place to explore and express these feelings. Therapy creates change by examining the experiences and beliefs that contribute to feeling stuck and make it harder to hear our own, often elusive, inner knowing. I love working with clients to address the issues holding them back so they can create a life and self that excites them again.
I also work with most mental health issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, and trauma - and with folks just trying to get unstuck.
At some point in our lives, many of us look around and realize we no longer like the life we've built - or maybe even who we've become while living it. We may even feel we should like it, but somehow it no longer fits. I build relationships with clients, creating a safe place to explore and express these feelings. Therapy creates change by examining the experiences and beliefs that contribute to feeling stuck and make it harder to hear our own, often elusive, inner knowing. I love working with clients to address the issues holding them back so they can create a life and self that excites them again.
(612) 524-8008 View (612) 524-8008
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Andrea Dendrinos
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55424  (Online Only)
I specialize in cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety, OCD, and relationship-based issues (especially the transition to parenthood).
Are you ready to take control of your anxiety, relationship problems, or a recent life transition? I offer therapy for adolescents, adults, and couples. My clients describe my approach as warm, but direct and my ideal clients come to therapy ready to put in the work. In the initial session, we will determine your goals, discuss strategies for meeting them, and develop an individualized treatment plan based on evidence-supported techniques. Finally, we'll monitor progress over time and make sure that therapy is helping you apply new skills to your life outside of the therapy room.
I specialize in cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety, OCD, and relationship-based issues (especially the transition to parenthood).
Are you ready to take control of your anxiety, relationship problems, or a recent life transition? I offer therapy for adolescents, adults, and couples. My clients describe my approach as warm, but direct and my ideal clients come to therapy ready to put in the work. In the initial session, we will determine your goals, discuss strategies for meeting them, and develop an individualized treatment plan based on evidence-supported techniques. Finally, we'll monitor progress over time and make sure that therapy is helping you apply new skills to your life outside of the therapy room.
(512) 960-1527 View (512) 960-1527
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Donny Hobbs
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CEC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Ex/RP is highly effective in treating anxiety and is recognized by the American Psychological Association as a best practice treatment of OCD.
I work with individuals who are impacted by anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. My treatment approach focuses on improving confidence and personal resilience while reducing emotional distress. I also provide counseling for couples and families who are working through relational challenges and life-cycle transitions.I work from a holistic perspective, and my approach is goal driven and solution-focused. Together we identify your goals and ideal outcomes and work through challenges and unhelpful patterns to achieve success. I use accountability coaching to help you achieve your goals and step into the next chapter of life.
Ex/RP is highly effective in treating anxiety and is recognized by the American Psychological Association as a best practice treatment of OCD.
I work with individuals who are impacted by anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. My treatment approach focuses on improving confidence and personal resilience while reducing emotional distress. I also provide counseling for couples and families who are working through relational challenges and life-cycle transitions.I work from a holistic perspective, and my approach is goal driven and solution-focused. Together we identify your goals and ideal outcomes and work through challenges and unhelpful patterns to achieve success. I use accountability coaching to help you achieve your goals and step into the next chapter of life.
(651) 927-8109 View (651) 927-8109
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Elizabeth Padilla
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Waitlist for new clients
I currently work with individuals 18 and older and my areas of special interest include anxiety, OCD, and climate-conscious therapy (support for anxiety/distress about our changing ecosystem).
I focus on learning who a person is uniquely, and I take an active role in treatment, offering genuine warmth and support as well as practical feedback. I draw from various theoretical approaches but commonly use cognitive behavioral therapy, mindful self-compassion, exposure response prevention, and internal family systems. As a licensed clinical social worker I have had the pleasure of working in cities across the United States with a wide range of individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
I currently work with individuals 18 and older and my areas of special interest include anxiety, OCD, and climate-conscious therapy (support for anxiety/distress about our changing ecosystem).
I focus on learning who a person is uniquely, and I take an active role in treatment, offering genuine warmth and support as well as practical feedback. I draw from various theoretical approaches but commonly use cognitive behavioral therapy, mindful self-compassion, exposure response prevention, and internal family systems. As a licensed clinical social worker I have had the pleasure of working in cities across the United States with a wide range of individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
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Barbara J Benson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55412
The anxiety disorders that I treat include OCD, separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and phobias, such as emetophobia.
I enjoy working with children through adults who are dealing with moderate to severe anxiety that is interfering with their day to day lives. My clients want greater understanding of their particular anxiety disorder, practical, evidence-based help, and a compassionate “coach” to guide them in the process.
The anxiety disorders that I treat include OCD, separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and phobias, such as emetophobia.
I enjoy working with children through adults who are dealing with moderate to severe anxiety that is interfering with their day to day lives. My clients want greater understanding of their particular anxiety disorder, practical, evidence-based help, and a compassionate “coach” to guide them in the process.
(952) 479-5353 View (952) 479-5353
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Christopher B Donahue
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55437
I specialize in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and provide Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy.
I look forward to working with clients to collaborate and support changes they're wanting to make. I have been able to treat individuals with challenging symptoms who may not have been properly diagnosed and subsequently, have not received appropriate treatment. Many of my clients have never learned how to cope with intrusive and sometimes disturbing thoughts. The therapy I provide empowers clients with the skills needed to feel in control of their anxiety, impulsiveness and unhealthy habits. My clients will learn how to manage unwanted thoughts and to abandon coping through rituals, escape and avoidance behaviors.
I specialize in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and provide Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy.
I look forward to working with clients to collaborate and support changes they're wanting to make. I have been able to treat individuals with challenging symptoms who may not have been properly diagnosed and subsequently, have not received appropriate treatment. Many of my clients have never learned how to cope with intrusive and sometimes disturbing thoughts. The therapy I provide empowers clients with the skills needed to feel in control of their anxiety, impulsiveness and unhealthy habits. My clients will learn how to manage unwanted thoughts and to abandon coping through rituals, escape and avoidance behaviors.
(651) 240-6944 View (651) 240-6944
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Dinah Haro
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408
I specialize in the treatment of most anxiety symptoms and disorders as they manifest in adults and adolescents, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive/intrusive thoughts and excessive worry, social anxiety, test and performance anxiety, agoraphobia and some forms of OCD.
Ever increasing levels of stress and anxiety are commonplace in modern life. We have become so accustomed to living in this chronic state of hyper arousal that we now consider it to be a "normal" baseline of daily functioning. Unfortunately, for many this state of increased anxiety can begin to feel debilitating, demoralizing, and inescapable. It's hard to describe the feelings of hopelessness and isolation that those who suffer from severe anxiety face. It can wreak havoc on our most important relationships, limit our ability to grow, to be authentic, playful and creative, flexible, empathic and patient with ourselves and others.
I specialize in the treatment of most anxiety symptoms and disorders as they manifest in adults and adolescents, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive/intrusive thoughts and excessive worry, social anxiety, test and performance anxiety, agoraphobia and some forms of OCD.
Ever increasing levels of stress and anxiety are commonplace in modern life. We have become so accustomed to living in this chronic state of hyper arousal that we now consider it to be a "normal" baseline of daily functioning. Unfortunately, for many this state of increased anxiety can begin to feel debilitating, demoralizing, and inescapable. It's hard to describe the feelings of hopelessness and isolation that those who suffer from severe anxiety face. It can wreak havoc on our most important relationships, limit our ability to grow, to be authentic, playful and creative, flexible, empathic and patient with ourselves and others.
(952) 314-6174 View (952) 314-6174
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Nick Seivert
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55410
I provide Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents, adults, and families. While I treat a wide range of problems, I have particular specialties with OCD and related disorders, anxiety disorders, and many issues that present in childhood. My approach is best characterized as evidence-based, goal-oriented, active, and collaborative. I am trained in a variety of treatment approaches, though, and hope to bring a perspective and flexibility to help you meet your particular goals for psychotherapy.
I provide Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents, adults, and families. While I treat a wide range of problems, I have particular specialties with OCD and related disorders, anxiety disorders, and many issues that present in childhood. My approach is best characterized as evidence-based, goal-oriented, active, and collaborative. I am trained in a variety of treatment approaches, though, and hope to bring a perspective and flexibility to help you meet your particular goals for psychotherapy.
(952) 955-9838 View (952) 955-9838

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.