Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Erjing Cui
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98155
Erjing Cui, MA, LMHC, specializes in working with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, depression, trauma, and culturally diverse populations. Some of her training included: exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) from McLean Hospital, a psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School; Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) Level 1 and Level II Training by founder and co-founder Dr. Les Greenberg and Dr. Robert Elliott; Advanced Empathy Training by co-founder Dr. Robert Elliott; Mastering ACT III etc.
Erjing Cui, MA, LMHC, specializes in working with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, depression, trauma, and culturally diverse populations. Some of her training included: exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) from McLean Hospital, a psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School; Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) Level 1 and Level II Training by founder and co-founder Dr. Les Greenberg and Dr. Robert Elliott; Advanced Empathy Training by co-founder Dr. Robert Elliott; Mastering ACT III etc.
(206) 759-5624 View (206) 759-5624
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Dr. Diana Bastien
Psychologist, PsyD, ABPP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
I am a child & adolescent psychologist specializing in OCD, PANS/PANDAS, anxiety, FNSD/conversion disorder, hoarding, panic attacks, school avoidance, skin-picking, and hair-pulling. I take an individualized approach to treatment with a foundation of evidence-based strategies. I work closely with families to help them manage symptoms in their normal, day-to-day life. Teletherapy gives me the opportunity to practice skills with your child in their home or other environments anxiety impacts them the most. For example, I often conduct "exposures" with youth, which teaches them skills to challenge anxiety in real-life situations.
I am a child & adolescent psychologist specializing in OCD, PANS/PANDAS, anxiety, FNSD/conversion disorder, hoarding, panic attacks, school avoidance, skin-picking, and hair-pulling. I take an individualized approach to treatment with a foundation of evidence-based strategies. I work closely with families to help them manage symptoms in their normal, day-to-day life. Teletherapy gives me the opportunity to practice skills with your child in their home or other environments anxiety impacts them the most. For example, I often conduct "exposures" with youth, which teaches them skills to challenge anxiety in real-life situations.
(206) 495-6804 View (206) 495-6804
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Anxiety & OCD Treatment Services
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98101  (Online Only)
Anxiety & OCD Treatment Services is a specialty clinic that strives to provide high-quality, evidence-based treatment for those who are suffering from anxiety and OCD, and who otherwise may not have access to specialized therapy services. We work with individuals who struggle with OCD- and anxiety-related concerns, including: OCD, panic and agoraphobia, health anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, body-focused repetitive behaviors, body dysmorphic disorder, trauma and PTSD, depression and mood-related issues, and sleep dysregulation, among others.
Anxiety & OCD Treatment Services is a specialty clinic that strives to provide high-quality, evidence-based treatment for those who are suffering from anxiety and OCD, and who otherwise may not have access to specialized therapy services. We work with individuals who struggle with OCD- and anxiety-related concerns, including: OCD, panic and agoraphobia, health anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, body-focused repetitive behaviors, body dysmorphic disorder, trauma and PTSD, depression and mood-related issues, and sleep dysregulation, among others.
(206) 401-9829 View (206) 401-9829
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Jamie Kostek
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
Hello and welcome! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle. My main focus is the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and ADHD in youth and adults. I believe that everyone has the capacity for profound change. Some things I can help you or your child with include: gaining a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life; increasing awareness of your senses and the ability to activate your body's natural relaxation response; emotion regulation; learning how to reduce anxiety, worry, stress, and rumination; boosting your focus and organization, addressing parenting concerns; and gaining a deeper connection to yourself and others.
Hello and welcome! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle. My main focus is the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and ADHD in youth and adults. I believe that everyone has the capacity for profound change. Some things I can help you or your child with include: gaining a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life; increasing awareness of your senses and the ability to activate your body's natural relaxation response; emotion regulation; learning how to reduce anxiety, worry, stress, and rumination; boosting your focus and organization, addressing parenting concerns; and gaining a deeper connection to yourself and others.
(206) 607-2743 View (206) 607-2743
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Marika Kyrimis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
My practice specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety (e.g., OCD, Social Anxiety, Panic, Phobias etc.) and related disorders (e.g., Insomnia, Picking, Pulling). I provide individual treatment for adults and late adolescents. My goal is to provide individualized, compassionate, effective, evidence-based treatment. My approach has its grounding in CBT but when appropriate I also use mindfulness techniques, components of Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy to enhance the treatment and support the client's movement toward accomplishing treatment goals.
My practice specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety (e.g., OCD, Social Anxiety, Panic, Phobias etc.) and related disorders (e.g., Insomnia, Picking, Pulling). I provide individual treatment for adults and late adolescents. My goal is to provide individualized, compassionate, effective, evidence-based treatment. My approach has its grounding in CBT but when appropriate I also use mindfulness techniques, components of Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy to enhance the treatment and support the client's movement toward accomplishing treatment goals.
(206) 207-4689 View (206) 207-4689
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Danielle Branton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
Some treatments I specialize in are: diagnosing and management of ADHD, exposure-response prevention (ERP) for OCD, CBT for anxiety and depression, and FBT for anorexia.
Limited after-school availability! - My passion is working with adolescents, families and adults who are looking to learn new skills to use in their lives. We'd be a good fit if you're looking for someone who teaches skills and strategies to use when encountering difficulties. Often people will encounter times where they struggle and don't have the skills to manage current stressors or problem. I’m here to offer you support and techniques that have shown to be effective in helping with these problems. Working with me involves learning more about what makes situations difficult (what's the specific problem) and applying new skills.
Some treatments I specialize in are: diagnosing and management of ADHD, exposure-response prevention (ERP) for OCD, CBT for anxiety and depression, and FBT for anorexia.
Limited after-school availability! - My passion is working with adolescents, families and adults who are looking to learn new skills to use in their lives. We'd be a good fit if you're looking for someone who teaches skills and strategies to use when encountering difficulties. Often people will encounter times where they struggle and don't have the skills to manage current stressors or problem. I’m here to offer you support and techniques that have shown to be effective in helping with these problems. Working with me involves learning more about what makes situations difficult (what's the specific problem) and applying new skills.
(425) 961-9016 View (425) 961-9016
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Wesley Maynard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MBA, LMSW, LICSWA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Maybe you're tired of suffering from being bossed around by OCD or anxiety. Perhaps you’re in a painful life transition and feeling uncertain, afraid, or lost. I’m glad you’re here. If you feel hopeless, I believe things can get much better, one step at a time. Although it sure can feel this way, rather than viewing OCD or anxiety as a monster trying to torture us, I see it as a hypervigilant alert system whose aim is to keep us safe at all costs. Retraining that alert system can help us get unstuck, heal, and thrive. I never claim to have the answers for anyone’s life, but I love helping people find answers within themselves.
Maybe you're tired of suffering from being bossed around by OCD or anxiety. Perhaps you’re in a painful life transition and feeling uncertain, afraid, or lost. I’m glad you’re here. If you feel hopeless, I believe things can get much better, one step at a time. Although it sure can feel this way, rather than viewing OCD or anxiety as a monster trying to torture us, I see it as a hypervigilant alert system whose aim is to keep us safe at all costs. Retraining that alert system can help us get unstuck, heal, and thrive. I never claim to have the answers for anyone’s life, but I love helping people find answers within themselves.
(425) 587-8275 View (425) 587-8275
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Julia Hall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
Hi there! I’m Julia Hall and practicing psychotherapist in New York and Washington states. I specialize in PTSD, OCD and anxiety related disorders and I'm capable of treating a wide range of issues as there is often overlap. I tend to begin by getting to know you, what brought you to therapy and what potential goals you have for therapy in order for us to have a collaborative approach and relationship. I trust in evidence based approaches, I hope to partner with you to free you from the confines of intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors and get your life to where you want it.
Hi there! I’m Julia Hall and practicing psychotherapist in New York and Washington states. I specialize in PTSD, OCD and anxiety related disorders and I'm capable of treating a wide range of issues as there is often overlap. I tend to begin by getting to know you, what brought you to therapy and what potential goals you have for therapy in order for us to have a collaborative approach and relationship. I trust in evidence based approaches, I hope to partner with you to free you from the confines of intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors and get your life to where you want it.
(206) 944-3227 View (206) 944-3227
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David J Kosins
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
I am one of Washington State's most experienced specialists in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). I help people to cope with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders, and to live a healthy, balanced life. Working from a foundation of a caring and empathic therapy relationship, I can teach you scientifically-supported skills to handle your life challanges more effectively. My goal is to help my clients regain their vitality and confidence through learning how to resolve current problems and reduce troubling symptoms. My ideal client is someone struggling with an anxiety or related disorder who seeks concrete results from therapy that is informed by research.
I am one of Washington State's most experienced specialists in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). I help people to cope with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders, and to live a healthy, balanced life. Working from a foundation of a caring and empathic therapy relationship, I can teach you scientifically-supported skills to handle your life challanges more effectively. My goal is to help my clients regain their vitality and confidence through learning how to resolve current problems and reduce troubling symptoms. My ideal client is someone struggling with an anxiety or related disorder who seeks concrete results from therapy that is informed by research.
(206) 483-0367 View (206) 483-0367
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Laura Grant
Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Welcome! I primarily treat older adolescents, young adults, and adults across the lifespan who have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), OC Related Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. In addition, I have experience treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias (Fear of vomiting, swallowing, choking and panic related to agoraphobia), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, BFRB's (Skin picking and Trichotillomania), perfectionism, health anxiety, emotional dysregulation, distressing intrusive thoughts, and excessive worry.
Welcome! I primarily treat older adolescents, young adults, and adults across the lifespan who have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), OC Related Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. In addition, I have experience treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias (Fear of vomiting, swallowing, choking and panic related to agoraphobia), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, BFRB's (Skin picking and Trichotillomania), perfectionism, health anxiety, emotional dysregulation, distressing intrusive thoughts, and excessive worry.
(206) 472-1753 View (206) 472-1753
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Carol J Lundemo
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
Are you burdened with feelings of anxiety, depression, or hopelessness? Do you have intrusive, terrifying thoughts or feel compelled to perform rituals that you know don't make sense? I specialize in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD is very common, affecting one in 40 individuals. I am highly trained in using exposure and response prevention, an evidence based treatment proven to help sufferers. I understand this complex and largely misunderstood disorder, and I also support family members, who frequently experience frustration, confusion, and pain while not knowing how to help their loved one
Are you burdened with feelings of anxiety, depression, or hopelessness? Do you have intrusive, terrifying thoughts or feel compelled to perform rituals that you know don't make sense? I specialize in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD is very common, affecting one in 40 individuals. I am highly trained in using exposure and response prevention, an evidence based treatment proven to help sufferers. I understand this complex and largely misunderstood disorder, and I also support family members, who frequently experience frustration, confusion, and pain while not knowing how to help their loved one
(206) 453-2681 View (206) 453-2681
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Loni Itah
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98101  (Online Only)
When we live our lives in a state of constant fight-or-flight, we can go into survival mode. Worries, phobias, panic attacks, trauma, obsessive thoughts, avoidant behavior, and/or repetitive/compulsive behaviors can make us feel hopeless and helpless. We can find ourselves overthinking, overanalyzing, and feeling powerless. If you're feeling like life hasn't been moving in a positive direction, find yourself in a state of hypervigilence due to trauma and/or frozen by fears and uncertainty, you CAN find your way out - sometimes we just need some extra support to do so.
When we live our lives in a state of constant fight-or-flight, we can go into survival mode. Worries, phobias, panic attacks, trauma, obsessive thoughts, avoidant behavior, and/or repetitive/compulsive behaviors can make us feel hopeless and helpless. We can find ourselves overthinking, overanalyzing, and feeling powerless. If you're feeling like life hasn't been moving in a positive direction, find yourself in a state of hypervigilence due to trauma and/or frozen by fears and uncertainty, you CAN find your way out - sometimes we just need some extra support to do so.
(206) 672-5742 View (206) 672-5742
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Khloe Clawson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104
I work with individuals facing challenges with trauma, self-esteem, relationships, and long term, social, and transition-based anxiety. Additionally, I specialize in ADHD, OCD and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. I provide a supportive environment for clients to practice skills designed to enhance personal, relational, and professional satisfaction.
I work with individuals facing challenges with trauma, self-esteem, relationships, and long term, social, and transition-based anxiety. Additionally, I specialize in ADHD, OCD and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. I provide a supportive environment for clients to practice skills designed to enhance personal, relational, and professional satisfaction.
(206) 829-6651 View (206) 829-6651
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Jordan Heide
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA, CC, CPC, SUDPT, AAC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98133  (Online Only)
Struggling with OCD, Phobias, Anxiety Disorders, or Trauma? Yearning to reduce intrusive thoughts, combat the impetus to perform compulsions, and overcome your fears? As a Certified Counselor, I am here to open the door to tranquility and functionality! My role is to assist you in the implementation of Exposure Therapy, the gold-standard treatment for OCD, Anxiety, and Trauma. I will guide you through the application of this behavioral intervention to reduce the intensity of symptoms and enhance quality of life. Serenity is just around the corner!
Struggling with OCD, Phobias, Anxiety Disorders, or Trauma? Yearning to reduce intrusive thoughts, combat the impetus to perform compulsions, and overcome your fears? As a Certified Counselor, I am here to open the door to tranquility and functionality! My role is to assist you in the implementation of Exposure Therapy, the gold-standard treatment for OCD, Anxiety, and Trauma. I will guide you through the application of this behavioral intervention to reduce the intensity of symptoms and enhance quality of life. Serenity is just around the corner!
(206) 590-5075 View (206) 590-5075
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Alexander Shappie
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
I frequently work with folks on topics related to attachment, sexuality, anxiety, OCD, life transitions, and trauma.
Are you feeling stuck? Can’t break out of the cycle? Or maybe you recently experienced a loss, and you’d like help picking up the pieces to figure out what happened. Despite knowing that certain behaviors aren’t working anymore, it may be very difficult to change or interrupt painful, destructive patterns that seem to hijack our lives and relationships. This can leave folks feeling frustrated, helpless, hopeless, or just broken. Therapy can provide you with the experiences, tools, and insight to make meaningful changes in your life, in your relationships, and promote personal growth.
I frequently work with folks on topics related to attachment, sexuality, anxiety, OCD, life transitions, and trauma.
Are you feeling stuck? Can’t break out of the cycle? Or maybe you recently experienced a loss, and you’d like help picking up the pieces to figure out what happened. Despite knowing that certain behaviors aren’t working anymore, it may be very difficult to change or interrupt painful, destructive patterns that seem to hijack our lives and relationships. This can leave folks feeling frustrated, helpless, hopeless, or just broken. Therapy can provide you with the experiences, tools, and insight to make meaningful changes in your life, in your relationships, and promote personal growth.
(206) 557-6610 View (206) 557-6610
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Emory L Strickland
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
Are you tired of having anxiety as your constant companion, always holding you back and keeping you stuck? I’m Dr. Emory Strickland, a clinical psychologist with a passion for helping people overcome anxiety and OCD. These problems can feel relentless, trapping you in a cycle of worry, fear, doubt, and avoidance. With over a decade of experience, advanced training treating anxiety disorders, and thousands of hours working directly with clients, I have cultivated a profound understanding of the nuances of these conditions and how to treat them.
Are you tired of having anxiety as your constant companion, always holding you back and keeping you stuck? I’m Dr. Emory Strickland, a clinical psychologist with a passion for helping people overcome anxiety and OCD. These problems can feel relentless, trapping you in a cycle of worry, fear, doubt, and avoidance. With over a decade of experience, advanced training treating anxiety disorders, and thousands of hours working directly with clients, I have cultivated a profound understanding of the nuances of these conditions and how to treat them.
(425) 517-3436 View (425) 517-3436
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Kelly Caver
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I have immediate telehealth openings for new clients. Experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? Can’t stop worrying? Having a hard time sleeping (insomnia)? Feel like anxiety is controlling you? Or perhaps you are struggling with panic attacks, having irrational fears (phobia), or worrying too much about your health. Helping you recover from OCD, anxiety, and insomnia so you can more effectively pursue your goals and values in life is my passion! I provide evidence-based therapy, choosing techniques that research shows are effective for OCD, anxiety, and sleep issues. My approach is collaborative and tailored to your needs.
I have immediate telehealth openings for new clients. Experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? Can’t stop worrying? Having a hard time sleeping (insomnia)? Feel like anxiety is controlling you? Or perhaps you are struggling with panic attacks, having irrational fears (phobia), or worrying too much about your health. Helping you recover from OCD, anxiety, and insomnia so you can more effectively pursue your goals and values in life is my passion! I provide evidence-based therapy, choosing techniques that research shows are effective for OCD, anxiety, and sleep issues. My approach is collaborative and tailored to your needs.
(206) 558-1301 View (206) 558-1301
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Max Rappaport
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122
Do you feel stuck? Anxious? Tired of replaying the past and worrying about your future? Living with OCD and anxiety can be exhausting and isolating, so I want to commend you for taking this step to find a trusted therapist to walk with you on this journey. In my work with clients, strive to work collaboratively – you are the expert on you, and I see my job as using my experience and training to guide you toward living authentically and joyfully. Let's get started!
Do you feel stuck? Anxious? Tired of replaying the past and worrying about your future? Living with OCD and anxiety can be exhausting and isolating, so I want to commend you for taking this step to find a trusted therapist to walk with you on this journey. In my work with clients, strive to work collaboratively – you are the expert on you, and I see my job as using my experience and training to guide you toward living authentically and joyfully. Let's get started!
(206) 207-7494 View (206) 207-7494
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OCD Treatment / Theresa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98101
If you're an adult or teen in Washington state suffering from OCD, I would love to hear from you! I specialize in treating OCD, and I am especially skilled in treating “rumination as a compulsion”—mental compulsions that are not visible to anyone else. I offer Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Inference-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT), and Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), all of which are scientifically effective in treating OCD. I-CBT has been described as profound and a “game-changer.” This compassionate and effective psychotherapy has been changing lives in Canada and Europe for over 20 years.
If you're an adult or teen in Washington state suffering from OCD, I would love to hear from you! I specialize in treating OCD, and I am especially skilled in treating “rumination as a compulsion”—mental compulsions that are not visible to anyone else. I offer Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Inference-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT), and Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), all of which are scientifically effective in treating OCD. I-CBT has been described as profound and a “game-changer.” This compassionate and effective psychotherapy has been changing lives in Canada and Europe for over 20 years.
(360) 565-6216 View (360) 565-6216
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Alan Tokosch
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I see anxiety related to OCD, social, health, ADHD, grief, life transitions, and relationships.
Accepting New Clients. What's the worst part of anxiety? Is it the tension in social situations? Is it the constant sense of urgency? Is it that feeling that something terrible will happen? Is it missing school and seeing assignments pile up? The worst part of anxiety is it keeps you from experiencing your life. It keeps your world small. You stay home, isolate, avoid people and situations, and disappear into screens, work, or comfort. All in an attempt to not feel that overwhelming pain of anxiety. It's time to stop avoiding or trying to fix it yourself. Together we can turn towards the anxiety and you can enjoy life again.
I see anxiety related to OCD, social, health, ADHD, grief, life transitions, and relationships.
Accepting New Clients. What's the worst part of anxiety? Is it the tension in social situations? Is it the constant sense of urgency? Is it that feeling that something terrible will happen? Is it missing school and seeing assignments pile up? The worst part of anxiety is it keeps you from experiencing your life. It keeps your world small. You stay home, isolate, avoid people and situations, and disappear into screens, work, or comfort. All in an attempt to not feel that overwhelming pain of anxiety. It's time to stop avoiding or trying to fix it yourself. Together we can turn towards the anxiety and you can enjoy life again.
(206) 589-8988 View (206) 589-8988

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.