TREATMENT

1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 

A well-established, highly effective, and lasting treatment is called cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT. It focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns. Benefits are usually seen in 12 to 16 weeks, depending on the individual. In this type of therapy the patient is actively involved in his or her own recovery, has a sense of control, and learns skills that are useful throughout life. CBT typically involves reading about the problem, keeping records between appointments, and completing homework assignments in which the treatment procedures are practiced. Patients learn skills during therapy sessions, but they must practice repeatedly to see improvement.

2. Exposure Response Prevention:

A form of CBT, exposure therapy is a process for reducing fear and anxiety responses. In therapy, a person is gradually exposed to a feared situation or object, learning to become less sensitive over time. This type of therapy has been found to be particularly effective for obsessive compulsive disorders and phobias.

3. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):

This is a type of therapy that uses strategies of acceptance and mindfulness (living in the moment and experiencing things without judgment), along with commitment and behavior change, as a way to cope with unwanted thoughts, feelings, and sensations. ACT imparts skills to accept these experiences, place them in a different context, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to needed behavior change.

4. Mindfulness:

One practices the skill of non-judgmental awareness and acceptance of our present-moment experience, including all of our unwanted thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges. Mindfulness teaches us to accept all of our unwanted internal experiences as a part of life, regardless of whether they are “good” or “bad”.  When treating OCD and related anxiety disorders, mindfulness is a tool that can supplement and enhance treatment.

5. Habit Reversal Training: 

It is a "multicomponent behavioral treatment package originally developed to address a wide variety of repetitive behavior disorders." The three components that are considered most critical are awareness training, competing response training and social support. In addition, The ComB model is used: Assessment, Identify and Target Modalities, Identify and Choose Strategies, and Evaluation. It focuses on understanding five domains: Sensory, Cognitive, Affective, Motor, and Place (SCAMP).

SERVICES

Individual Psychotherapy

Intensive Outpatient Psychotherapy & Treatment

OCD Therapy/Support Groups

Online and Telephone Therapy

Speaking Engagements

Worldwide Coaching

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