If you are visiting this site, you or someone you love is likely struggling with intrusive and unwanted thoughts, feelings and physiological sensations that lead to anxiety, guilt, and distress. These unwanted internal experiences often result in repetitive, time-consuming, and painful ritualistic behaviors. They interfere with relationships, work, school and overall quality of life. These are the symptoms of OCD, a treatable, well-researched disorder, and help is available.
Stacey Kuhl Wochner, LCSW, LPCC and Jon Hershfield, MFT are psychotherapists in private practice who specialize in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). We believe that finding the right treatment provider is essential for overcoming OCD. We understand that making the decision to get treatment is a difficult one. If you are going to trust someone to help you fight this, it should be someone with experience who specializes in this area of psychology. [Learn more about OCD Specialists.]
Common OCD-Related Concerns We See In Therapy:
- Contamination Fears / Washing Compulsions
- Checking Compulsions
- Symmetry / ‘Just Right’ Obsessions
- Hypochondria / Health Anxiety (fear of having / getting illnesses)
- Harm OCD (violent obsessions, hit-and-run OCD, fear of causing harm)
- Sexual Orientation OCD (fear of being in denial about sexual orientation)
- Pedophile Obsessions (fear of inappropriate sexual thoughts about children)
- Relationship OCD (obsessions about love and fidelity)
- Religious or Moral Obsessions (Scrupulosity)
- Body Dsymorphic Disorder (BDD / appearance-related obsessions)
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Disorder (fear of panic attacks)
How We Treat OCD using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
- Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP)
- ERP is a type of behavioral therapy used to gradually confront and conquer your fears. It is an evidence-based technique that is highly effective for OCD. It works because exposure leads to habituation, a process by which your fear response is reduced over time. Through a willingness to experience discomfort and uncertainty, you can weaken the grip your OCD has over you.
- Cognitive Therapy
- Cognitive therapy involves identifying and challenging faulty thinking patterns that commonly occur with OCD. You will learn a technique called Cognitive Restructuring that will assist in noticing and rationally responding to the distorted OCD language. By challenging the rationale behind doing rituals, you can make healthier non-compulsive choices.
- Mindfulness Skill Development
- In mindfulness-based therapy, you will learn how to adjust your perspective to thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. Mindfulness is a skill that can be developed that will encourage you to lower resistance to your OCD symtoms through non-judgmental acceptance. Resistance intensifies OCD. Learn to use acceptance to create room for your thoughts and feelings.