What to expect from a clinician who specializes in OCD treatment:
- The majority of your therapist’s practice is made up of clients with OCD.
- Has an in-depth understanding of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder as well as experience and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as applied to OCD.
- Explains the Obsessive-Compulsive Cycle and how OCD is reinforced and treated.
- Uses Exposure with Response Prevention as one of the primary treatment approaches.
- Does not spend excessive amounts of time digging in the past for motivations or participating in reassurance or analysis rituals.
- Assigns homework and expects the client to work consistently between sessions.
- Coordinates in-vivo exposure in session, which means you are “doing” in addition to “talking.”
- Is willing to include field sessions or home visits where appropriate.
- Stays up to date with the latest OCD research and is active in the larger OCD community.