OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
Exposure Response Prevention Therapy in Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? People with OCD often have scary and stressful thoughts, urges, or images (obsessions), such as fears about contracting a terrible disease or picturing oneself hurting another person. They then often develop behaviors or routines (compulsions) to help reduce the distress caused by obsessions, such as frequent hand-washing, checking, or counting.
How do you treat OCD? I treat OCD with exposure response prevention (ERP), which involves exposure to anxiety-provoking obsessions in a gradual and systematic fashion, while reducing compulsive behaviors (e.g., checking, washing, ordering) that are typically used to reduce anxiety. ERP provides you the opportunity to learn that what you are afraid of occurring is unlikely to come true. It also helps to desensitize and build tolerance to obsessions. This treatment causes short-term anxiety, but ultimately reduces anxiety in the long-term.
I also incorporate mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies to help teach you to increase focus on the present, decrease avoidance, decrease attachment to thoughts, and help you clarify your values and goals.