No two people are alike even if they’re experiencing the same OCD subtype, which is why our approach is unique.
All sessions in the intensive program are tailored based on the patient’s specific fear and anxiety triggers.
We provide in-depth education for the individual suffering and how this impacts the entire family system.
Our clinicians can conduct therapy sessions in patients’ homes. This is so important for...
Anxiety triggers are everywhere! We can meet patients in the community for a wide variety of exposures.
Each group has a new topic and is directed around goals and creating meaningful change.
The OCD cycle consists of 4 parts: obsessions, anxiety, compulsions, and temporary relief.
Obsessions are unwanted distressing thoughts, worries, urges, fears, intrusions, images, and doubts. Obsessions can sound like, “what if,” “do it,” “you know you want to,” “you’re going to,” “I am,” “It’s only a matter of time before you." Obsessions are extremely scary and feel incredibly real. OCD sufferers do anything in their power to eliminate these obsessions. Due to the unpleasant nature of all obsessions, OCD sufferers immediately experience an anxiety response because of how unsettling they are. Experiencing distress, fear, worry, disgust, shame, guilt, etc., during this phase of the OCD cycle is common.
The Exposure in ERP refers to exposing patients to their anxiety triggers and welcoming the thoughts, images, situations, that start obsessions. While the Response Prevention, refers to making a commitment to not engage in compulsive behavior once the obsessions are triggered. At CalmOCD the therapist will do ERP exercises with patients in session and provide support, so patients feel confident doing exposures on their own. Many times, OCD sufferers have tried to confront their anxiety triggers only to be left with debilitating anxiety and feelings of hopelessness. The difference is with ERP, patients learn both the E and RP are crucial in exposure success. Exposure therapy is all about learning they CAN face their OCD triggers (and resist their compulsions) and do far more than they ever thought possible!
Fears surrounding contamination, harming self or others, sexual orientation, something bad happening, vomiting (emetaphobia), fear of being sexually attracted to children, relationships, things needing to be “just right,” religious (called scrupulosity), concerns with illness and disease, perfectionism, hoarding or saving objects, fear of judgement, saying things incorrectly, blurting out obscenities or insults, concerns with body part or aspect of appearance, need for symmetry or exactness, losing things, colors with special significance, and lucky and unlucky numbers, superstitions and more.
Avoiding things that cause anxiety, rumination, providing yourself with reassurance, seeking reassurance from others, needing to tell, ask or confess to others, over apologizing, researching online, distracting from your thoughts, fighting ones thoughts, replacing “bad” thoughts/images with “good” thoughts/images, thinking of past events to help clarify what happened, tapping rituals, needing to repeat routine activities, re-writing, re-reading, counting behaviors, arranging things in a certain manner, excessive list making, blinking or staring rituals, ritualized eating behaviors, and more.
Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment found to be effective in treating many mental health disorders.
Exposure-Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of Cognitive Behavior Therapy used in the treatment of OCD and anxiety.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of Cognitive Behavior Therapy used to treat OCD and anxiety disorders.
The term ‘mindfulness’ in the context of cognitive-behavioral therapy for OCD refers to paying attention to the present moment without passing judgment.
I-CBT encourages individuals to develop alternative narratives that are more in line with reality and the senses. Individuals learn to restore trust in themselves and their own reasoning.
DBT helps individuals apply meditation, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, acceptance, validation, and trust-building in their lives.
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