OCD Therapists In NYC

The following therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists are some of the best OCD therapists in NYC. They are specialists in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and have practices in the Flatiron District, Midtown East, Union Square, Midtown, and Lower Manhattan. OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive, unwelcome thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors that someone does to mitigate their anxiety (compulsions).

The main treatment for OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In ERP, the client confronts the things things that make them anxious in a stepwise procedure with a therapist and chooses to not perform the often related compulsions until their anxiety decreases.

In New York City, it is very difficult to find therapists with extensive training in ERP who are in-network with health insurances such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Tufts, Unite Health, and Harvard Pilgrim; most therapists charge $150 - $250 per appointment and psychiatrists charge fees over $300 per session. Therapy sessions for OCD are usually 45 minutes - 1 hour long. Most therapists with deep expertise and training in Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD have offices in New York City. While many therapists only see adults over the age of 18, some also offer therapy services for children, adolescents, and young adults. Find obsessive compulsive disorder therapists below, as well as local resources for OCD treatment in New York City.

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How to find therapists for OCD in NYC

How much does therapy for OCD cost in NYC?

Therapy sessions for obsessive compulsive disorder in New York City typically range from $150 to $250 per session. Appointments with counselors, social workers, and psychologists tend to be on the lower end of the range; psychiatrists, who can prescribe medications, will typically charge over $300 per session. Most therapists in the NYC who have extensive training in exposure and response prevention don’t accept insurance; however, you may be able to receive potential reimbursement from your insurance company through your health insurance's out-of-network benefits, and therapists can provide relevant paperwork for this process.

You can also ask therapists if they can provide you a sliding scale fee.

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What affordable OCD treatment options are available?

While most private practice OCD therapists charge $150 - $250 in New York, affordable options are available at hospitals, research institutions, and training programs. These often require you to be enrolled in a study or working with a therapist in training. These include:

  • Columbia University OCD Research Program - Free treatment if enrolled in a study

  • Mount Sinai - Reduced fees based on need if working with a postdoctoral fellow, resident, or doctoral students.

What OCD treatment centers and research studies are available in NYC?

There are many OCD treatment centers and hospitals in New York City, mostly located in Manhattan.

Mount Sinai Hospital: Mount Sinai Hospital provides an OCD and Related Disorders Program, which offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, outpatient services, and their research program. They provide comprehensive clinical assessments in order to develop appropriate treatment plans for their patients and families. Their outpatient services for adults and pediatrics are typically located in their clinical offices, but they also offer home visits, if needed. Outpatient services include evidence-based psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments conducted by their psychologists and postdoctoral fellows. The main treatment approach is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), specifically exposure and response prevention (ERP). Psychotherapy sessions can range from 1 - 4 meetings per week, with each session ranging from 45 to 75 minutes. With their pediatric patients, they not only work with the patient, but with their family members as well. At Mount Sinai, they also offer lower fee treatment options for both their pediatric and adult psychiatry outpatient clinics, where the diagnostic evaluations and treatment of OCD and related disorders would be performed by psychiatry fellows, residents, and psychology doctoral students (externs), and closely supervised by the OCD program faculty. Fees can be further adjusted in cases of hardship. Mount Sinai’s research program for OCD and related disorders focuses on the neurobiology, genetics, and treatment of OCD and related conditions, so that they are able to discover to potential causes of OCD and develop more effective therapies for the treatment of OCD.

Columbia University Center for OCD Treatment and Related Disorders: Columbia University’s  OCD Research Program uses cutting edge research in order to better understand OCD and provide patients with the latest innovative treatment options. Treatment is free for their patients if enrolled in a research study, and is available for individuals who have already received treatment, those who have not received treatment, and those who have not benefited from previous treatment. The Columbia OCD Research Program’s treatments include exposure and response or ritual prevention (EX/RP or ERP), novel medications, and new ways of delivery cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), such as the internet. The Program collaborates with experts in neuroimaging, genetics, and basic science to examine the potential causes of OCD.

Child Mind Center Intensive OCD Program: The Child Mind Center provides a 4 week Intensive OCD Program for children and adolescents. The treatment takes place for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, and the Program works with families so their child does not have to miss much school time, if any. The program is also available during school breaks, for easier scheduling. The Intensive OCD Program provides individualized treatment, one-on-one treatment sessions, OCD education and treatment planning, parent involvement, diagnostic evaluation, and follow-up care. The Child Mind Center also provides treatments for chronic tic disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, illness anxiety disorder, hoarding, trichotillomania, skin picking, and social anxiety disorder. For children and adolescents with moderate OCD, who are able to attend school, but may still struggle in their daily activities, the Child Mind Center offers a one week intensive treatment program.

Reeds Center: The Reeds Center offers individual, intensive, and group therapy for the treatment of OCD. Individual sessions run for 50 minutes each and are typically weekly or bi-weekly, depending on the needs of their patients. They also offer a 90 minute weekly parent support group for parents of individuals with OCD in order to help parents understand the complexities of the disorder, as well as the best way to support their loved ones.  The Reeds Center strives to accommodate patients needs, such as cost considerations, treatment preferences, and transportation access. They also offer a reduced fee program that is delivered by externs (graduate students) and post-doctoral fellows (those who have their doctoral degree but who are not yet licensed), who have undergone thorough and extensive professional training at the Reeds Center and receive supervision by senior clinicians.

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What OCD support group resources are available in NYC?

Support group and group therapy sessions can be another great resource for those with OCD. There is a New York Anxiety Treatment Center OCD Support Group located in New York, New York that meets at the New York Anxiety Treatment Center every other Tuesday at 6:30pm. There is also the Manhattan OCD Anonymous Support Group located at The New Church in Manhattan, NYC that meets every Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:30pm and is free to those with OCD. 

What other resources are available for OCD?

International OCD Foundation: The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an additional resource based in Great Neck, New York, to help find additional OCD treatment centers, support groups, research studies, and local events. Local events include the 1 Million Steps for OCD Walk, located in Long Island. To find out more about events supporting OCD awareness, visit the OCD New York web page, or directly on the IOCDF’s website.