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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.
Mary Gallagher, PsyD
Dr. Mary Gallagher is a psychologist with offices in both Brooklyn and Flatiron, Manhattan specializing in anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, mindfulness, and compulsive behaviors. She received pre-doctoral training at the Montefiore Medical Center and went on to receive her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She is a skilled clinician, highly competent in providing individual, family, and group therapy teenagers, young adults, and adults.
Having received specialized training in both focus areas, Dr. Gallagher’s area of expertise lies in supporting individuals with OCD and trauma. For clients with OCD, she takes an evidence-based approach using exposure response therapy, gently guiding individuals to be exposed to their fear or compulsive ritual in a very structured way. For clients with trauma, she uses prolonged exposure or cognitive processing therapy and draws upon dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and works with each individual to build coping skills, unique to each person’s symptoms. At the heart of her practice is a focus on helping clients, particularly those with anxiety or depression, with emotion regulation by helping them build skills to identify and change how they feel.
Tatyana Mestechkina, PhD
Dr. Tatyana Mestechkina is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in the Flatiron/Union Square area in Manhattan. She has extensive expertise in the evidence-based treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), including the purely obsessional type (pure-O), anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and panic), depressive disorders, as well as perfectionism and body image concerns. She also works with people navigating challenges related to relationships, career/school, the postpartum period and other life transitions. Dr. Mestechkina values creating a trusting environment for her clients and encourages open communication to build a strong therapeutic relationship.
Dr. Mestechkina is a cognitive behavioral therapist. She was trained by an internationally-recognized expert in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the gold-standard of OCD treatment and related conditions. She also integrates approaches from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and skills from Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She works with clients to help them bring awareness to unhelpful thinking patterns, create more separation from them and make more choices in line with their goals and values. She often incorporates strategies such as mindfulness, acceptance, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, effective interpersonal communication and teaches techniques to better tolerate uncertainty. Treatments are tailored to her clients’ individual needs.
Deborah Neft, PhD
Dr. Deborah Neft is a psychologist in Midtown East Manhattan and Rye, NY specializing in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, parenting, and relationships. She has a deep specialty in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and more specifically purely obsessional OCD, or “pure O,” in which the individual engages in hidden compulsions. For clients with OCD, she combines the therapy approach of exposure and response prevention with psychoeducation to help clients build resiliency, improve self-confidence, and gently shift mindsets. She also enjoys supporting clients with depression, ensuring that they feel less isolated and helping them return to activities they previously enjoyed.
Dr. Neft draws upon these clinical experiences in addition to her extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) create a safe, supportive environment that allows clients to reach goals at their own pace. Her Manhattan office is conveninently located next to Grand Central Station.
Joanna Rosenblatt, LCSW
Joanna Rosenblatt is a therapist with offices in Union Square and Midtown, Manhattan specializing in treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as infertility counseling. She also sees individuals struggling with grief and loss and sex and intimacy concerns.
Joanna emphasizes a holistic, acceptance-based approach, which is primarily informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and exposure and response prevention (ERP) for clients struggling with OCD. She is a warm, empathetic, and active therapist, committed to helping her clients understand and adjust patterns that interfere with achieving personal and professional goals. Her office in Union Square is conveniently located a 2 minute walk from Union Square station and 5 minute walk from NYU. Her office in Midtown is a 2 minute walk from Grand Central station.
Matt Wofsy, LCSW
Matt Wofsy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Union Square, New York specializing in anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. With over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field, he has considerable expertise in providing individual and couples counseling to young adults navigating the difficulties of mood disorders, relationships, family of origin issues, and work stress.
Matt has a particular expertise in helping individuals manage symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Having advanced trainings in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), he utilizes exposure and response prevention to help clients confront their anxiety and obsessions in a purposeful, structured way. He also works with many clients with trauma, delving deep into their narratives to explore emotions and develop tools to move forward meaningfully.
Stefanie Robison, LMHC
Stefanie Robison is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY with expertise in providing support to young adults with anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), eating disorders, relationship issues, and depression. She guides emerging adults through times of uncertainty, such as the transitions into college and the working world, when concerns around body image, perfectionism, and obsessive thinking often arise. Her goal is to help clients build the sustainable coping skills to navigate shifting life circumstances throughout adulthood.
Catherine Silver, LCSW
Catherine Silver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY specializing in eating and body image challenges, anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and trauma. She has particular expertise in supporting women and adolescents with eating disorders, strengthening the connection between the mind and body. She also enjoys working with couples and families to resolve conflicts, heal relationships, and improve communication.
Catherine practices evidence-based therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She is committed to helping clients build the mindfulness skills to deepen their connection to their body, their loved ones, and the present moment.
What is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive, unwelcome thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors that someone does to mitigate their anxiety (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions can cause distress and interfere with daily routine, work, social life, or general well-being. OCD typically involves both obsessions and compulsions, but it is also possible to have only obsessions or only compulsions. The DSM-5 defines OCD as the presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both. Seeking treatment for OCD can help reduce unwanted thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions.
What are symptoms of OCD?
OCD obsession symptoms may include repeated and unwanted thoughts or urges that interrupt and interfere with daily activities. These obsessions can cause anxiety and can be difficult to ignore. OCD compulsion symptoms may include consistent behaviors that are performed in order to reduce anxiety, get rid of obsessions and/or prevent something bad from happening. At times, the compulsions may only offer a temporary relief from anxiety.
What are some causes of OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder can occur at any age. There is no definite cause for OCD, however, genetics, biology, and the environment can all play a role. The brain may function differently or have changes in its natural chemistry. Having family members who have OCD can increase the risk of someone developing OCD. And experiencing trauma or stress can also lead to obsessions and/or compulsions.
What are treatment options for obsessive compulsive disorder?
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.
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.
How long are therapy sessions for OCD?
Therapy sessions for OCD treatment are usually from 45 - 60 minutes long. While most therapists focus on treatment for adults, some offer services for children, adolescents, and young adults as well.
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.
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.