OCD Therapists in Rhode Island

The following therapists and psychiatrists are some of the best OCD therapists in Rhode Island. They specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and have practices in Providence, Lincoln, and East Greenwich.

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).

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 Rhode Island, it is possible to find therapists with extensive training in ERP who are in-network with health insurances such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Tufts, United Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, and Neighborhood Health; however, most psychiatrists do not accept insurance and typically charge fees over $300 per session. Psychiatric nurse practitioners may be able to provide medication management as an adjunct to therapy, and they tend to accept health insurances and offer lower fees than psychiatrists. 

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 Providence. 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 Rhode Island.

OCD Therapists in Rhode Island

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How to find a therapist for OCD treatment in Rhode Island

How much does therapy for OCD cost in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, it is possible 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, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, and Neighborhood Health; however, most psychiatrists do not accept insurance and typically charge fees over $300 per session. Psychiatric nurse practitioners may be able to provide medication management for obsessive compulsive disorder as an adjunct to therapy, and they tend to accept health insurances and offer lower fees than psychiatrists.

Therapy sessions for OCD are usually 45min - 1h long. While many therapists only see adults over the age of 18, some also offer therapy services for children, adolescents, and young adults. Most therapists with deep expertise and training in Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD have offices in Providence.

What should I look for in a therapist for OCD?

When looking for an OCD therapist, make sure that your potential therapist has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and specifically Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

A well-trained OCD therapist also will first conduct a thorough background intake, and assessment of all your symptoms.

OCD diagnosis and treatment

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 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.

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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.

Read more about treatment options for OCD >>

OCD resources and treatment centers in Rhode Island

What OCD treatment centers and research studies are available in Rhode Island?

Most specialized programs for OCD treatment and hospitals in Rhode Island are located in Providence.

Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC): Bradley Hospital’s Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) offers an Intensive Program for OCD for children and adolescents ages 5 to 18 who are experiencing changes in their daily activities due to OCD or obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. The Intensive Program for OCD accepts major insurance plans, and will work with clients to determine the best services that is covered by their child’s health insurance plan. Treatments typically last for 8 weeks and can include either full-day programs, where sessions take place every day, Monday through Friday, or half-day programs, which take place 2 days a week. The treatment of choice is exposure and response prevention (ERP), as it strengthens one’s ability to manage anxiety by gradually facing obsessive fears, and reducing repetitive compulsions of OCD. The OCD treatment at PARC is multidisciplinary, and includes, individual therapy, psychiatric care, milieu therapy, and family therapy, so parents and family members can be involved in the child’s treatment plan. At PARC, cutting-edge research is constantly being conducted, and they offer patients the opportunity to enroll in their studies in order to help advance future knowledge and treatment of OCD.

Butler Hospital: At Butler Hospital, a variety of settings are provided for OCD treatment, including hospital, partial hospital, and outpatient clinics. One setting is the OCD Outpatient Clinic at Butler Hospital includes a specialized therapists and psychiatrists who provide a range of services, such as consultations, diagnostic evaluations, second-opinion consultations, evidence-based medication treatment, and referrals to a network of cognitive behavioral therapists. Butler Hospital also has an Intensive OCD and Anxiety Outpatient program for those who have not found symptomatic relief through medication and outpatient treatment. A provider referral form must be completed by a mental health treatment provider, and clients are encouraged to call their health insurance company to inquire about their intensive outpatient program benefits. Intensive OCD and Anxiety Outpatient programs include individual therapy that meet twice a week, daily group therapy, home-based consultations, and expert psychiatric medication consultations. Programs typically run for six weeks, and are on Mondays through Thursdays, from 3:00-6:00PM. Treatment strategies include exposure and response prevention (ERP). At Butler Hospital, there is also a team of researchers who focus on different studies of OCD treatments so that new treatment and strategies can become available for their clients.

Women And Infants Hospital Day Program: Other resources in Rhode Island include The Day Program at Women and Infants Hospital for new moms with postpartum OCD. While postpartum OCD is not as commonly spoken about than postpartum depression, both are serious conditions that can affect new mothers. New mothers may experience obsessive or intrusive thoughts about the safety of their new infant.

What OCD group therapy resources are available in Rhode Island?

Group therapy sessions and support groups can be another great resource for those with OCD. Butler Hospital offers a support group for those with OCD that meets the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00 - 8:00pm. 

What local OCD advocacy initiatives are available? 

In addition to local treatment and support centers, there are also resources for OCD nearby in Boston, which is easily accessible and only an hour drive or train ride away. The Greater Boston Area joins together for their annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk located at Jamaica Pond, that raises money to help support the International OCD Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that helps support those with OCD across the globe, and is another resource for finding events and OCD treatment centers in different areas of the world.