Therapists Specializing in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in New York
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition marked by repetitive, intrusive, and unwanted thoughts that cause distress or anxiety. People manage these thoughts through rituals or compulsions, such as repeated checking or washing behaviors. These compulsions can prove distressing unto themselves, and impair one's ability to function in daily life.
One of the most effective, evidence-based therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder is exposure and response prevention (ERP), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In ERP, the client begins by learning tools for managing anxiety. Then, the therapist helps with the gradual exposure to triggers for the obsessions and anxiety, after which the clients are asked not to engage in their usual compulsive behaviors. Over time, this leads to a decrease in anxiety and a solidification of skills to manage intrusive thoughts in the future. Therapists might also draw on other therapies, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) or mindfulness to help people with obsessive thoughts.
Find therapists in New York who specialize in obsessive compulsive disorder below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!