Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center

Welcome to the webpage for the Nashville OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center. Here you will find information about our services; general facts about OCD, anxiety and related disorders; and links to additional resources. If you or a loved one suffers from symptoms, you may be confused about where to seek help. Thankfully, there are effective treatments available.

Unwanted
Thoughts?

OCD is characterized by intrusive, unwanted thoughts and images that are distressing to those who experience them. At NOATC, we help individuals understand how to change their reactions to these thoughts in order to experience symptom relief.

Services for Children

Children and adolescents can suffer from anxiety and OCD as well. In fact, up to 30% of kids will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder by age 18. With creativity and compassion, we help kids reduce their symptoms and regain their quality of life.

Treatment for Kids and Teens

Evidence Based Practice

The treatment methods we use are empirically based, meaning that we only use techniques that have been proven effective by research. Each individual's treatment plan is tailored to meet the client's specific needs. To learn more about our services, click the button below.

Treatment Modalities

Our Services

Assessment

Evaluations to determine the presence and severity of OCD, anxiety, depression and other related disorders. Learn more...

Therapy for Adults

Individual treatment sessions of 50 or 90 minutes duration, offered on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. Learn more...

Therapy for Kids

Individual treatment for kids ages 5-18 that combine research-backed methods with creativity. Learn more...

Couples Therapy

Couples sessions for individuals whose relationship has been affected by OCD and anxiety. Learn more...

Family Therapy

Family therapy sessions to address the impact of OCD/anxiety on communication and behavior. Learn more...

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What We Treat

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Treatment Methods

Below you can read more about our preferred treatment methods. While we integrate elements of other modalities as needed, below are some of the more common interventions we use with clients. We use an evidence-based approach to therapy at the NOATC, which means that our methods have support from research. This list is by no means exhaustive but does give a good sense of our general approach.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (also known as CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on how one’s thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors affect mental health.  CBT posits that our maladaptive or unrealistic views of ourselves, the world, and relationships often support our experience of negative emotions like anxiety and sadness. Likewise, our behavioral choices often serve to increase these negative feelings and thoughts. CBT therapists focus on present symptoms to help individuals alter their thoughts and behaviors, thereby improving their emotional states. For more information about CBT, click here.

Exposure/Response Prevention

Exposure and response prevention (also known as ERP) is a technique used in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. In ERP, the client and therapist work together to develop a hierarchy of feared situations. Then, therapists gradually and systematically help individuals to confront anxiety-provoking situations while preventing them from carrying out rituals to reduce the resulting anxiety. Over time, the anxiety response is reduced and symptoms decrease. ERP has demonstrated effectiveness in multiple studies and is generally considered to be the first-line treatment for OCD. For more information about ERP, visit this link.

Mindfulness Techniques

Mindfulness is the practice of attending to the present moment with a non-judgmental stance. It is a component of Zen Buddhism, and research has shown that mindfulness can serve as an effective tool in reducing anxiety symptoms. With anxiety and OCD, we often place too much value on our thoughts and treat them as if they are reality. Paradoxically, learning to accept unwanted thoughts, even the most distressing intrusive ones, can help to reduce their impact on our lives.