What do we offer?

Our Services

Our clinicians provide evidence-based treatment in a variety of formats. Check out the information below to learn about individual, group, family, and couples therapy.
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Individual Therapy for Adults

Treatment is available for adults with OCD, anxiety, and related disorders. Sessions are generally 50 or 80 minutes in duration, depending on client need and symptom severity. This includes a thorough evaluation of symptoms and the development of a treatment plan over the first 1-3 sessions.

Empirically-supported methods like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are used to help clients reduce their symptoms and reach goals. Assessments are given throughout to measure progress.

Therapy For Children & Families

The family environment is an important factor in children's behaviors and emotions. Therefore when kids are in treatment, parents are expected to be active participants. The nature of this participation depends on a number of factors, including the age of the child, the severity of symptoms, and the extent to which parents are involved with the child's symptoms. 

For example, for very young children, having a parent in most or all of the sessions is helpful. For kids with separation anxiety, the goal is to foster increased comfort with distance from loved ones. Therefore, parents may be asked to gradually attend less and less over time. For teenagers, privacy and autonomy are increasingly important. Thus, parents may be minimally involved but given updates on how best to support positive growth at home.

Every individual who receives treatment at the NOATC will go home with between-session assignments. It is often helpful for parents to be aware of homework assignments so that they can monitor and increase accountability. Another area of import to anxiety and OCD is family accommodation. This refers to a set of behaviors that family members engage in that foster avoidance or directly engage with children's rituals. For example, allowing a child to take a "mental health day" off from school when the child is anxious about attending school may initially seem helpful but actually serves to strengthen anxiety and avoidance in the future. Additionally, catering to children's symptoms (e.g., opening doors for him/her, speaking for him/her at restaurants, allowing only "safe" foods) can undermine treatment. Therefore, family accommodation will be assessed and addressed for all pediatric clients.

Couples Therapy

Anxiety, OCD, and OC-spectrum disorders affect more than just the individual with the diagnosis. They can cause stress and strain in relationships, and having a therapist who understands these concerns can be helpful. We provide couples counseling for those experiencing relationship difficulties that are exacerbated by anxiety and OCD. Examples of goals may include how best to support a partner without unintentionally supporting their symptoms and increasing intimacy.

Group Therapy

We offer a rotation of groups for individuals with OCD, anxiety, and OC-spectrum disorders, such as skin picking and hair pulling (trichotillomania). Participants can learn strategies and get support from peers. Multi-week groups for children, teens, and adults are available about once per year and address topics such as maintaining treatment progress, disclosure about OCD/anxiety to loved ones, managing symptoms at school/work, and self-advocacy. For more information, see our current and possible group offerings below.
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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.