Treatment Information

What We Treat and How We Treat It

What We Treat

Below is a list of the disorders that we most commonly treat at the NOATC. Our approach is evidence-based, meaning that we only implement treatments that have been proven effective by research. Click the individual disorders to learn more.

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. They are all backed by evidence and proven to reduce symptoms. For information about our groups, click here.

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.

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In some cases, it can be helpful to have a more thorough assessment rather than a basic intake session. We provide comprehensive evaluations for the presence and severity of psychological disorders such as anxiety, OCD, tic disorders, depression, and OC-spectrum issues. Gold-standard assessments, such as the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale, will be given along with in-depth clinical interviews. Individuals will be provided with a report on diagnosis, severity and recommended course of treatment.

Therapy For Adults

Treatment is available for adults with OCD, anxiety, and OC-spectrum disorders. Sessions are generally 50 or 90 minutes in duration and are offered on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis based on need. 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

We provide individual treatment for children and adolescents aged 5-18. Research-backed methods are creatively implemented to keep kids engaged and motivated to make difficult changes. Because anxiety thrives when families change their routines or behaviors to accommodate the symptoms, parents are often invited to participate in the sessions. This ensures that they can best support treatment in the home environment. To learn more about therapy with children and adolescents, click here.

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, visit the Group Therapy page here.

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.

Family Therapy

Oftentimes the family members of those suffering with OCD, anxiety, and related disorders are confused about how best to respond to their loved ones’ symptoms. Moreover, those with the disorder can feel punished or stigmatized for their symptoms. Family therapy can ensure that each family member has a chance to express his or her needs and work toward increased understanding. This treatment will help to reduce symptom accommodation and increase harmony within the family.