intensive outpatient therapy for OCD and anxietyfor children, teens, and adults
What’s unique about our IOP?
A short response: our IOP is “tailored exclusively to you, only YOU” and “we don’t talk about exposure, we do exposure.”
- You schedule your intensive sessions based on your work or school’s schedule.
(mornings, afternoon, weekend and evening appointments available)
- You have a single therapist in charge of your treatment plan.
- You have access to your therapist for exposure coaching 24/7.
- Your OCD symptoms are targeted strategically in every session.
- You commit to 45-hours minimum, and 3 times a week minimum.
- Parent coaching sessions are required when working with children and teens.
Why treatment for OCD is important?
Children and teens struggling with severe OCD are at risk of dropping important activities such as attending school, spending time with friends, and basic self-care including eating, grooming, etc.
Adult OCD sufferers are almost four times more likely to be unemployed and are at risk for developing other comorbid condition such as depression, social phobia, panic disorder, phobias, or substance abuse (Rasmussen & Tsuang, 1986; Karno et al., 1988; Koran, Thienemann, & Davenport, 1996).
How to start?
To start right away: call or email us to schedule an intake session (click here).
During the intake session a specialized clinical interview is conducted, specific OCD assessments are administered, and if necessary, authorization to consult with significant others and/or other professionals is requested.
Then, you and your intake therapist will discuss treatment options including frequency, tentative length of treatment, and payment options.
How does the intensive treatment look like?
Our program is based on Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) , the most effective treatment for treating OCD and anxiety problems for children, teens, and adults, based on clinical research over the last 20 years.
Exposure involves gradually approaching, at your or your child pace, situations, thoughts, images, or urges that are triggering in daily life without engaging in any compulsive behaviors (counting, touching, reassurance seeking, washing, tapping, etc)
What are our treatment outcomes?
Left graphic: 15-year old teen.
Obsessions: fears of harming others and contamination .
Number of sessions: 30 (90-minutes each)
Right graphic: 34-year old adult.
Obsessions: fears of making mistakes.
Number of sessions: 32 (120-minutes each)
CY-BOCS and Y-BOCS score ranges: 0-7 sub-clinical; 8-15 mild; 16-23 moderate; 24-31 severe; 32-40 extreme
These charts show clients’ OCD severity scores as measured by the Children’s Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS) and the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) at the start, during, and end of treatment.
common obsessions: fear of causing harm or violently attacking others.
common compulsions: avoidance of people that could be harm, objects that could be used, reassurance.
common obsessions: fear of being sexually attracted to children.
common compulsions: checking for arousal in triggering situation, excessive mental review of behavior around children or teen.
religious and moral ocd, scrupulosity OCD
common obsessions: fear of blasphemy or being morally imperfect
common compulsions: excessive mental review of perceived moral faults, compulsive prayer.
just right OCD
common obsessions: fear of not being able to tolerate uncomfortable, unpleasant feelings.
common compulsions: re-arranging/ordering behaviors until it feels “right.”
common obsessions: fear of all types of contaminants such as germs, chemicals, etc.
common compulsions: excessive washing, checking specific areas.
hypochondria, or health OCD
common obsessions: fear of having or catching illnesses e.g. cancer, HIV, flu, etc.
common compulsions: excessive scanning for body for symptoms, excessive information seeking, reassurance seeking from medical professionals.
gay OCD, or HOCD
common obsessions: intrusive thoughts related to sexual orientation e.g. am I gay?
common compulsions: checking for sexual arousal or body noise in triggering situations, avoidance of triggering situations, excessive mental review of sexual themes.
common obsessions: fear of not being in loved, not choosing the right partner.
common compulsions: mental checking of love memories, mental checking of qualities of relationship.
hyperawareness OCD, somatosensory OCD
common obsessions: fear of not properly breathing, blinking, swallowing, or other semi-voluntary behaviors
common compulsions: excessive attention to body changes, excessive monitoring of a micro change in the body.