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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The LodeStone Center for Behavioral Health provides a variety of types of therapy for treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Each of our therapists have a unique therapy style and work with varying ages. It is our goal to match you with a therapist that will best fit your needs and provide you with the best care possible. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit with a therapist, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at 847-802-4058.

What is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that causes people to have excessive fears or repeating, persistent thoughts (obsessions) and can cause them to perform repetitive behaviors or rituals to help deal with those thoughts (compulsions). These obsessions are not simply real-life worries, but are excessive and deeply anxiety provoking. When a person needs to perform behaviors to deal with these worries, the compulsions can be quite debilitating and time consuming. When the fear and/or the compulsion begin to interfere with the person’s life, they may meet criteria for OCD.

What Does OCD Treatment Focus On?

Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder focuses on a range of goals that tend to help reduce symptoms of the disorder. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a type of therapy that teaches techniques to reduce anxiety and help restructure anxiety-based thoughts to help people gain control over their symptoms. As people learn to cope effectively with the obsessive thoughts, and develop alternate behaviors to help manage anxiety, they begin to develop ways to break the cycle of thoughts and behaviors that maintains the disorder. Therapy also focuses on other areas of life that are impacted by OCD. Sometime relationships become strained due to the symptoms, people withdraw from life activities and goals, or are unable to engage in the things they want to do in life. Therapy for OCD focuses on regaining access to all the areas of your life that may have been strained by OCD.

TeleHealth At Home Counseling and Psychotherapy

Telehealth, or “teletherapy” is a highly effective method of accessing care that is particularly useful for people in remote work positions, those with transportation issues or for those that live a significant distance from a provider they would like to see. Therapy via video or telehealth is an excellent and effective way to receive treatment for OCD. Most if not all treatment modalities translate well from in person to telehealth allowing for you to still receive effective and personalized care, including CBT, ERP, and many ofter modalities. At times, it can even be easier allowing you to complete exercises in environments where they occur in real time with your therapist. Add in that adolescents spend a good majority of their time and commonly socialize via their phones and videos, this can assist in making the therapy process feel more comfortable and be more successful for them.  Telehealth comprises approximately 60% of the care delivered by The LodeStone Center and we utilize one of the easiest to access and highest quality platforms for our telehealth calls (Zoom for Healthcare). It’s easy to use, secure and available on any computer, tablet or phone. Psychotherapy, counseling and medication management are all accessible through our telehealth option, and every provider at The LodeStone Center is available through telehealth. Our registration process is entirely online, and many services are available within a few days.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding therapy for OCD, please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our therapists. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our mental health professionals, contact us today.