Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can range in severity from slightly
annoying to completely debilitating. Obsessive thoughts and their
associated compulsive behaviors create significant anxiety. They tend to
be distracting, time-consuming and can interfere with work, school
and relationships with loved ones. Behavior therapy in the form of
exposure and response prevention (ERP) has proven to be the most
effective treatment for OCD. I work closely with my patients to develop
an ERP treatment plan to be carried out both within and between sessions.
Over time, my role becomes more of an educator / consultant as you
become more confident in your ability to manage anxiety, face your fears
and take more control in your treatment.
In addition, I also work with individuals suffering from generalized
anxiety and other anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic
disorder and phobias. When people are anxious, they often have a certain way of thinking about
themselves and the world. This thinking pattern may be very
distressing, and/or it may get in the way of making healthy decisions,
which can interfere with daily functioning. In session, I help patients
to recognize their thinking styles, and to challenge the thoughts which
may be getting in the way of them living happy and productive lives. I
also work with patients to reduce overall levels of anxiety and
encourage healthy behaviors in their everyday lives.