During psychotherapy the goal is to help clients recognize problematic thinking and behaviors, develop effective coping strategies, improve functioning, lessen emotional distress, and resolve symptoms. When participating in psychotherapy there may be times of discomfort, resistance, and uncertainty; this is a part of the therapeutic process. Psychotherapy is different from normal social interaction in that open communication and discussion of difficult, even embarrassing material is encouraged and necessary for growth. Challenging the thoughts, behaviors, and relationship patterns that create and maintain the difficulties that led to the need for treatment is essential for the best outcome possible. Following the initial evaluation, recommendations or a treatment plan are offered. If there is need for further evaluation you may be referred to additional treatment providers.
Many times, in-home therapy is needed to treat OCD and other disorders. Changing maladaptive behaviors in the environment in which they take place is usually very helpful to maintain treatment gains. Home visits can be a key part of creating an effective treatment plan. Thus, many behaviors cannot be addressed successfully without them. Conducting sessions at home can provide valuable missing information to the therapist: regarding symptoms and how interactions among family members may be affecting treatment. Each in-home session is thoroughly planned with the therapist, client, and any family members prior to the visit.
Intensive Treatment for OCD
Intensive treatment is designed based on the client’s symptom severity and current level of readiness for change. Clients may meet with a therapist daily, full or half days, or only attend few sessions a week depending on specific treatment needs. The Intensive Treatment option for OCD is tailored to address the specific needs of the individual. It is designed to meet the individual’s needs and can range in length between 2 days to 1-2 weeks. Weekend intensives are available for a jumpstart.
The Intensive Treatment option for OCD is tailored to address the specific needs of the individual.
Initial CBT sessions emphasize psychoeducation on anxiety, OCD, treatment for OCD, and assessing readiness for change. The subsequent sessions primarily focus on Exposure and Response Prevention.
During ERP, patients are assisted in progressive exposures to their specific fear and encouraged to stop compulsions. Sessions take place in the natural environment where the triggers, obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors occur. For example, sessions may be held at restaurants, patient’s home or office, shopping malls, buses, or airplanes.
Family Counseling for OCD
The Anxiety & OCD Treatment Center of Central Pennsylvania offers family counseling when a loved one has OCD or an anxiety disorder. During these sessions we discuss topics of family accommodation, provide education on OCD and OCD treatment.
Telephone Sessions and Video Therapy
Individual or family sessions can be conducted by phone, FaceTime, or Skype.
Available upon request.
Set goals with peers, support one another, learn new skills all in a group setting. Groups change quarterly and run from September-December and January-April.
-Harm OCD group
-Contamination OCD group
-Social Anxiety group
Each group is 6 sessions $45 per group and you must prepay and sign up prior to session starting.
*Assessment is required for any non- Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Central Pennsylvania clients