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Dr. Cassidy Blair, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist | PSY 22022

Dr. Cassidy Blair, Psy.D.

Can OCD Be Treated Working With a Psychologist?

If you or someone you love has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you may be wondering what the next steps are. How do you manage it? Is there treatment available? Will working with a therapist help? These are all absolutely valid questions, and our team at Blair Wellness Group is here to help answer them! Blair Wellness Group is a team of Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specialize in the treatment of OCD. We offer individualized treatment plans based on various evidence-based treatment modalities that have been proven to be effective in helping our patients overcome their disorders. Read on to learn more about OCD and contact us today to schedule a consultation and see how we can help you! 

What Is OCD?

OCD is a disorder that causes intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It can be extremely debilitating and interfere with daily life activities. The thoughts can be anything from fears of germs to concerns about hurting others. The compulsions are usually rituals or routines that are done in an attempt to ease the anxiety caused by the thoughts.

Who Is At Risk for OCD?

OCD can affect anyone at any age. It is more common in adolescents and adults all over the world. Onset of the disorder is typically seen in younger males with diagnosis often occurring before age 19. 

Symptoms of OCD

The symptoms of OCD can vary from person to person. However, some common symptoms include:

  • Intrusive thoughts that may include aggressive or horrific thoughts about you losing control and harming yourself or others
  • Compulsive behaviors, such as checking things, counting things, or cleaning
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

What Causes OCD and How Is It Diagnosed?

The cause of OCD is unknown. However, it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. OCD is diagnosed by a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. A diagnosis is based on the multitude of your symptoms and how they are adversely impacting your life.

How Is It Treated?

The treatment for OCD usually involves a combination of therapy and treatment under the care of a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Research shows that OCD does respond well to therapy in a wide range of cases. Blair Wellness Group offers individualized treatment plans that have been proven to be effective in helping our patients overcome their disorders. We offer a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you overcome OCD and lead a normal, healthy, functional, and happy life. Another type of treatment used to treat OCD is ERP therapy, which helps you confront and resist the urges to do rituals or compulsions. Learn more about each treatment below and reach out to us today to schedule an appointment for CBT in Beverly Hills. 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

CBT is one of the most common treatment methods used by Licensed Clinical Psychologists to help their patients overcome obstacles that are preventing them from leading healthy, happy lives. This type of behavioral therapy helps you understand how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are related to your OCD symptoms. It can help you change the way you think about things and learn how to cope with your anxiety in a healthy way. Depending on a number of factors, such as symptoms you’re experiencing and the severity of your OCD, treatment may take up to 18 months. Blair Wellness Group offers customized treatment plans tailored to the individual needs of the patient based on evidence-based treatment modalities that have been proven to be effective in helping our patients overcome their disorders. If you are interested in learning more about our services, please contact us today at 310-999-4996!

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy 

ERP is another type of therapy that helps you confront and resist the urges to do rituals or compulsions. It can help you break the cycle of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. The length of time it will take for you to complete ERP therapy depends on a number of factors, including how severe your OCD is and how well you respond to treatment. Most people require between 12 and 18 months of treatment. 

How to Find the Right Therapist for You 

If you are looking for a Licensed Clinical Psychologist to help you treat your OCD, it is important to find the right one for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Find a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has experience treating OCD.
  • Make sure the therapist is licensed and qualified. 
  • Ask if the therapist offers cognitive-behavioral therapy or exposure and response prevention therapy, mentioned above. These are two of the most effective therapies for treating OCD. 
  • Talk to the Licensed Clinical Psychologist about your goals for treatment and make sure they align with what the therapist can offer.
  • Trust your gut! If you don’t feel comfortable with the therapist, find someone else. The most important thing is that you feel safe and comfortable working with them.

How Our Licensed Clinical Psychologists Can Support You 

If you are struggling with OCD, our therapists can provide the support you need. Here are a few things they can do to help:

  • Help you understand your OCD and how it works. 
  • Teach you coping skills to deal with your anxiety. 
  • Help you resist the urge to engage in rituals or compulsions. 
  • Encourage and motivate you throughout your treatment journey.

At Blair Wellness Group, we specialize in the treatment of OCD. Our team understands that your OCD isn’t one-size-fits-all. You may have different compulsions or obsessions than other patients, and your OCD may be more or less severe than that of others. No matter the case, our team of Licensed Clinical Psychologists is here to support you. We offer individualized treatment plans that have been proven to be effective in helping our patients overcome their disorders. We will take into account your unique symptoms, concerns, history, background, etc. to ensure that we provide you with the highest quality of treatment that is specifically tailored to your specific needs and your personal history. If you’ve recently been diagnosed or are currently struggling with OCD, we understand that you may be discouraged or scared, but we’re here to help.  Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation in Beverly Hills today and see how we can help!

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