Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Hallie Condit, MSW, LICSW

Kirkland, Washington

(425) 462-2799

condit-therapist@earthlink.net

Treatment for Adults with Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

We provide cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown in clinical trials to help people with symptoms of adult OCD.

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that can effectively treat OCD.

Do you experience any of these thoughts or behaviors that can be due to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Unwanted thoughts that you can't get out of your mind, no matter how much you try?
Repeating certain phrases to make sure that nothing bad happens?
Washing your hands or showering more often than most other people?
Excessively cleaning objects (e.g., clothes, household items, furniture, etc.)?
Rechecking to be sure you have properly performed a completed task?
Repeating routine behaviors because you are not sure you have done these behaviors, or done them "just right"?
Arranging the contents of your desk in an effort to make them symmetrical or "just right"?
Counting items that do not really merit counting?


To learn more about how I can help you with these symptoms, please call
(425) 462-2799.

You can also reach me by e-mail at
condit-therapist@earthlink.net
.

Treatment for Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD treatment has improved dramatically over the past decade. Advances in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have led to the development of a therapeutic approach that is remarkably effective in treating OCD.

The most effective treatment for OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention. This approach has dramatically altered the treatment of OCD.

Hallie Condit is a graduate of the Behavior Therapy Institute. This intensive training focuses on using Exposure and Response Prevention therapy for individuals with OCD. ERP has consistently been found by researchers to be the most effective treatment for OCD.

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

The first step is assessing the problem; and in devising concrete, active steps towards alleviating OCD symptoms.

Then we create a detailed list of his or her symptoms. This symptom list is then used as the primary tool in a form of treatment called "Exposure and Response Prevention".

Using the symptom list, the client experiments during treatment sessions with exposure to his or her fears, starting with the least anxiety-provoking items from the symptom list.

Homework assignments are given so that the client can continue to challenge symptoms between therapy sessions. These homework assignments are specifically designed for each individual client, and are an essential part of treatment for OCD.

The exposure part of the therapy involves actually confronting the source of the anxiety and/or discomfort. With repeated sessions, the discomfort diminishes until the activity no longer produces anxiety or discomfort.

For many patients, pretreatment with medication makes the process less anxiety-provoking and hastens or facilitates the overall improvement.

Sources: OCD Foundation, OCD Center of Los Angeles

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