You realize it’s irrational, but you have to do it anyway. It’s the only way you feel reassured like you’re “right” again. Lately, though, these thoughts and actions have begun to interfere more in your life. Friends and family are getting increasingly frustrated with you. At work, your boss has said you’re a bit too rigid and set in your ways. Deep down inside, you know they’re right and you’re getting worried.
OCD is taking over.
You feel overwhelmed and trapped by your own brain. You tried therapy before, but it didn’t really feel like it helped. You’re not sure what else you can try to feel better. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may be the solution you’ve searched for. ERP is a type of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) that the latest scientific research has found is effective for treating OCD, its subtypes, and other related disorders including:
- Primarily Obsessional (aka Pure O) – intrusive and unwanted thoughts, emotions, or urges about harm to others or yourself
- Health OCD – persistent concerns about having or contracting an illness and taking excessive preventative steps
- Sexual Identity (H-OCD) – persistent concerns or doubts about sexual orientation in someone that is straight
- Relational/Romantic (R-OCD) – persistent and intrusive worries or thoughts related to relationships, incest, and/or bestiality
- “Hit and Run” OCD – repetitive obsessive thoughts about causing a serious car/driving accident
- Pedophilia OCD (P-OCD) – excessive concerns about pedophilia, doing illegal things, etc.
- Sensorimotor OCD – excessive focus on specific body parts and/or its processes such as swallowing, blinking, breathing, heart beat, etc.
- Religious OCD (aka scrupulosity) – excessive concerns about violating religious beliefs/doctrine and engaging in compulsive religious acts to alleviate fears and thoughts
- Tourettic OCD (T-OCD) – performance of compulsive behaviors until it feels “just right”
- Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) – a way of being that highly values a strict adherence to order and control with little room for adaptability
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Excoriation/dermatillomania (skin picking), trichotillomania (hair pulling), nail biting, and other body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB)
Our ERP sessions happen in and around the areas surrounding our Miami, FL office near Coral Gables. This treatment can help you:
Better manage anxiety
Learn to stop engaging in compulsive behaviors
Find healthier ways to respond to obsessive thoughts
Shift your perception of obsessive thoughts
Get back to enjoying your favorite activities
- Regain your quality of life