The OCD and Anxiety Center for Change specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and other Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches (EBTs). All treatment starts with a comprehensive assessment. Multiple assessment modalities include structured interviews, observation, and questionnaires. The assessment process takes 1-2 sessions, depending on the presenting issues.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a behavioral intervention to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings, and experiences. ACT teaches people how to engage with and overcome painful thoughts and feelings through acceptance and mindfulness techniques, develop self-compassion and flexibility, and build life-enhancing patterns of behavior. ACT is not about overcoming pain or fighting emotions; it's about embracing life and feeling everything it has to offer. It offers a way out of suffering by choosing to live a life based on what matters most. Visit ACBS HERE to learn more.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
ERP is a behavioral therapy that exposes people to situations or internal experiences such as thoughts, images, and body sensations designed to provoke a person’s fear. These exposures are completed to create new learning about their fear and the person's ability to navigate the anxiety and discomfort that comes with it without engaging in compulsions, avoidance, or safety behaviors. Click HERE to learn more about ERP for OCD.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a structured and goal-oriented therapy that helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking to view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them more effectively. Click HERE to read an article to learn more.
Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy (ComB)
The ComB model assesses five functional domains known to be associated with the promotion of the body-Focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB). This model focuses on understanding why, where, and how a person engages in their BFRB so that individualized
interventions can be selected to help them achieve what they want without engaging in the BFRB. Sensory, cognitive, affective, motor, and place are the five domains. Read more HERE from the IOCDF or HERE from the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors.
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention (CBIT)/Habit Reversal Training (HRT)
CBIT and HRT are highly effective treatments for tic disorders. CBIT is an updated treatment from the standard HRT. Treatment consists of three important components - creating and increasing awareness of the tics and the urges to do them, training to do a competing behavior when the person feels the urge to do a tic, and to make changes in daily activities that can help reduce tics. To learn more about tic disorders click HERE.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s happening around us.
Prolonged Exposure (PE)
Prolonged exposure teaches individuals to gradually approach their trauma-related memories, feelings and situations. They presumably learn that trauma-related memories and cues are not dangerous and do not need to be avoided. Learn more HERE from the National Center for PTSD.
Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)
SPACE is a parent-based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems. Click HERE to learn more.
Therapists can provide school or community resources, including behavioral health resources to a student, parents/guardians, family, or to school staff. Therapists can provide engagement strategies, support, and education to parents/guardians or school staff regarding effective social/emotional interventions and strategies for a specific student.