Tips for Finding an OCD Therapist

Sep 26, 2022
OCD Treatment

There are a few key things to keep in mind when searching for an OCD therapist. First, it's important to find someone who specializes in treating OCD. This may seem obvious, but many therapists claim to treat OCD even though they don't have much experience with the effective treatments.

Second, you'll want to make sure the therapist uses evidence-based treatments. This means they should be familiar with at least some of the following: Inference-based CBT (I-CBT), Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), and/or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), all of which are effective at treating OCD.

Third, make sure the therapist is licensed.  This is important because it ensures they have undergone the necessary training and education to be a therapist and are held to a professional standard. 

Finally, you'll want to ask about the therapist's success rate.  While no therapist can guarantee success, it's important to find someone who has had success treating OCD in the past. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with OCD, please reach out for help. There are many resources available, and treatment can be effective. You don't have to suffer from OCD alone.

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