How can I find an OCD Specialist near me?

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How can I find an OCD Specialist near me?

A therapist who is effective in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. If your therapist is not using these types of therapy, they are not qualified to treat OCD and you are wasting time and money on their services. To find out more about why CBT and ERP are the premiere, evidence-based treatment for OCD, visit my blog ‘What is Effective Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder’.

Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find a qualified OCD therapist in your area. However, even if you are not close to an OCD therapist in your area doesn’t mean you cannot receive effective treatment. There are many therapists that will do tele-therapy with programs that are Hipaa compliant. This means that your privacy is protected during sessions, even through electronic devices. Tele-therapy gives therapists the much needed opportunity to reach individuals who are in need of treatment for OCD all over the world.

Many therapists will cross state lines with tele-therapy to provide therapy for individuals who do not have access to proper treatment for OCD. Therapists will also do tele-therapy for individuals who may be homebound for their symptoms or who would like support during their home exposures.
Tele-therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy. When I went through ERP, I received phone therapy from my therapist and I did not feel it was in the least bit ineffective or delayed a positive outcome as a result. The commitment level and participation of the individual receiving ERP therapy does not have to be any less when engaging in tele-therapy.

Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can often have a barrier with cost. It is important to ask the OCD therapist if they can take insurance, however there are not many that will. If the OCD specialist does not take insurance, not all hope is lost. Many therapists will work with individuals on a sliding payment scale, or may have associates working with them who charge a lesser fee. Do not be afraid to ask the therapist if there are payment options in order to get the therapy you need for OCD. It also may be possible to get a single-case agreement with your insurance company. Inquire with your insurance for more information.

There are many strategies you can explore in helping to get the most out of the therapy sessions you can afford. Talking to your therapist about OCD self-help strategies in between sessions such as homework, peer support, apps, workbooks, and support groups are ways to get supplemental support to advance recovery with OCD. A therapist can assign homework in between sessions to help further you along in the therapy process. Peer support is an incredible way to receive support from an individual with lived experience at a lesser cost than therapy. There are OCD apps, workbooks, and programs designed to support individuals for accountability and support during treatment. Support groups online or in your area are a great way to receive support as well throughout your therapy experience.

If you are in need of an OCD therapist in your area or other resources, please go to and fill out the contact form to set a consultation or peer support session with Chrissie Hodges. Chrissie will be able to help you find the right therapist and resources to find your path to recovery with OCD.