You Are Not Alone
Information for Individuals

Choosing A Therapist

Because it’s important to find the right therapist to work with, it’s worthwhile to interview a potential therapist.  Here are some questions to ask a therapist before committing to treatment:

  • Are you trained to use cognitive behavior therapy to treat OCD?
  • Where did you obtain your training?
  • How many clients with OCD have you successfully treated?
  • Are you ever willing to leave the office for treatment sessions?
  • Will you conduct therapy sessions by telephone if necessary?
  • Are you licensed to practice in this state?
  • What techniques do you use to treat this specific form of OCD? Hint: you want them to mention Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

Avoid a treatment provider who:

  • Claims that the main technique for managing OCD is relaxation or talk therapy or play therapy for children
  • Believes that OCD is caused by childhood trauma, toilet training, self-esteem issues or family dynamics
  • Blames parents or one’s upbringing for OCD
  • Seems guarded or angry at questions about treatment techniques
  • Claims that medication alone is a treatment for OCD

The relationship with your therapist is very important. During therapy, you will have to discuss uncomfortable fears and behaviors and be willing to take on ERP exercises the therapist prescribes.  Finding a therapist who is right for you is critical to your success in overcoming OCD.

If you live in the Chicago area, you can contact OCD Chicago to discuss therapy options for OCD.

Or to find a therapist outside the Chicago area, contact the International OCD Foundation.  You can view therapist listings on their web site.


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