Friday, January 29, 2010

Finding a Good Therapist for OCD In US and Canada


The International OCD Foundation(IOCDF)has an an OCD Treatment Provider List for the United States and Canada. There is a dearth of qualified Exposure and Response Prevention(ERP)/Cognitive Behavioral therapists, and it can be frustrating to find effective therapy, but this is the place to start.

What to look for:
  • Behavior Therapy Training Institute(BTTI) faculty
  • Graduates of BTTI
  • If they are a graduate of BTTI and have a website, check to see if they mention ERP at all. Some take the training, but their sites show no trace of it.
  • Specific mention of ERP in their listing
  • Cognitive Behavorial Therapy(CBT) in combination with ERP
Keep in mind that this list is made up of therapists who requested to be on it, and there is a disclaimer that the IOCDF does not screen or research any of the therapists, but I do think it increases your odds of finding someone who is well versed in current treatment.

Related Link:
Tips on Finding a Therapist from Austin OCD Center
Finding a CBT Therapist

4 comments:

  1. My daughter is moving to Greenville South Carolina and will need a psychologist and a psycharist when she gets there for OCD. She recently had a baby and thinks everything has blood on it. She washes her hands until they are raw. Someone please help me.

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  2. My heart goes out to you and your daughter. The International OCD Foundation is a good place to start--http://www.ocfoundation.org
    info@ocfoundation.org or call 617.973.5801

    Also, there is a blog about getting help for postpartum ocd and depression called Postpartum Progress:
    http://www.postpartumprogress.com/weblog/

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  3. Additionally, the OCD-Support Yahoo Group(there's a link to the right), is a good place to ask if anyone knows of someone in SC who specializes in treating OCD.

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  4. Thank you expwoman, I will check into all you said.

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