We use evidence-based treatment called cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for OCD. For kids and teens with OCD, we focus on exposure and response prevention (E/RP). This involves teaching your child to face their fears (for example, germs) in a repeated fashion and avoid doing compulsions (for example, washing hands). Over time, their fears and anxiety decrease.
Exposure therapy has proven to be the most successful treatment for anxiety disorders, including OCD. It is even more effective when combined with time-limited use of medicine.
Most children with OCD need CBT for 4 to 6 months. Usually they take medicine for 12 to 15 months.
We offer E/RP: