We utilize the most updated evidence based approach in treating OCD. Dr. Schanowitz has been extensively trained and certified by the Behavior Therapy Institute, to use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to treat this condition, and has seen tremendous positive results over the years.
ERP, for the treatment of OCD, is derived from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). CBT refers to a group of similar types of therapies used by mental health therapists for treating psychological disorders, with the most important type of CBT for OCD being Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
The Exposure in ERP refers to exposing yourself to the thoughts, images, objects, and situations that make you anxious and/or start your obsessions. While the Response Prevention part of ERP, refers to making a choice not to do a compulsive behavior and/or not to avoid the feared situation, once the anxiety or obsessions have been triggered. This approach, under the guidance of Dr. Schanowitz, is done gradually, so that you will learn how to habituate to levels of discomfort and anxiety, at your own pace. Eventually, Dr. Schanowitz will help you learn how to do your own ERP exercises to help manage your symptoms.