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  • Writer's pictureJulia Koroleva

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

New Horizons Psychological Services in New York provides specialized support for individuals struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) using evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP): ERP is a gold standard treatment for OCD that involves gradually exposing individuals to their fears or obsessions while preventing them from engaging in compulsive behaviors. Therapists at New Horizons work collaboratively with clients to develop personalized exposure hierarchies tailored to their specific OCD symptoms. Through repeated exposure to feared stimuli and learning to resist compulsive behaviors, clients gradually experience reduced anxiety and increased confidence in managing their symptoms.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT is another effective therapeutic approach for OCD that focuses on acceptance of unwanted thoughts and feelings, mindfulness, and values-based action. Therapists at New Horizons help clients cultivate acceptance and mindfulness skills to observe their obsessive thoughts without judgment and take committed action towards their values and goals despite the presence of anxiety. By fostering psychological flexibility, ACT empowers individuals to live fuller and more meaningful lives, even in the presence of OCD symptoms.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a widely used therapeutic approach for OCD that focuses on identifying and challenging maladaptive thought patterns and beliefs underlying obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Therapists at New Horizons work with clients to identify cognitive distortions and develop alternative, more adaptive ways of thinking about their obsessions and compulsions. By restructuring cognitive patterns and implementing behavioral strategies, clients can experience significant reductions in OCD symptoms and improvements in overall functioning.

At New Horizons Psychological Services, therapists may integrate elements of ERP, ACT, and CBT into a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to each individual's unique needs and preferences. Through collaborative exploration, skill-building exercises, and practical tools, clients are empowered to overcome OCD and reclaim control over their lives. Additionally, therapists provide ongoing support, encouragement, and guidance throughout the treatment process to ensure clients feel supported and empowered on their journey towards recovery from OCD.

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