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OCD treatment

Therapy to help you regain control and live free from the grip of obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Confidence

Gain the tools and strategies you need to manage the behaviors and obsessions that come with OCD.
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Healing

Foster healthier emotional well-being, stronger relationships, and improved overall living on your journey to healing from OCD.
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Joy

Rediscover the joy in activities and social experiences that OCD has previously overshadowed.
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We understand the weight that ocd can place on your shoulders.

It’s not just the recurring thoughts or rituals; it’s the internal tug of war, the desire for relief and the fear that you might never find it.

We want you to know that you are not on this journey alone. We understand. You are not “crazy,” and there is hope for a way forward.

in therapy, we can help release the hold OCD has on you.

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About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is a mental health condition characterised by persistent, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that an individual feels compelled to perform in response to these thoughts.

Obsessions and compulsions can significantly disrupt with daily functioning and cause substantial stress. For example, a person may fear that their hands are contaminated (obsession) and respond by excessively washing them (compulsion).

Despite knowing that such thoughts and behaviors are irrational, people with OCD often find it difficult to stop or control them.

Know that OCD is not a choice or a reflection of your personality, but rather a treatable neurological condition.

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OCD manifests in different ways

OCD is not just obsessive cleaning or hand washing. It is much more complex and may manifest in ways that people are unaware of.

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  • Fear of germs, dirt, illness, or contamination.
  • Compulsions include excessive handwashing, cleaning, or avoidance of perceived contaminants.
  • Obsession with fear of harming others, leaving doors unlocked, or causing accidents.
  • Compulsions involve repeatedly checking locks, appliances, or other items.
  • Need for things to be in a specific order or balanced.
  • Compulsions may include arranging items symmetrically or in a particular pattern.
  • Persistent difficulty discarding possessions, regardless of their value.
  • Living spaces become cluttered, and hoarding impacts daily functioning.
  • A sense of discomfort or incompleteness until things feel “just right.”
  • Compulsions involve arranging or rearranging items until a specific feeling is achieved.
  • Preoccupation with illness or fear of contamination leading to health problems.
  • Compulsions can involve frequent medical visits, excessive body checking, or online research.
  • Fear of bad luck, harm, or negative consequences if specific actions aren’t performed.
  • Compulsions include rituals or actions to prevent the feared outcomes.
  • Obsession with religious or moral concerns, often related to fear of sin or offending a higher power.
  • Compulsions involve prayer, confession, or seeking reassurance.
  • Need for things to be “perfect” or fear of making mistakes.
  • Compulsions can involve excessive editing, redoing tasks, or seeking constant reassurance.
  • Profound questioning about the meaning of life, existence, or philosophical concerns.
  • Compulsions may involve researching, analyzing, or seeking answers to existential questions.
  • Fear of causing harm to others due to negligence or accidental actions.
  • Compulsions include checking behaviors to prevent perceived harm.
  • Persistent doubts and fears about romantic relationships, causing anxiety and compulsive behaviors related to the relationship.
  • Skin Picking and Dermatillomania
    • Preoccupation with skin imperfections, blemishes, or perceived contaminants on the skin.
    • Compulsions involve repetitive picking, squeezing, or cleaning of the skin, leading to skin damage.
  •  Hair Pulling and Trichotillomania
    • Obsession with hair imperfections, such as split ends, texture irregularities, or perceived contaminants in the hair.
    • Compulsions include recurrent hair pulling, resulting in noticeable hair loss or bald patches.

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symptoms of OCD

If you or your child are experiencing the following symptoms, it may be time to seek therapy support for OCD

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how is OCD treated?

At Daisy + Co. Therapy, OCD is treated using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP treatment) during one on one sessions with our ERP Certified clinician, Lindsey Salerno

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Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy is a specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) widely used to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). ERP is considered one of the most effective psychological treatments for OCD and involves systematically exposing individuals to their obsessive thoughts and then preventing the compulsive behaviors or mental rituals that usually follow these thoughts.

 

Here’s how ERP therapy works:

Exposure

During the exposure phase, individuals are intentionally exposed to the situations, objects, thoughts, or images that trigger their obsessions. This exposure is done gradually, starting with less distressing triggers and progressing to more challenging ones.

Response Prevention

In this phase, individuals are discouraged from engaging in their usual compulsions or rituals that they perform to reduce the anxiety caused by their obsessions. By preventing these responses, individuals learn that their anxiety will naturally decrease over time without needing to perform the compulsions.

The goal of ERP therapy is to help individuals confront their fears and anxieties in a controlled and supportive environment. Through repeated exposure to triggers and prevention of rituals, individuals gradually learn that their fears are irrational and that they can tolerate the anxiety without resorting to compulsive behaviors. ERP therapy is guided by a trained therapist who helps design exposure exercises tailored to the individual’s specific obsessions and compulsions.

This therapy requires active participation and commitment from the individual, as facing anxiety-provoking situations can be challenging. However, over time, ERP helps individuals become desensitized to their triggers and experience a reduction in the intensity of their obsessions and compulsions.

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Who We Are

why work with daisy + co. therapy

Lauren Levy, Licensed Professional Counselor, Founder & Clinical Director at Daisy + Co. Therapy in Philadelphia. Works with individuals, parents, LGBTQ+, teens, and adults

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Licensed Professional Counselor
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In a world where looking after our minds is just as important as taking care of our bodies, OCD therapy at Daisy + Co. Therapy is all about real talk and real change.

We get that OCD throws its own set of curveballs, so we’ve set up a space that’s relaxing and welcoming for everyone, no matter where you’re at in your journey.

Here, it’s all about being yourself. We offer a place where you can tackle your OCD head-on, with no judgment. Our sessions are straight-up, helping you get a handle on things, and finding better ways to deal with those thoughts that don’t serve you.

Guided by a team of experienced therapists who themselves have navigated life’s ups and downs, we take gentle, thoughtful steps towards healing.

Healing. Growth. Connection.

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Our Approach

how OCD therapy works

We create a welcoming environment for you to express yourself freely

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connect

Our first session is used to understand the depth, triggers, and impact of your OCD symptoms.

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develop

Our plan will align with your specific needs and goals, evolving with you as we move through the process.

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maintain

We equip you with tools and coping strategies needed for long-term success.

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what you can expect from OCD therapy

We can’t guarantee any specific results or timeline to achieve them, but over time you may be able to anticipate a range of positive outcomes that reflect both emotional and physical progress, such as:

therapy can help you rediscover the joy of living free from OCD

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Who We Are

why work with daisy + co. therapy

We are ready to help you heal and we have what it takes to get you there. Our therapists are:

Radically Genuine

We are real people who do not take ourselves too seriously but also do not ignore the obvious need to provide qualified help to the kids, teens, and adults who want to build a connection that heals.

Open-Minded

We believe that play and exploration, even (especially) as adults, is an essential part of reconnecting to ourselves and our individual truths. Being open minded allows for growth in ways we never dreamed.

Curious

We get to know our clients through a genuine curiosity to understand them better and connect with them on their level. By asking the right questions, we can uncover answers that help you better understand yourself and the world around you. 

frequently asked questions

questions about OCD therapy

Those thoughts you’re experiencing are a hallmark of OCD. The brain can sometimes get stuck in a loop, making certain thoughts more persistent. However, there’s hope. Through specific therapeutic techniques, like Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), you can train your brain to react differently to these thoughts, thereby diminishing their power and influence over time.

As of now, there isn’t a magic button to instantly cure OCD. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it at full force forever. Through therapy, medications, and community support, many individuals find their symptoms becoming more manageable. Over time, with consistency and the right tools, your daily life can feel much more ‘normal’ and less dominated by OCD.

Breaking the cycle of repetitive behaviors can be tough, but it’s not impossible. Therapy is your ally here. In treatments like Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), you’re gently exposed to the thoughts or situations triggering your behaviors. With guidance and practice, you gradually learn to respond differently, eventually reducing the power these triggers have over you.

It’s essential to remember that while OCD thoughts might feel overpowering, they aren’t a true reflection of your character or desires. Everyone has random thoughts; however, in OCD, the brain might place undue emphasis on them, making them seem more significant than they are. These obsessions are just a symptom of OCD, not a measure of who you are as a person.

Absolutely! Therapy, particularly ERP, provides tools and strategies to confront and manage OCD symptoms. On the other hand, medications can help by adjusting certain chemical imbalances in the brain that might be contributing to your OCD. For many people, a combination of therapy and medication proves most effective, optimizing the chances for long-term symptom management and relief.

Yes, for ERP to be truly effective, it’s not just about what happens in the therapy room but also how you apply those learnings outside. Between sessions, you’ll likely have “homework” that involves exposure exercises. These are tasks that gently expose you to the very things that trigger your OCD. By repeatedly facing these triggers and refraining from compulsive behaviors, you start to build tolerance. This active involvement outside of therapy is pivotal in reinforcing what you learn during sessions and hastening your path to recovery.

The length of therapy varies greatly from person to person and is determined by a number of factors, including the severity of symptoms, how long someone has been dealing with OCD, their personal therapy goals, and how consistently they engage in therapeutic exercises outside of sessions. Some people may benefit from a few months of consistent therapy, while others may benefit from longer-term support over several years. It’s also worth noting that the frequency of sessions may decrease over time as a person learns and masters the skills necessary to manage their symptoms. Regular check-ins with the therapist can assist in determining the best duration and frequency of therapy for each individual’s needs.

The timeline for improvement when seeking treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can vary widely based on individual factors such as the severity of symptoms, the effectiveness of the chosen treatment, the individual’s commitment to therapy, and their unique response to interventions. However, it’s important to note that significant progress typically requires time and consistent effort.

Here’s a general overview:

  • Short-Term Progress: Some individuals may start to notice a reduction in anxiety and improved symptom management within a few weeks to a couple of months after starting therapy and/or medication.
  • Mid-Term Progress: As therapy sessions continue and individuals engage in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) exercises, many experience a gradual reduction in the intensity and frequency of their symptoms. This can take a few months to several months.
  • Long-Term Progress: Continued commitment to therapy and practice of ERP techniques over a span of several months to a year can lead to substantial improvement in symptom control and overall quality of life.
  • Maintenance: OCD is a chronic condition, and while significant progress is achievable, ongoing maintenance through therapy sessions, strategies learned in therapy, and potential medication may be necessary to prevent relapse and manage any residual symptoms.

It’s essential for individuals to approach treatment with patience and realistic expectations. The goal isn’t always complete elimination of symptoms, but rather developing effective coping mechanisms and learning to manage OCD’s impact on daily life. An experienced mental health professional can provide personalized insights into the expected timeline based on the individual’s specific circumstances.

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If you’re looking for an appointment, to get matched with a great fit therapist, or to schedule a free consultation with Daisy + Co. Therapy, reach out! You can submit an inquiry via our contact form, call or text us, or use the buttons below to book directly online.

*IMPORTANT*

Currently, Daisy + Co. Therapy does NOT have any therapists who accept insurance as payment for sessions. The one exception to this is for folks with Lyra Health benefits through their employer. Click the icon below for more information.

As an out-of-network provider, we've partnered with Mentaya to simplify reimbursement for your therapy sessions if you have insurance coverage that is eligible for this benefit.

To check how much you will get back for your Daisy + Co. therapy sessions if you start working with one of our therapists, use this benefits tracker provided by Mentaya:

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The whole process takes less than a minute and all you need on hand is your insurance member ID.

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