I am passionate about working with clients with OCD and other similar anxiety conditions. My therapeutic approach for OCD is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention (often with homework exposure exercises done gradually), Mindfulness and Relaxation exercises and Narrative Therapy to separate the client’s identity from their OCD. Separating one’s identity from the OCD allows the individual to decrease shame regarding their symptoms and feel more empowered to work toward their recovery. Depending on the client, their age, and their unique situation, I sometimes incorporate occasional couple’s, family or parent-child sessions as needed. The purpose of these sessions is to educate the client’s loved ones about OCD, teach them how to support the client’s recovery and compassionately set limits regarding their involvement in the OCD rituals, and help the client work with their partner or family as a team against the OCD rather than allowing the OCD to become an ongoing source of conflict or avoidance in the relationship.