Welcome to OCD North!

Your Experts in OCD Treatment

Creating a community that values inclusivity and strives to empower and motivate others in a safe environment where individuals and families can feel supported, understood, and hopeful about overcoming OCD.

OCD North COVID-19 Guidelines for Essential In-Person Treatment

Therapists, staff, and clients are required to wear a mask at all times, while in the OCD North building. Exceptions to this rule include when a therapist is in their dedicated work space, alone, with the door closed, or in a video session in their dedicated work space, alone, with the door closed. We continue to disinfect all high touch surfaces including: doorknobs, handrails, toilet seats and taps.

Exposure & Response Prevention

ERP is the process of overcoming OCD. Learn more about why it's such an effective way to treat OCD.

Paediatric OCD Treatment & Therapy

Up to 3% of children experience OCD. If left untreated, research indicates it will become a lifelong disorder.

Individual OCD Treatment & Therapy

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an experience that affects 1-2% of the population, or up to 1 in 100 adults.

Do You or Somebody You Know Have OCD?

Common OCD Signs & Symptoms in Adults

Recurring and distressing thoughts, images, or urges Despite best efforts to rid one's self of these thoughts they do not go away. Adults will try to neutralize these thoughts through mental or behavioural acts that make the distress go away. The problem with compulsions is that they do not work very well or for very long before the distress returns.

OCD Obsessions
People with OCD have repetitive and distressing fears or urges they can’t control. These obsessive thoughts cause intense anxiety.
OCD Compulsions
To control obsessions and anxiety, people with OCD turn to certain behaviors, rituals or routines. They do so repeatedly. Compulsions only help temporarily, though.
Other OCD Signs & Symptoms
Repetitive Rituals
Obsessive Need for Order
Obsessions About Dirt
Nonsensical Doubts
Checking Compulsions
Excessive List Making

Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP).

Together with your therapist, you’ll face your fear in-real life or through your imagination. Your exposure might take place in clinic, at home, or in the community.

How does it feel to jump into a really cold swimming pool? It’s really cold at first, but before long you've forgotten how cold it was when you got in. Or consider watching your favourite scary movie over and over again. You may leave the lights on after that first viewing but eventually, the movie loses its “fear factor.”

When fearful situations are confronted while preventing all maladaptive safety behaviours, the brain learns a new, more adaptive response to that situation. This process is called habituation or inhibitory learning, and it’s really cool. That is the basis for ERP.

OCD recovery is possible through Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) treatment! At OCD North, we use ERP treatment to help you overcome OCD for one main reason – it works.

ERP treatment is the gold standard treatment in OCD therapy (making it one of the most effective mental health treatments around!), and our clinicians trust this treatment practice to help our clients overcome OCD every. single. day.

It’s almost impossible to face your fear alone, but only you can confront the OCD fear.

Think of driving: you’re in the driver’s seat and your ERP therapist is in the passenger seat.
You’re in control of the wheel and the only person that can maneuver the car, stop and go, and control the volume of the radio. In the passenger seat, your ERP therapist guides you down the dark and bumpy roads, helping you to correct your path, all the while encouraging you to confront the thing that is most fearful.

Meet The OCD North Team.

Located in Barrie, Ontario, our team is a growing group of committed individuals from a wide range of different backgrounds. We were brought together by our passion to provide the best treatment available for our clients.

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Merrisa Bragg

Founder

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Shaina Charles

Clinician

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Heather Armstrong

Clinician

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Melissa Walker

Clinician

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Monique Obeng

Clinician

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Teresa Harris

Clinician

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Sarah Bryson

Clinician

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