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OCD Treatment That Works!

ERP has a strong and consistent record of success when used within a specialist clinic (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.

Intro

Discover the services provided by OCD North.

Exposure & Response Prevention
Paediatric OCD Treatment & Therapy
Individual OCD Treatment & Therapy

What is ERP Treatment for OCD?

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP or Ex/RP) is the evidence-based, gold-standard treatment of choice for OCD. Through ERP, individuals develop the tools and skills that equip them to confront OCD fears and intentionally remain in situations or states that cause distress without doing any compulsions or rituals.

Exposure
An exposure involves confronting obsessions (including thoughts, images, objects and situations) that are distressing and cause anxiety. Exposures can be done in real life and using our imagination.
Response Prevention
Response Prevention is the act of intentionally refraining from compulsions or rituals in response to an obsession.

We Treat Children & Adults

Treatment is available for all those who exhibit OCD symptoms, whether symptoms are mild or severe, and appointments are typically scheduled once a week but can be increased in frequency when needed and if available.

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.

The ERP Process
and Why it Works

The focus of ERP is to stop the OCD cycle, which includes an obsession followed by a compulsion that temporarily decreases stress but starts the cycle over. Exposure and response prevention therapy for OCD helps one gain mastery over the disorder by learning that anxiety does not stay high forever and can be tolerated.

ERP is a method of therapy used to change the cycles in OCD by reducing anxiety caused by obsessions.

ERP works in consistently reducing OCD symptoms.

Research indicates that success rates are dependent on the therapist.

What does the ERP Treatment Process
look like?

The ERP treatment process will be unique to each individual. However, the following is a general timeline.

1
Assessment Phase
With 1-3 sessions, you and your therapist will collaborate together to practice exposures and response prevention, review homework, process learning, and develop skills that will help gain mastery over OCD.
3
The Discharge Session
You and your therapist will collaborate to create a list of tools that have helped you gain mastery over OCD, as well as outline signs to look out for indicating that you may need further support. This session is a celebration of gains made in treatment!
2
The Treatment Phase
With 17-22 sessions, you and your therapist will collaborate together to practice exposures and response prevention, review homework, process learning, and develop skills that will help treat your OCD.
4
Booster Sessions
Your therapist recognizes conquering OCD is a journey and there can be times when implementing your tools becomes difficult. OCD North offers Booster sessions to previous clients looking for a boost in getting back on top of OCD.

What does the ERP Treatment Process
look like?

The ERP treatment process will be unique to each individual. However, the following is a general timeline.

1
Assessment Phase
With 1-3 sessions, you and your therapist will collaborate together to practice exposures and response prevention, review homework, process learning, and develop skills that will help gain mastery over OCD.
3
The Discharge Session
You and your therapist will collaborate to create a list of tools that have helped you gain mastery over OCD, as well as outline signs to look out for indicating that you may need further support. This session is a celebration of gains made in treatment!
2
The Treatment Phase
With 17-22 sessions, you and your therapist will collaborate together to practice exposures and response prevention, review homework, process learning, and develop skills that will help treat your OCD.
4
Booster Sessions
Your therapist recognizes conquering OCD is a journey and there can be times when implementing your tools becomes difficult. OCD North offers Booster sessions to previous clients looking for a boost in getting back on top of OCD.
1
Assessment Phase
With 1-3 sessions, you and your therapist will collaborate together to practice exposures and response prevention, review homework, process learning, and develop skills that will help gain mastery over OCD.
2
The Treatment Phase
With 17-22 sessions, you and your therapist will collaborate together to practice exposures and response prevention, review homework, process learning, and develop skills that will help treat your OCD.
3
The Discharge Session
You and your therapist will collaborate to create a list of tools that have helped you gain mastery over OCD, as well as outline signs to look out for indicating that you may need further support. This session is a celebration of gains made in treatment!
4
Booster Sessions
Your therapist recognizes conquering OCD is a journey and there can be times when implementing your tools becomes difficult. OCD North offers Booster sessions to previous clients looking for a boost in getting back on top of OCD.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Treatment?
ERP is a short-term, intensive treatment for OCD. Treatment length will vary across individuals, but research reports an average 17 to 22 treatment sessions, meeting no less than 1x a week (approximately 4 months). Treatment is individualized, and your therapist will discuss with you recommendations after the assessment.
What is the Cost Per Session?
Our rates range between $200 and $225 per session. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please talk to us about Payment Plans!
Are you covered under OHIP or insurance?
All clinicians at OCD North are Masters level, Registered Social Workers (RSW) and covered under most extended health care plans. Did you know: You can claim social work services under the medical expense tax credit?
Do I need a referral to access services?
No! You can book an appointment online, by email, or phone, whenever you’re ready to begin conquering OCD!
I’m confused about how ERP will work for my symptoms. Can you Explain?
Exposure and Response Prevention has demonstrated effectiveness across all symptom subtypes. Give us a call, and we’ll happily explain how ERP can work for your symptoms!
How Frequency are sessions?
Your therapist will offer recommendations on the frequency of sessions after the assessment phase. 1-2 sessions a week should be expected, in addition to complimentary phone call check ins.
How involved are family members?
Overcoming OCD is a family affair, and so families are welcome to be a part of the process and work with the therapist according to what is desired by the individual in treatment. However; this is not mandatory - it is ultimately the decision of the individual in treatment.
Is there a waitlist? How long is it?
OCD North has made accessible, timely treatment a priority. On average, you are scheduled for a session within 2 weeks of initial contact with the Clinic.
What is your intake process?
A complimentary 15-minute phone consultation is available to anyone looking to inquire further about treatment. If individuals are interested in starting treatment without a consultation, they are welcome to call, email, or book online for an initial assessment with an available clinician
Are you offering in-person services?
Yes! Currently only offered in Barrie, Ontario, three of our clinicians offer in-person services. Virtual treatment across Canada is available.