Welcome to OCD North!
Our clinicians are OCD and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) specialists. We understand OCD as it manifests in the paediatric and adult populations, families, schools, and the workplace. We utilize ERP to break the cycle of OCD individually and systemically to help you achieve your goals.
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.
*Our services are offered in-person and through a secure and privacy-compliant video platform.
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 & 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.
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.
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.
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.