Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for OCD
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the gold standard treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I am so passionate about the positive impact of ERP that I work with both adults and children to implement this approach to manage their OCD. ERP involves creating a hierarchy of manageable steps to confronting your OCD and resisting the compulsions that come along with it. Children are often very resistant to ERP exercises (for some very understandable developmental reasons), and so doing some good psycho-education with them and making ERP exercises either fun or motivating is critical to helping children with OCD gain freedom from their OCD dictator. I work with parents first to establish a positive reward system for confronting OCD, and then I work with kids with their parents present to help them understand how their OCD operates and what they can do to vanquish it and get on with doing the things they want to do in their lives!