Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of WNC

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce discomfort, worry, or fear (obsessions), and/or urges to perform repetitive, often unusual behaviors (compulsions). The CBT Center of WNC offers an intensive outpatient program for adults with OCD to receive treatment for the life-interfering and often debilitating symptoms associated with this condition.

Our program uses the gold standard for the treatment of OCD called exposure and response prevention, or ERP. ERP is a two-part method. The first part, exposure, involves consistently exposing individuals to the content of their obsessions for a specific length of time, either imaginally (through their imagination) or in vivo (having the patient face their fears in real life). The second part, response prevention, involves preventing the repetitive behaviors associated with the obsessions from occurring. ERP has been shown in an overwhelming number of research studies to significantly reduce obsessions and compulsions in patients with OCD, and often times it is more effective than medication alone.

The active treatment phase of our IOP (after phone screening, an initial assessment to determine eligibility, and a first individual session with the Program Director Dr. Haley Elder) consists of 3 hours/day, 3 days/week for approximately 3 weeks, with the option of adding additional weeks of treatment depending on each client’s progress. The primary bulk of the program involves brief group work with participating clients involving goal-setting, review of homework from the previous treatment day, psycho-education surrounding symptoms, and didactics with the majority of daily session time being spent engaged in either individual or group ERP with behavioral coaches or licensed staff therapists. There is a biweekly group for loved ones of those currently participating, which will allow opportunities for education and support. Lastly, a medication and nutrition consultation is provided by Dr. Signi Goldman, the Medical Director of our program.

For more information or to enroll in our program, please contact IOP Program Director Dr. Haley Elder at 828-350-1177;111.

Note: Out-of-town patients who meet program eligibility requirements are welcome to participate in the program. However, they are responsible for their own accommodations.

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