Client Guides & General Information
Handouts, Resources, & Guidelines for Clients
- Exposure-based treatment can seem deceptively simple. Practicing exposure effectively can be more complex. We provide some guidelines below to help you learn to use this practice effectively. Guidelines for Exposure
- Telehealth Sessions:
- Telehealth sessions offered on a case-by-case basis depending on treatment needs, treatment adherence, and location. Should you have more questions about telehealth sessions or how to join your telehealth session using our HIPPA compliant software, see the following handout: Telehealth Sessions
General Evidence-based Treatment Resources
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, information about CBT and evidenced-based treatments for a variety of disorders, here.
Resources for OCD
The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), provides information about treatments, medication, and OCD.
- Abramowitz, J. (2009). Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life
- Chansky, T. (2001). Freeing your child from obsessive-compulsive disorder: A powerful, practical program for parents of children and adolescents.
- Foa, E.B., & Andrews, L.W. (2006). If your adolescent has an anxiety disorder: An essential resource for parents.
- Freeman, J.B., & Garcia, A.M. (2009). Family-based treatment for young children with OCD (workbook).
- Hyman, B, Pedrick, C (2010)The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Pedrick, C., Landsman, K, & Parrish K. (2005). Loving Someone With OCD
- Rapee, R.M., Spence, S.H., Cobham, V., Wignall, A., & Lyneham, H. (2008). Helping your anxious child: A step-by-step guide for parents
For Family Members
Having a family member experience significant distress is distressing for the whole family. Often our natural responses to our family member’s distress reduce anxiety in the short term but exacerbate anxiety in the long run.
Accommodation of anxiety/distress in loved ones is a natural loving response of parents and family members but it must be addressed to reduce anxiety.
Success in treatment depends on both clients and their family members being willing to reduce and then stop behaviors that feed anxiety.
We have collected some resources below that you may also find useful in helping you to reduce accommodations for your loved one.
From the International OCD Foundation iocdf.org:
- Families and OCD: https://iocdf.org/families/
- For Parents & Families: https://kids.iocdf.org/for-parents/
- Managing OCD in Your Household: https://kids.iocdf.org/for-parents/managing-ocd-in-your-household/
- How Do I Talk to My Teen about OCD: https://kids.iocdf.org/for-parents/how-do-i-talk-to-my-teen-about-ocd/
- Finding a Support Group for Yourself: https://iocdf.org/ocd-finding-help/supportgroups/
- Understanding Effective Therapeutic Treatment of OCD – Exposure and Response Prevention: https://iocdf.org/about-ocd/ocd-treatment/erp/
- From the International OCD Foundation (iocdf.org) on the effectiveness of ‘talk therapy’ etc. for treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders:
- Traditional talk therapy (or psychotherapy) tries to improve a psychological condition by helping the patient gain “insight” into their problems. Talk therapy can be a very valuable treatment for some disorders, but it has not been shown to be effective at treating the active symptoms of OCD.
- While talk therapy may be of benefit at some point in an OCD patient’s recovery, it is important to try ERP or medication first, as these are the types of treatment that have been shown through extensive research to be the most effective for treating OCD.”
- The Role of Medication in Treating OCD: https://kids.iocdf.org/what-is-ocd-kids/how-is-ocd-treated/medication-for-pediatric-ocd/
- Books and Media you may find helpful: https://iocdf.org/books/