OCD Therapists in Boston

The following therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists are some of the best OCD therapists in the Greater Boston Area. They specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and have practices in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and Belmont, Massachusetts.

OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive, unwelcome thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors that someone does to mitigate their anxiety (compulsions). The main treatment for OCD is exposure and response prevention (ERP). Most therapists in Boston with extensive training in ERP don’t accept insurance; however, clients may be able to receive potential reimbursement from their insurance company.

In Boston, therapy sessions can range from $150 to $350 for 45 to 60 minute ongoing sessions. While most therapists focus on treatment for adults, some offer services for children, adolescents, and young adults as well.

Find obsessive compulsive disorder therapists below, as well as local resources for OCD treatment in the Greater Boston Area.

OCD Therapists in Boston

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How to find a therapist for OCD treatment in Boston

How much does therapy for OCD cost in Boston?

Therapy sessions for obsessive compulsive disorder in the Greater Boston Area can range from $150 to $500 for the initial session, and $150 - $350 for ongoing sessions. Appointments with counselors, social workers, and psychologists tend to be on the lower end of the range, and psychiatrists tend to be on the higher end of the range. Most therapists in the Greater Boston Area who have extensive training in exposure and response prevention don’t accept insurance; however, clients may receive potential reimbursement from their insurance company through their out-of-network benefits, and therapists can provide relevant paperwork for this process.

Therapy sessions for OCD are usually from 45 - 60 minutes long. While most therapists focus on treatment for adults, some offer services for children, adolescents, and young adults as well.

What should I look for in a therapist for OCD?

When looking for an OCD therapist, make sure that your potential therapist has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and specifically Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

A well-trained OCD therapist also will first conduct a thorough background intake, and assessment of all your symptoms.

OCD diagnosis and treatment

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive, unwelcome thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors that someone does to mitigate their anxiety (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions can cause distress and interfere with daily routine, work, social life, or general well-being. OCD typically involves both obsessions and compulsions, but it is also possible to have only obsessions or only compulsions. The DSM-5 defines OCD as the presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both. Seeking treatment for OCD can help reduce unwanted thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions. 

What are symptoms of OCD?

OCD obsession symptoms may include repeated and unwanted thoughts or urges that interrupt and interfere with daily activities. These obsessions can cause anxiety and can be difficult to ignore. OCD compulsion symptoms may include consistent behaviors that are performed in order to reduce anxiety, get rid of obsessions and/or prevent something bad from happening. At times, the compulsions may only offer a temporary relief from anxiety.

What are causes of OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can occur at any age. There is no definite cause for OCD, however, genetics, biology, and the environment can all play a role. The brain may function differently or have changes in its natural chemistry. Having family members who have OCD can increase the risk of someone developing OCD. And experiencing trauma or stress can also lead to obsessions and/or compulsions.

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What are treatment options for obsessive compulsive disorder?

The main treatment for OCD is exposure and response prevention (ERP), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In ERP, the client confronts the things things that make them anxious in a stepwise procedure with a therapist and chooses to not perform the often related compulsions until their anxiety decreases.

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Resources for OCD treatment in Boston

What OCD treatment centers and research studies are available in Boston?

In the Greater Boston Area, local treatment and support centers include McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Boston University Center for Anxiety.

These centers use evidence-based treatments in order to provide the best care for their patients. At McLean Hospital, treatment is accepted by most health insurances. Their adult program is for individuals ages 18 and older, and they also have a program for children and adolescents, ages 10 to 18. At McLean Hospital, the average length of stay for adult residents is between 30 and 90 days, and for junior residents, the average length of stay can range from 2 to 8 weeks.

Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University continues to conduct new research that examines the causes, consequences, and treatments for OCD. They accept participants to enroll in their research studies to help advance current knowledge about OCD.

What OCD support group resources are available in Boston?

Group therapy sessions and support groups can be another great resource for those with OCD. McLean Hospital offers a support group that meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7:00 - 8:00pm. There is also an OCD support group located in Cambridge that meets at the Cambridge Friends Meeting House on the first and third Mondays of each month, from 7:00 - 8:30pm, except in the months of July and August, as well as holidays. 

What local OCD advocacy initiatives are available in Boston?

In addition to local treatment and support centers, every year, the Greater Boston Area joins together for their annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk located at Jamaica Pond. During the walk, people can share their stories, help raise awareness, and help eliminate the stigma surrounding OCD. This walk helps raise money for the International OCD Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that helps support those with OCD across the globe, and is another resource for finding events and OCD treatment centers in different areas of the world.