Specializing in the Treatment of
OCD and Related Conditions

 

Therapy / Support Groups For OCD And Related Conditions

In addition to individual therapy, the OCD Center of Los Angeles currently offers five low-fee therapy / support groups for adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related anxiety-based conditions. These therapy/support groups are open to individuals with the following conditions:

Research has shown that structured, group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be extremely helpful in the treatment of these conditions. Quite often, people with these issues feel extremely isolated due to the secretive nature of their disorders, and have never met another person suffering with similar anxiety symptoms. Our groups provide a safe and supportive environment in which people can actively address their symptoms with others who are also working to overcome similar issues. Group sessions include individual members tackling specific symptoms that have been particularly problematic. Group members discover that trying new, more productive coping strategies is often easier with the support of other group members who know just how difficult it is to face one’s fears.

Group Therapy for OCD and AnxietyOf our weekly therapy / support groups for adults, three are for individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other related anxiety disorders, one is specifically for adults with Social Anxiety / Social Phobia, and one is exclusively for adults with Dermatillomania (Skin Picking Disorder) and Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder). Please note that all of our weekly groups are open only to adults over the age of 18, and participation requires assessment prior to admission. Below is information on each of these groups.

Saturday Morning Therapy / Support Group for Adults with OCD

The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers a weekly low-fee therapy group every Saturday morning specifically for adults with various types of OCD, including Pure Obsessional OCD (Pure O), Harm OCD, HOCD, POCD, Scrupulosity OCD, and Postpartum OCD. This group provides a structured format focusing on highly specialized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. CBT has been extensively researched, and has consistently been found to be the most effective treatment for most anxiety conditions. CBT techniques used in this group include Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Imaginal Exposure, Cognitive Restructuring, Meta-Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Based CBT. The primary goal of this group is to provide specialized CBT in an inexpensive group format.

Group sessions are held every Saturday morning from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at our offices in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. The group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by one of our professional staff therapists, Elena Fasan, MSW. Meetings are open only to adults over the age of 18, and participation requires assessment prior to admission. For more information, please contact the OCD Center of Los Angeles at (310) 824-5200 (ext. 4), or click here to email us. To learn more about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of OCD and related conditions, click here.

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Tuesday Night Therapy / Support Group for Adults with OCD

The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers a weekly low-fee therapy / support group every Tuesday evening specifically for adults with various types of OCD, including Pure Obsessional OCD (Pure O), Harm OCD, HOCD, POCD, Scrupulosity OCD, and Postpartum OCD. This group provides a structured format focusing on highly specialized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. CBT has been extensively researched, and has consistently been found to be the most effective treatment for most anxiety conditions. CBT techniques used in this group include Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Imaginal Exposure, Cognitive Restructuring, Meta-Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Based CBT. The primary goal of this group is to provide specialized CBT in an inexpensive group format.  

Group sessions are held each Tuesday evening from 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm in our offices in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. The group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by one of our professional staff therapists, Sara Galgalo, MA. Meetings are open only to adults over the age of 18, and participation requires assessment prior to admission. For more information, please contact the OCD Center of Los Angeles at (310) 824-5200 (ext. 4), or click here to email us. To learn more about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of OCD and related conditions, click here.

Wednesday Night Therapy / Support Group for Adults with OCD – one opening

The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers a weekly low-fee therapy / support group every Wednesday evening specifically for adults with various types of OCD, including Pure Obsessional OCD (Pure O), Harm OCD, HOCD, POCD, Scrupulosity OCD, and Postpartum OCD. This group provides a structured format focusing on highly specialized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. CBT has been extensively researched, and has consistently been found to be the most effective treatment for most anxiety conditions. CBT techniques used in this group include Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Imaginal Exposure, Cognitive Restructuring, Meta-Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Based CBT. The primary goal of this group is to provide specialized CBT in an inexpensive group format.  

Group sessions are held each Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in our offices in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. The group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by one of our professional staff therapists, Sheva Rajaee, MMFT. Meetings are open only to adults over the age of 18, and participation requires assessment prior to admission. For more information about participation in this group, please contact the OCD Center of Los Angeles at (310) 824-5200 (ext. 4), or click here to email us. To learn more about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of OCD and related conditions, click here.

Wednesday Night Therapy / Support Group for Adults with Social Anxiety / Social Phobia

The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers a weekly, low-fee therapy / support group every Wednesday evening specifically for adults with Social Anxiety / Social Phobia. This group provides structured Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which has consistently been found by researchers to be the most effective treatment for Social Anxiety / Social Phobia. CBT techniques used in this group include Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Imaginal Exposure, Cognitive Restructuring, Meta-Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Based CBT. The main goal of this group is to provide an inexpensive format in which clients can learn to address their specific social fears with less anxiety.

Our Wednesday evening Social Anxiety therapy / support group meets from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Los Angeles at our Brentwood offices. This group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by one of our licensed staff therapists, Elizabeth Kassel, LCSW. Meetings are open only to adults over the age of 18, and participation requires assessment prior to admission. For more information about participation in this group, please contact the OCD Center of Los Angeles at (310) 824-5200 (ext. 4), or click here to email us. To learn more about Social Anxiety / Social Phobia, click here. To learn more about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Social Anxiety, OCD and related conditions, click here.

Saturday Afternoon Therapy / Support Group for Adults with Trichotillomania and/or Skin Picking Disorder

The OCD Center offers a weekly low-fee group specifically for adults with Trichotillomania and/or Skin Picking Disorder, also known as Dermatillomania. This group focuses on providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) combined with peer support. Meetings are held at our offices in Brentwood from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm each Saturday afternoon. In order to facilitate open communication and group cohesion, the group is limited to a maximum of eight (8) members.

Many individuals secretly suffer with Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania. Both conditions are characterized by recurrent, compulsive self-damaging behaviors, and both have been resistant to improvement with traditional psychotherapy. However, both conditions respond very well to a specific type of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy called “Habit Reversal Training” (HRT). This therapy has been repeatedly researched, and has consistently been found to be the most effective treatment for these and other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) such as nail biting and cheek biting. Our weekly group focuses on HRT, Cognitive Restructuring, and Mindfulness-Based CBT, three treatment modalities that have been found to be particularly effective with Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania.

This group is led by one of our professional staff therapists, Lauren McMeikan, MA. Meetings are open only to adults over the age of 18, and participation requires assessment prior to admission. For more information about participation in this group, please contact the OCD Center of Los Angeles at (310) 824-5200 (ext. 4), or click here to email us. To learn more about Trichotillomania, click here. To learn more about Skin Picking Disorder, click here.

Click here to email the OCD Center
or call us at 310 824-5200

Assessment for Group Therapy Participation

All groups are exclusively for adults over the age of 18, and all groups require an assessment prior to admission and participation. Assessment does not guarantee admission to any group. The goal of our group therapy assessment process is to provide an accurate diagnosis, to explain group processes and procedures, and to discern whether or not the individual being assessed is an appropriate candidate for participation in group therapy at OCDLA. We reserve the right to restrict and limit participation in all therapy groups we offer.

Intensive Treatment Group Participation

The OCD Center of Los Angeles also offers intensive treatment for adults, adolescents, and children. This program is designed to meet the needs of those for whom standard outpatient treatment is either unavailable or insufficient. Our intensive outpatient program is ideal for clients from other states or countries who cannot find effective treatment near to their homes, and for those whose symptoms require a more rigorous treatment protocol. Adults in any of our intensive treatment programs for one month or more have the option of participating in one of our weekly therapy /support groups for OCD and related conditions

The OCD Center of Los Angeles is a private outpatient treatment center specializing in the treatment of OCD and related anxiety based conditions. We have ten therapists on staff, all of whom specialize in treating these conditions. We treat adults, adolescents, and children, and offer services six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays. While all of our groups are held at our Brentwood office, we have offices at four locations throughout Southern California:

  • Brentwood
  • Woodland Hills
  • Orange County
  • Santa Barbara

If you would like more information regarding our any of our weekly therapy / support groups , or would like to discuss individual therapy, online therapy, or intensive treatment at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, please call one of our client coordinators at (310) 824-5200 (ext. 4), or click here to email us.