Serving the community since 1999

Specializing in OCD and related conditions

Three Locations in Southern California:

Los Angeles • Woodland Hills
Newport Beach

Specializing in the Treatment of
OCD and Related Conditions

 

OCD Therapy / Support Groups


In addition to individual therapy, we offer seven 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, two are exclusively for adults with Dermatillomania (Skin Picking Disorder) and Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), and one is specifically for adults with Social Anxiety / Social Phobia. 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.


NEW 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 online via webcam each Tuesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by one of our professional staff therapists, Lindsay Entwistle, 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.


Thursday Evening Online Therapy/Support Group For Adults with Dermatillomania and Trichotillomania

The OCD Center offers a weekly low-fee group specifically for adults with Dermatillomania, Trichotillomania, or other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs). This group meets online via webcam and is open exclusively to adults over the age of 18 who reside in California

This group focuses on providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) combined with peer support, and meets each Thursday evening from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. In order to facilitate open communication and group cohesion, the group is limited to a maximum of eight (8) members. You can click here to learn more about this group

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

This group is led by one of our professional staff therapists, Chanel Taghdis, MA. Meetings are open exclusively to adults over the age of 18 who reside in California, and participation will require an 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 or click here to email us. To learn more about Trichotillomania, click here. To learn more about Dermatillomania/Skin Picking Disorder, click here.


Thursday Night Online Therapy / Support Group for Adults with OCD

Each Thursday evening, we offer a low-fee, online OCD therapy group for adults living anywhere in the state of California.

All of our weekly groups normally meet in-person at our offices in Los Angeles. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, all of our groups have been meeting online via webcam since March 2020.

And because of the success of these online groups, we decided to start a dedicated online group that is open to anyone in the entire state.

This group is specifically for adults with various types of OCD, including Pure Obsessional OCD (Pure O), Harm OCD, HOCD, ROCD, 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 repeatedly and 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, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Based CBT. The primary goal of this group is to provide specialized CBT in an inexpensive group format.

Group sessions will be held online via webcam each Thursday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Pacific time, starting March 3, 2022. The group will be limited to eight (8) members, and will be led by one of our professional staff therapists, Naz Naghshbandi, MA. Meetings are open only to residents of California 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 Online Therapy / Support Group for Adults with OCD

Each Wednesday evening, we offer a low-fee, online OCD therapy group for adults living anywhere in the state of California.

This group is specifically for adults with various types of OCD, including Pure Obsessional OCD (Pure O), Harm OCD, HOCD, ROCD, 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 repeatedly and 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, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Based CBT. The primary goal of this group is to provide specialized CBT in an inexpensive group format.

Group sessions are held online via webcam each Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Pacific time. The group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by one of our licensed staff therapists, Mary Sponaugle, MFT. 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 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 is hosted online via webcam from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. This group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by one of our professional staff therapists, Daniel Safavi, 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 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.


Wednesday Night Therapy / Support Group for Adults with OCD

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 online via webcam each Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by one of our licensed staff therapists, Sara Galgalo, MFT. 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.


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 online via webcam each Tuesday evening from 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm. The group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by one of our professional staff therapists, Lena Sabuncu, 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.


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 online via webcam each Saturday morning from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. The group is limited to eight (8) members, and is led by our clinical director, Laura Yocum, MFT. 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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Assessment for Group Therapy Participation

All of our groups are exclusively for adults over the age of 18, and all groups require an assessment prior to admission and participation. The goals of our group therapy assessment are three-fold:

  • To make an accurate diagnosis.
  • To explain group processes and procedures.
  • To discern whether or not the individual being assessed is an appropriate candidate for participation in group therapy at OCDLA.

Please note that having an assessment does not guarantee admission to any group. A group assessment allows us to ascertain if there is any reason that we believe a prospective group member would not be a good fit for participation in one of our groups. We reserve the right to restrict and limit participation in all therapy groups that 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

About the OCD Center of Los Angeles

The OCD Center of Los Angeles is a private outpatient treatment center specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of OCD and related conditions. We have 14 therapists on staff, all of whom are either licensed or registered, and all of whom specialize in CBT.  We treat adults, adolescents, and children, and offer services six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays.

We have offices at three locations in Southern California:

  • Los Angeles – Brentwood
  • San Fernando Valley – Woodland Hills
  • Orange County – Newport Beach

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.

    

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