OCD is a condition that is extremely treatable when it is recognized and handled appropriately. Unfortunately, even though it is a very common disorder, it is also extremely complex and presents in a wide variety of symptoms. Even experienced therapists and doctors may not recognize or understand the sometimes subtle and often debilitating manifestations of OCD.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder involves much more than the hand-washing, counting, and tapping rituals that are most frequently portrayed in the media. Compulsions come in four varieties: rituals, reassurance seeking, avoidance, and mental rituals. The related disorders can be seen as employing different types of compulsions in order to get rid of different kinds of discomfort including obsessions. This often makes OCD and the related disorders difficult to diagnose and especially to treat without specific training in the field.
Melissa Mose, LMFT is a graduate of the International OCD Foundation’s Behavioral Therapy Training Institute and has had extensive experience treating OCD, starting with her work at the OCD Center of Los Angeles and continuing in her private practice in Calabasas. She provides highly specialized individual and group therapy for OCD and related disorders including: