What to Look for in a Therapist
From the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Website

Finding a therapist who can diagnose and effectively treat OCD is a challenge to many patients and families.

Tips for Interviewing Therapists
Some therapists are better at treating OCD than others. It is important to interview therapists to find out if they know how to do Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy well. Their responses to your questions are a good guide to what you want to know about a new therapist. Here are some things to keep in mind: What Should I Ask?
The following checklist can help guide your search for the right therapist.

"What techniques do you use to treat OCD?"
If the therapist is vague, or does not mention cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) or Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), use caution.

"Do you use Exposure and Response Prevention to treat OCD?"
Be cautious of therapists who say they use CBT, but won't be more specific.

"What is your training and background in treating OCD?"
If they say they went to a CBT psychology graduate program or did a post-doctoral fellowship in CBT, it is a good sign. Another positive is if a therapist says they are a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) or the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists (ABCT). Also, look for therapists who say they have attended specialized workshops or trainings offered by the IOCDF, like the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) or Annual Conference.

"How much of your practice currently involves anxiety disorders?"
"Do you feel that you have been effective in your treatment of OCD?"
"What is your attitude towards medicine in the treatment of OCD?"

If they are negative about medicine, this is a bad sign. Medicine is an effective treatment for OCD.

"Are you willing to leave your office if needed to do behavior therapy?"
It is sometimes necessary to go out of the office to do effective ERP.

Are There More Intensive Therapy Options Available?
Yes. If you or a loved one has tried traditional outpatient therapy and would like to try a more intensive level of care, there are options. The following lists therapy options from least intensive to most intensive: