After a comprehensive treatment evaluation is complete, you and your therapist will design an appropriate treatment plan based on your diagnosis, symptom severity, treatment goals, and preferences. Your treatment plan will consist of what types of therapy you will engage in and the frequency and duration of treatment sessions. Treatment plans are reviewed periodically to determine whether or not goals are being met and changes will be made to the plan if necessary.
For milder symptoms, traditional individual therapy conducted on a weekly basis is generally recommended. Topics covered in these sessions include psycho-education, behavioral planning and skill building, exposure and response prevention, goal setting, and relapse prevention. These visits are generally conducted in the office but may involve therapy conducted in the home with a therapist or via videoconferencing technology. Weekly individual therapy sessions typically last 45 minutes.
Group therapy may be used as an adjunct to individual therapy or may provide a cost effective treatment for individuals who require less direct therapist support. Please check Upcoming Events for more info on specific groups that are currently available.
For individuals struggling with more moderate to severe symptoms, intensive treatment is often recommended as research indicates this is most effective for achieving the most rapid symptom reduction. Intensive programs will be customized according to individual need and may incorporate home-based, group, or family therapy as necessary. Sessions may be extended as needed and will typically occur 3-5 times weekly. Intensive programs may be brief, lasting a week or two or may be set up over a longer period depending on need. For out-of-town clients, hotel or home rental accommodations may be arranged.
Symptoms may occur or revolve around the home, or some individuals may have difficulty leaving the house. In these cases, home-based therapy is most effective. This may be combined with in-office, family, or group therapy as needed.
We often use video-conferencing technology for remote clients who may reside in other states or countries. Research indicates that CBT implemented in this way is as effective as face-to-face treatment.
The neuropsychological assessment services offered at Cape CBI are designed to facilitate understanding of how individuals function and learn by using reliable neuropsychological, educational, and psychodiagnostic tests. An evaluation is most helpful when a learning disability, developmental delay, intellectual disability, or other cognitive problem (e.g., difficulty with memory, attention, or executive functioning skills, such as organization or planning) is suspected. A comprehensive evaluation may also be helpful for individuals struggling with behavioral, social or emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.) that seem to be interfering with social, cognitive, or academic functioning. Such evaluations may offer diagnostic clarity and related treatment recommendations.
Live OCD Free App
Created by Dr. Kristen Mulcahy, Live OCD Free is very often recommended as an adjunct to therapy. This tool, by increasing motivation and consistency, can help make treatment more effective and more efficient. For those with mild OCD symptoms who are looking for a self-help tool, Live OCD Free may be recommended. The comprehensive User’s Guide allows users to create an ERP program independently or with minimal assistance from a therapist. This is a good alternative for those who cannot afford ongoing treatment with a professional. For more information, please visit www.LiveOCDFree.com.
Our bi-monthly OCD Support Group meets in both Falmouth and Hyannis. It is a professionally led FREE group open to OCD sufferers and their loved ones.