Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
When struggling with OCD and considering treatment, it is very important to choose a therapist who is training and experienced in working in this area. Engaging in a treatment that is not evidence-based can actually make OCD worse. Our OCD Program provides specialized ‘gold standard’ treatment for OCD and related conditions. We offer the following services
- Diagnostic evaluation and opinion
- CBT formulation-based assessment
- Individualized treatment plans
- Evidence-based therapies: cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), exposure with response prevention (ERP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Out-of-office exposures via virtual therapy
- Maintenance therapy and relapse prevention
- Psychoeducation for family members
- Supervision and training for early career psychologists
Whether you are considering active treatment, or maintenance treatment, we will tailor a treatment plan for you to target your personal battle with OCD.
Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs)
There has been a significant increase in talk about Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs), especially via social media. Affecting 2-5% of the general population, BFRBs are characterized by excessive and repetitive self-grooming behaviours in which physical injury occurs through pulling, picking, biting or scraping. The most common BFRBs we see at Archways Centre for CBT are Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder) and Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder. Trichotillomania is the recurrent pulling of one’s own hair, whereas Skin Picking is the recurrent picking at one’s own skin.
When these behaviours cause noticeable hair loss or skin damage, or to the degree of impairment (including avoidance), it’s time to seek professional help.
The type of treatment most commonly used at Archways is a type of CBT called “Comprehensive Behavioural (ComB)” treatment. It seeks to understand how behavioural, cognitive and emotional variables interact and maintain the problematic behaviours, while also identifying internal and external triggers. Based on a better understanding of these complex problems, strategies are taught to change entrenched behavioural patterns.