Clinical Program FAQs
Is this program devoted entirely to treating individuals with OCD, or will other OCD spectrum disorders or anxiety disorders also be addressed?
This program is for individuals with OCD, OCD-spectrum disorders, and disorders that often co-occur with OCD, such as tic disorders. OCD-spectrum disorders include body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding, trichotillomania, and skin picking
If someone has a comorbid condition, can he or she participate in your program? Will there be treatment for the comorbid condition?
Yes, they can absolutely participate in our program. Our clinicians specialize in treating a range of disorders and have extensive experience with conditions that co-occur with OCD as well as conditions that have features similar to OCD. However, if in fact, an individual presents with a condition that is not within our area of expertise, then the appropriate referral will be made. If OCD is a part of the clinical picture, the patient would still be able to receive treatment from our team for their OCD symptoms.
Are parents, family members, friends, teachers, etc. included in the treatment?
Yes. We encourage adults in treatment to invite their family, significant others, or close friends for both psychoeducation and to learn how to act as a coach and/or support. While we strongly encourage it, it is not mandatory. For pediatric patients, parents (and core care-givers, if indicated) attend the initial evaluation and are included in the therapy as needed, depending on the age of the child and symptom severity. Clinicians will check in with parents to discuss treatment-related homework and clinical progress and will involve siblings and other family members as appropriate. For school-age patients, our team can work closely with their academic system to ensure appropriate accommodations and placements.
How often do patients in the program meet with their clinicians? How long are the sessions?
The timing and frequency of individual sessions for psychopharmacological treatment is patient-specific with frequency varying from weekly to monthly. Behavioral treatment sessions are also tailored to the patient’s needs and typically occur 1-3 times per week. The length of sessions range from 45-75 minutes.
Is there a homework or “self-directed” component to the treatment?
Yes, patients receive homework assignments to complete between sessions.
What kind of follow-up do you do for those who complete your program? Will the members of your treatment team be in contact with or willing to consult with the individual’s regular treatment provider(s)?
We recommend booster sessions once treatment has been successfully completed. We are happy to collaborate and coordinate care with other treatment providers.
What are your program’s payment options?
We offer a variety of fee schedules designed to meet the financial needs of our patients. Although our program does not accept insurance, we will provide the appropriate documentation for insurance reimbursement.
Is your program only available to individuals who are local, or are there arrangements for those who come from farther away (for example, lodging arrangements)?
While the majority of our patients reside in the tri-state area, we do not discourage patients from traveling to our clinic for treatment and we are happy to offer expert consultations, especially in treatment refractory cases. We see many patients and families who travel from around the United States and also from other countries. Although our program is unable to provide free accommodations to visiting patients, we are conveniently located in Manhattan where lodging options exist for all budgets.