OCD and Worry Free

A psychotherapy group for children and adolescents with obsessive compulsive disorder and other types of anxiety.

Does your child seem anxious? Does your child confess, constantly need reassurance, become easily frustrated, repeat acts, and seem too organized, rigid or perfectionists? Does your child fear new social situations, separation from a parent or fear storms, death, germs, and failure? Then this group may help.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been found to be an effective treatment of OCD. It helps the person identify the ideas, beliefs and behaviors associated with OCD, and ways of modifying them. This group is an 8 week program and it focuses on providing participants with information about OCD, practical strategies on managing OCD symptoms, general anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, and provides strategies for preventing or managing future worries.

This group was designed for children and an adolescents ages 8-13 experiencing anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy and mindfulness techniques are used.
This group will help your child develop strategies to fight back compulsions and challenge repetitive and intrusive thoughts. Self-confidence and control will greatly improve and as a result the whole family will be able to relax!

Group Objectives: This group is designed to
  • Teach your child how to identify and stop anxious thoughts.
  • Provide education on the physiology of anxiety.
  • Teach the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
  • Empower the child with skills and confidence.
  • Normalize and offer support.
  • Teach calming strategies and increase serenity.
  • Complete exposures and face fears.
Symptoms of childhood-onset OCD vary widely from child to child. Some common obsessions experienced by children and adolescents with OCD include:
  • Exaggerated fears of contamination from contact with certain people, or everyday items such as clothing, shoes, or schoolbooks.
  • Excessive doubts that he/she has not locked the door, shut the window, turned off the lights, or turned off the stove or other household appliances.
  • Marked over-concern with the appearance of homework assignments.
  • Excessive worry about symmetrical arrangement of everyday objects.
  • Fears of accidentally harming a parent, sibling, or friend.
  • Superstitious fears that something bad will happen if a seemingly unconnected behavior is done (or not done).
Some common compulsions experienced by children and adolescents with OCD include:
  • Compulsive washing, bathing, or showering.
  • Ritualized behaviors in which the child needs to touch body parts or perform bodily movements in a specific order or symmetrical fashion.
  • Specific, repeated bedtime rituals that interfere with normal sleep.
  • Compulsive repeating of certain words or prayers to ensure that bad things don't occur.
  • Compulsive reassurance-seeking from parents or teachers about not having caused harm.
  • Avoidance of situations in which they think "something bad" might occur.
  • The need to confess.