Psychotherapy is an effective treatment that is often combined with other treatments.

Psychotherapy is sometimes referred to as "talk therapy." It may be used alone or combined with medications or other therapies. Your treatment team will work with you to determine which therapies offer you the best opportunity for improved health.

Some examples of different types of psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a blend of cognitive (thought) and behavioral (action) therapy. It may benefit people diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety and OCD-related disorders.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps people who have problems regulating feelings and tolerating stress
  • Metacognitive remediation therapy is a form of talk therapy to improve memory, attention and problem solving and improve participation in work and school for individuals with psychotic-spectrum disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with psychotic features.
  • Family-focused therapy seeks to improve relationships, which may help improve treatment outcomes 

Group Therapy

These multiweek programs provide participants with the opportunity to learn, practice, and implement new skills for responding and behaving in ways that are healthier and more fulfilling, as well as meeting individuals with similar struggles. Our group leader has more than 20 years’ experience treating anxiety and OCD-related disorders. Two clinical psychology doctoral students also assist, providing group members much individual attention in addition to group learning.

OCD Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy

This 12-session group uses the state-of-the-art, research-proven treatment, “Exposure with Response Prevention.” The goal of the group format is to increase participants’ motivation to change their behavior and learn from each others’ OCD struggles and efforts to progress in treatment.  Participates encourage and inspire each other to courageously face their fears. In addition, it is often very helpful to meet other people with OCD, who might have very different OCD themes/fears but have the same underlying struggles and OCD processes such as triggering situations, intrusive thoughts, negative or catastrophic expectations, distress, compulsions, temporary relief and avoidance of triggering situations.

The group is designed to help you

  • Understand and observe the subtleties of your OCD, especially the factors that keep you from recovering.
  • Learn, practice, and implement skills for overcoming OCD.
  • Motivate yourself, using numerous methods, to systematically face and overcome your fears and give up avoidance and compulsions. Doing so will help you learn that bad things don’t inevitably happen and that you can cope, and it will pave the way for you to lead a full and fulfilling life.

New groups start periodically, email larry.needleman@osumc.edu or call 614-293-7100 to schedule an evaluation that will determine if you would benefit from this group.

Overcoming Destructive Perfectionism and Keeping Health High Standards Group Therapy

This eight-session cognitive-behavioral group treatment was developed by leading perfectionism researchers. The goal of the group is to help people change destructive perfectionistic behavior and begin having a more satisfying, and  more productive and balanced life.

Although having high standards can be positive and helpful, people with destructive perfectionism tie their self-worth to always striving for and reaching their own unrelenting standards. People who struggle with this often think of reaching their goals in all-or-none terms, “either I reach my goal completely, or I am a complete failure.” They also often engage in problematic behaviors such as working beyond exhaustion, procrastinating and discounting their achievements.  Destructive perfectionism is often a key component of psychological problems such as eating disorders, depression, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.

In this group, participants will discover for themselves when high standards and striving are serving them well versus when they are interfering with the quality of their lives and perhaps even decreasing their productivity or performance.  Rather than simply following rigid perfectionistic rules, they will learn flexibility and will experiment with new strategies for improving the quality of their lives and/or improving performance.  While retaining high standards in areas that are important to them, they will learn more helpful ways to think about their worth and about achievement and will learn more helpful methods for goal setting.  In addition, participants will learn tools for counteracting destructive behaviors that are often associated with perfectionism.  For example, these tools include learning how to decrease procrastination, improve time management, improve problem solving, improve work-life balance, and increase their tolerance for uncertainty.

New groups start periodically, email larry.needleman@osumc.edu or call 614-293-7100 to schedule an evaluation that will determine if you would benefit from this group.

Overcoming Excessive Acquiring and Saving for People How Hoard: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group

This 16-session group is designed to help people decrease purchasing/acquiring and hoarding behaviors using a  state-of-the-art, step-by-step, research-proven treatment  created by leading researchers in treating hoarding.

Many people have too much stuff.  However, for people who suffer with clinical hoarding, the amount of and disorganization of possessions results in extreme clutter, chaos, and distress for them or the people in their lives.  Hoarding behavior is expensive and time consuming, interferes with relationships with others, and can even pose a health hazard.

In this group, participants learn to think about their things differently and to organize and make decisions about their possessions.  Although going through this program this is challenging, completing this program significantly improves the quality of most participants.

New groups start periodically, email larry.needleman@osumc.edu or call 614-293-7100 to schedule an evaluation that will determine if you would benefit from this group.








 

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a treatment that helps patients train their mind to cope with issues that cause anxiety or depression. Ernesto Ortiz Cruzado, MD, a psychiatrist at Ohio State, adds that exploratory therapy helps uncover potential triggers or causes. 

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