OCD & Anxiety INtensive Program

For Kids and Adolescents


Common Treatment Targets Include:

Obsessions/intrusive thoughts related to:

  • Vomitting
  • Doubt
  • Perfectionism
  • Hurting others
  • Immortality/blasphemy
  • Contamination
  • Asymmetry 
  • Flaws in appearance
  • Physical symptoms/somatic obsessions (e.g., fear of 

Compulsions related to:

  • Washing
  • Checking
  • Reassurance seeking
  • Repeating
  • Apologizing
  • Confessing 
  • Straightening
  • Counting
  • Perfectionism 
  • Prayer
  • Mental checking 
  • Figuring it out (e.g., "Am I a good person?", "Am I gay?")

Other Targets:

  • Fear of flying, animals, or other specific phobias
  • Social Anxiety
  • School Avoidance



The Intensive Program is specialty designed for children and adolescents who would benefit from more targeted treatment of OCD and anxiety-related symptoms. The  Intensive Program identifies and addresses triggers to obsessions and helps patients prevent mental and behavioral compulsions. Our approaches include Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The  Intensive program runs for five hours, five days weekly. Each patient and their family meets one-to-one with providers. Our team includes a psychiatrist and therapists.


1. Phone consultation with Intake Coordinator

  • Goals are to assess level of care recommendations and introduce programming. The Intake Coordinator can also discuss lodging and transportation recommendations. 

2. Initial intake and pre-commitment with individual Provider (4-6 weeks of once weekly individual 45-minute sessions)

  • Psychoeducation (including family members)
  • Psychological assessment 
  • Structuring the environment
  • Learning non-avoidant coping
  • Treatment planning and case formulation
  • Development of exposure hierarchy 

3. Intensive Week (9-2pm Tuesday-Monday)

  • Review assigned homework exposures
  • Exposure and skills development protocols
  • Assign homework for the evening

4. Follow ups

  • 45-minute sessions focused on relapse prevention
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Frequently Asked Questions/Topics

What disorders do you treat?: Our programming can address OCD (including postpartum OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Illness Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Phobias, among other anxiety-based disorders.

I'm traveling from out of the area. Where should I stay?: We accept patients into the Intensive Program from national and international locations. Our location near Reagan Airport in the Washington, DC metro area allows for a variety of lodging and transportation options.Search for hotel options in the "Crystal City" section of Arlington, VA. 

Can I do phone/Skype sessions?: Phone and Skype sessions are not a replacement for in-person, individual therapy sessions.


If you are interested in learning more about any of these services, please contact us.