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Frequently Asked Questions

Many people want to know more about what is involved in the treatment for OCD and anxiety before they begin a therapy program. The following information provides some answers to the frequently asked questions from our clients, families and potential clients.

Do all therapists provide adequate care for Anxiety and OCD?

The simple answer is no, but that does not mean they are not caring and can provide some relief. No doubt, there are many therapists who desire to be helpful; however, because of their lack of specialty and trainings, they typically follow the treatment trend of the therapists 30 plus years ago. Now, there has been great progress made in the field of OCD and other Anxiety disorders, but the older and more traditional treatment modalities have been slower to change. Our therapy programs provide the most up-to-date and evidenced based treatments for OCD and anxiety disorders.

How do I know if I need a Specialist?

If you are suffering with moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and/or OCD, then a specialist can direct you to the very best techniques and tools available to help you gain control of your life. For example, we recognize the difference between a "General Practitioner" and a "Cardiologist." A "General Practitioner" is going to try their very best to provide the care needed to their patients; however, they are limited because they also work with hurt knees, sprained ankles and wrists, removing moles and many other issues. Obviously, a "Cardiologist" is a specialist, and that is all they do. They have received specialized training and are experts in that area. Because they work with clients in need of their expertise, they are always up-to-date with new and effective treatment options, and relevant research. The same can be said for therapists. A specialist in OCD and anxiety disorders is familiar with the best techniques and research, and applies their expertise every day. The decision is yours to make, however if you are having moderate or severe symptoms of OCD and anxiety, we recommend you have a specialist to help you through and get the best possible outcome.

How do I find a specialized therapist?

At The OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center, you will find all of our therapists are specialized specifically with Cognitive Behavior Therapy ("CBT"), Exposure Response Prevention Therapy ("ERP"), Acceptance and commitment therapy ("ACT"), Mindfulness and many other techniques used to help get control of OCD and anxiety disorders. If you do not live close to our offices, we are pleased to offer online counseling and groups using SKYPE or Google Plus. If these options do not work for you, other great resources can be found at www.IOCDF.org. This website contains lists of therapists who have identified themselves as OCD and anxiety specialists located all around the world.

What is the best type of therapy for OCD and other Anxiety Disorders?

Based on the best research available, Exposure and Response Prevention ("ERP") is an evidence based practice that has been proven to provide the best outcomes for most anxiety disorders. With this treatment modality, in combination with CBT, ACT, Mindfulness and other types of relaxation techniques, we find the most successful and lasting results with our clients, even those with the most severe symptoms.

What is Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy?

Exposure and Response Therapy is currently the most effective treatment for OCD and many other anxiety disorders. This treatment modality allows the person to begin to face their fears in a gradual and methodical way. Running from and avoiding fears through compulsions and rituals only feeds the problem and strengthens the anxiety. As clients expose themselves to the fears repeatedly, they begin to habituate (get used to) their fears and they lose their effect and become manageable. When using ERP correctly, the client will find they will get better by feeling their way through their fears instead of thinking themselves out of them. This allows the brain to become re-trained, so that instead of the well-worn ruts of OCD, a new, easier path can be followed. In the end after successful treatment, clients are able to get their brain wrapped around what is truth.

What is the length of treatment?

In our IOP program, the typical duration is between 3 and 6 weeks. After successful completion of the IOP, we typically provide booster sessions to help support our clients and help them maintain what has been accomplished during the IOP. This is different for each client as each individual has their own needs. Booster sessions could start at 1-3 sessions per week and then the amount of sessions can be lowered slowly. This is to help our clients learn to depend on themselves now that they have learned the tools and techniques necessary to succeed in being free from OCD and anxiety, and are able to use them on their own outside of the therapeutic environment.

Outside of our IOP, we can provide 1-5 client tailored sessions a week to address client’s needs and run through our therapy processes. We will assess client’s needs to determine most beneficial treatment.

Do you prescribe medications?

We do not prescribe medication; however, we will work with you in connecting you with a psychiatrist who then, if deemed appropriate, can prescribe medication. Alternatively, we can also work with your current psychiatrist to ensure the best possible outcome. We are planning in the next months to contract a psychiatrist who specializes in OCD and other anxiety disorders, to work 10 hours per week out of our offices. This psychiatrist would be scheduled on a first come, first served basis for our clients with the primary function being to help prescribe and medicate to supplement therapeutic treatment.

What are your rules on confidentiality?

We are bound the laws and regulations of our regulating boards as well as HIPAA. We will not disclose any information gathered unless prior authorization has been given through a written release. The only issue that may force a break of confidentiality is if you are a threat to yourself or another person. We are mandatory reporters, and as such, we have an obligation to keep our clients as well as others safe.

Does insurance cover treatment?

"Yes and No." For purposes of the IOP, we do not accept health insurance and are not paneled through any insurance. We require payment at the time of service. This decision was based on the fact that insurance companies do not allow us to work our program in the way that is in the best interests of our clients. In general, insurance companies are about saving money and do not typically pay for multiple sessions a day or the different levels of services throughout a therapeutic day. We do not bill insurance and are considered "Out of Network Providers". As such, we cannot guarantee your insurance will cover all or any portion of therapy. We do, however, have many strategies our clients have used to obtain full or partial reimbursement that we are happy to share with you. For example, we can provide scripts you can use as you speak with your insurance company, so you have the proper lingo and knowledge that will give you more clout as you speak with them. In addition we have had great success in getting SINGLE CASE Agreements. Your insurance is required by law to provide appropriate and reasonable care to its clients. Since there are so few true specialists with OCD and Anxiety they are required to sometimes seek for professionals out of their network and pay for them as In Network providers. We can work you work with you and your insurance. Again, we don’t guarantee, they will pay, but we have had fantastic response from almost all insurance companies. If you attempt to use insurance, it is important you contact or have us work with them PRIOR to starting therapy so you fully understand your benefits. Many insurance companies will not typically pay for therapy that has already happened unless an agreement was made prior to the commencement of therapy. As a reminder, how your insurance reimburses you (or does not reimburse you), or any issues you might face with them is ultimately between you and your insurance company.

Do you provide discounts?

We offer a 5% reduction in fees when weekly prepayments are made through cash or check. We also provide a low income program that individuals must qualify for participation. This program is partially subsidized through The OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center and through donations.

What if I don’t live in Utah? How does that work?

We have connected with several hotels close to our offices to provide accommodation for those visiting Utah. Click here to see available hotels. Public transportation is easily accessible in front of our offices. We have created a list of food options as well as activities in Utah to keep you occupied during your visit.

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to provide a more intensive therapy experience for clients suffering with OCD and other Anxiety Disorders which are impacting their daily lives. The IOP approach allows for more hands on support under the direction of a professional specializing in OCD and anxiety disorders. In many cases, traditional therapy is inadequate for those suffering from moderate to severe OCD. Our IOP allows individuals to get into the groove of using this specialized therapy process. It is our experience that expecting our clients to use these therapy techniques without the proper experience first, leads to a significantly less desirable outcome. OCD and various other anxiety disorders cause distress, worry and concern which are barriers to progress and can make treatment more difficult. An intensive and structured program designed to support and lead suffers to gain true control over their fears is much more beneficial and life-saving. Though it may seem like large time commitment up front, realize that this time is minimal compared to the exorbitant amount of lost time spent on compulsions and rituals. To find out more of what to expect in an IOP please click here. Check out our Building, Program, and Staff.

What type of follow up care do you offer?

We provide "booster" sessions to support and maintain the successes gained through the program. These sessions are encouraged as they are also a way to foster accountability and stability in our clients. Booster sessions can range from 1 to 3 times per week, depending on the individual’s need. We have found that as clients gain control over their OCD and/or anxiety, we will need to see them less frequently as a means towards promoting self-reliance.

Who is not appropriate for your Intensive Outpatient Programs?

Currently, we are not accepting patients with delusional or psychotic disorders. Additionally, we will refer clients with drug addiction issues to qualified outside treatment providers to ensure their addictions are treated prior to attending the IOP. Once addiction issues are under control and the client is able to focus on our specific regimen, we will accept them as new patients for the IOP.

What type of accommodations are available if we are not from the area?

If you are coming out of town, there are several hotels we have contacted and created an affiliation with. These hotels are willing to provide discounted rates to our clients. Please click here to see available accommodations.

What type of food is available in the area around the office?

We have a wide variety of food options in the area. Please click here to see options.

Do you run groups?

We currently offer an OCD/Anxiety Group, GOALS Group and a Mindfulness Group. We find that individuals who are struggling with similar symptoms can relate to and gain strength from supporting each other while finding courage and peace working together towards a common goal.

What are your office hours?

Monday through Friday 8am to 10pm
Saturday 8am to 4pm
Sunday Closed

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