Face the challenges of life head-on with the right tools & resources

 
 

This is the comprehensive list of our services

Initial Assessment $175.00
Individual Therapy 50-60 min $140.00
Individual Therapy 45 mins $130.00
Tele Video Session 45 mins 125.00
Tele Video Session 30 mins $70.00
Intensive Exposure Response Prevention Therapy 2.5 hours 3x a week.
Self Pay- only as insurance does not cover this intensive treatment. Out of pocket cost 3 days 7.5 hours of intensive treatment. $1200.00

Emphasis is on the rapid recovery working in an intensive group.

Out of Network benefit may be able to submit for reimbursement .

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Group Therapy

In this intensive OCD group, led by Tammy Van Linter, a graduate of the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute of the International OCD Foundation, participants will have an opportunity to share their difficulties with OCD, Psycho education about OCD. Participants will also engage in cognitive-behavioral therapy/exposure and response prevention in a supportive environment. Doing exposure and response prevention with the encouragement of others who also suffer from OCD can help increase motivation and enhance results.

CBT Group Obsessive Compulsive Disorder includes ERP work.

The first group meets every other Thursday @ 5:30pm-7pm

Next group meets on Thursday July 12th. The cost for this group is $100.00

Intensive Outpatient Therapy

This Treatment is a primary treatment program that is advised by the clinical and medical assessment in some circumstances especially when individuals are in need of a structured setting in which to work towards overcoming symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Prior to engaging in any form on treatment, individuals must first partake in a thorough psychosocial assessment. During these assessments, an individual’s history is reviewed, including presenting symptoms and the way in which those symptoms have impacted his or her ability to function on a daily basis.

Intensive Outpatient Therapy will allow you regain your personal life and mend your important family ties right away, when you live at home and participate in intensive outpatient treatment, you will be able to establish a foundation for long term recovery support in your local community right from the start of your treatment, instead of waiting until you return from living away in a residential setting.

In the Intensive Outpatient Program, you receive services primarily through group therapy, but are also assigned an individual therapist you will meet with on a weekly basis while in treatment. Groups are small and generally do not exceed 10 people, ensuring a safe and able environment.

Intensive Out Patient Group Therapy 3 days for 2.5 hours CBT/ERP Group Therapy and the cost is 1200.00

Please contact me by email at [email protected]

Located at:

35 Cold Spring Rd
Suite 122
Rocky Hill CT 06067

Anxiety & Depression

We pride ourselves on being more than just someone to listen, but someone to help you look at things a different way.

It all starts with a healthy mind, and a fresh perspective. From there, focusing on your well-being, mental and emotional health, and physical wellness comes into play like never before. You’re taking the first steps on a journey, but you’re not taking them alone.

Whatever obstacles and struggles someone may be going through in life, We consider it a privilege to help you deal with. We understand that the patients we see are entrusting us to give them the right resources to guide them down a new path, with a new perspective, so they can achieve their own goals. With a healthy balance of listening, guiding, and even learning, We take pride in using our own experiences and resources to help people really start off on the right foot on that path.

Whether you, or someone you know struggles with something like OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Depression etc, or simply wants a different outlook on their life, it’s something to work through together, and by setting up a consultation, we can get started.

Areas of expertise:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Sosial Anxiety
Phobias
Panic Disorders
Health Anxiety
Body Dysphoria Disorder
Hypochondriasis
Trichotillomania
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Addictions Specialist
Family Conflict
Grief/Loss
Impulsivity Disorders
Trauma
Mood Disorders
Life’s Changes
Marriage/Couples
Co occurring Disorders
Sadness/Depression

As a professional therapist’s, our role is to guide you as you take steps towards positive life changes, healing, and a healthy mind. Together we’ll work to uncover and better understand life’s challenges and day-to-day stressors that detract from your life and focus, and begin identifying and practicing things that will make you stronger.

We consider all our patients to be more than just another name, or an appointment. Therapy is meant to be a completely individual experience, and I treat it as such, with deep compassion and absolutely no judgment. Not only do we want to provide support and encouragement for all of our clients, but it’s our goal to offer them practical resources that they can put into practice immediately in their lives.

We use both modern approaches and tried and true methods to fit each client’s individual needs with understanding, no matter who they are, or their particular walk of life. Everyone can achieve more personal growth and strength, and it’s an honor to work on that together.

 

What you need to know about OCD

OCD Is a complex psychological condition or a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of Obsessions and Compulsions? Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings which makes people lack control over their daily lives. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress. People who suffer from this condition experience a degrade in their quality of life. A lot of people with OCD suffers in silence without knowing that their condition is caused by neurobiological problem. OCD can be treated with the right approach and appropriate treatment which ensures changes in the brain by weakening the old neurological pathways and strengthening new ones. This approach allows the brain to function in a more stable manner. Research keeps unfolding new information to better understand and treat OCD, which is a good thing.

After treatment, People with OCD condition will benefit from a significant symptoms relief. The best treatment for OCD is CBT Exposure Response Prevention, medication and we also utilize Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) is often combined with behavior therapy.  It is tailored to maneuver the thoughts channeling fears to the patients. This helps them understand that their rituals will not eliminate or be a preventive measure against any occurrence of catastrophe.

 

The International OCD Foundation

The mission of the International OCD Foundation is to help everyone affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Our aim is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them. For more information, please visit this link.

Pure Obsessional OCD (Pure O)

Individuals may suffer from “Pure Obsessional OCD in which they report experiencing obsessions without observable compulsions. These obsessions often manifest as intrusive, unwanted thoughts, impulses or “mental images” of committing an act they consider to be harmful, violent, immoral, sexually inappropriate, or sacrilegious. For individuals with Pure Obsessional OCD, these thoughts can be frightening and torturous precisely because they are so antithetical to their values and beliefs.

At times, Pure O is often seen as a “less severe” form of OCD, yet those who experience symptoms of this disorder find that the characteristic intrusive thoughts can be very disruptive and distressing.

It must not be mistaken that everyone who gets intrusive thoughts have Pure O, anyone can have intrusive thoughts, but for people who do have OCD, these thoughts can be debilitating, causing extreme anxiety and discomfort. No matter how hard you try to get rid of them, they won’t go away. Expect through the right treatment approach.

 

HOCD / Gay OCD

Currently suffering from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Recurring unwanted or intrusive thoughts about your own sexuality
Constantly reassuring yourself that you are straight
Avoiding people of your same gender due to anxiety or unwanted fears that you might be gay
Worrying that you might be sending out “signals” that will make others think you are gay
Homosexual thoughts are repulsive to you, rather than arousing
Feeling no attraction to your same sex
Repeating an action because you worry that you might have done something in a way that makes others think you are gay.

HOCD causes people to obsessively get worried that they may be gay or bisexual and this thought often take up such a significant amount of their daily life and thoughts and causes them nearly crippling anxiety. Sometimes they truly are gay or bisexual, and sometimes not at all.

Harm OCD

Is a manifestation of OCD in which individual experiences intrusive, unwanted, distressing thoughts of causing harm to themselves or to others. These harming thoughts are perceived as being ego-dystonic, which simply means that the thoughts are inconsistent with the individual’s values, beliefs and sense of self. Harming obsessions typically center around the belief that one must be absolutely certain that they are in control at all times in order to ensure that they are not responsible for a violent or otherwise fatal act.

Harm OCD generates thoughts whose presence and frequency is debilitating. They are far more upsetting than occasional images or thoughts of violence. They are repetitive, graphic and can get in the way of completing simple, day-to-day tasks.

 

Scrupulosity OCD

A form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder involving religious or moral obsessions. Scrupulous individuals are overly concerned that something they thought or might be a sin or other violation of religious or moral doctrine.

It is often difficult to differentiate between people of strong religious faith and those whose intense religious observance is actually a form of OCD called Scrupulosity.

There are a lot of people with a high level of commitment to their religious, moral, or ethics standards and try to be as “good” as they can.  In some cases, individuals are hard on themselves, constantly demanding more religious or moral perfection in their daily lives, but they don’t actually have OCD.  Sufferers of Scrupulosity, by contrast, have persistent, unwanted thoughts and beliefs (obsessions) about not being moral or devout enough, even though there is no evidence to support their fears.  They are convinced that they have sinned in the past or will sin in the future, will disappoint God, or be punished if they fail to be “good enough.”

Relationship OCD (ROCD)

Is a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in which the sufferer experiences intrusive, unwanted and distressing thoughts about the strength, quality, and “true nature” of their love for their partner?

People suffering from ROCD are often unhappy with their relationship or they can point out that they are simply not that in love with their partner.

Having doubts or concerns about your partner is normal. Everyone experiences them. However, for ROCD sufferers, these thoughts can be irrational, unfounded and detrimental to day-to-day life.

Perinatal / Postpartum OCD

OCD that occurs immediately after childbirth is called postpartum OCD- OCD that occurs during pregnancy is called perinatal OCD. Research shows that women who are pregnant, or who have recently given birth, are at an increased risk of developing OCD symptoms. If they already have OCD, the obsessions and compulsions may worsen during this time. Because these two forms of OCD are very similar, we refer to them collectively as “POCD”

The increase in the frequency of OCD is likely to be related to the fact that pregnancy and early parenthood is a time when mums are naturally focused on the safety of their developing child and feel uniquely responsible for them.

Most women become a lot more concerned about protecting their baby and about how their actions can impact on their unborn child. It is also a time of increased stress, major physical change and transition to a new role which can increase vulnerability to developing difficulties.

Some fathers may also experience postnatal OCD because of their feeling of responsibility to protect their new baby.

Child and Adolescent OCD

Although children and adults experience many of the same obsessions and compulsions, children often express their disorder in special ways. Unlike adults, children may not recognize that their obsessions are senseless and that their compulsions are excessive. Very young children try to explain away their habits as being ” silly” or “necessary.” Children and adolescents with OCD more often involve family members in their rituals.

Due to the rare nature of OCD in children, it is often misdiagnosed and mistaken as depression. One Out of 200 children will suffer OCD, so it’s difficult to diagnose.
In addition to the distraction from normal childhood development that this illness brings.  Fortunately, progress is being made in understanding the genetic and biologic underpinnings of the disorder.  These advances will ideally lead to improved approaches for preventing, treating and, eventually, potentially curing this common childhood disorder.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Individuals with BDD suffer from obsessions about their appearance that can last for hours or up to an entire day. Hard to resist or control, these obsessions make it difficult for people with BDD to focus on anything but their imperfections. This can lead to low self-esteem, avoidance of social situations, and problems at work or school.

A person with BDD may feel that they cannot go out in public unless they have hidden the problem area in some way with clothing, make-up or covering with hair. This can seriously affect a person’s quality of life affecting both employment and relationships

Sufferers of BDD may also experience periods of depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts because of their preoccupation with the perceived flaw.

Hypochondria / Health Anxiety

Health anxiety (sometimes called hypochondria) is excessive worrying about your health, to the point where it causes great anxiety/panic and affects your everyday life.

Despite medical attention and reassurance, people with health anxiety either believe they already have a devastating illness or are in imminent danger of catching one. Seeking reassurance from doctors or the Internet might provide temporary relief, but the fear of illness returns. Symptoms must last a minimum of six months and interfere with daily living for a diagnosis to be made.

Trichotillomania

Involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your body. The urges involve pulling out hair from the scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of the body.

For some people, trichotillomania may be mild and generally manageable. For others, the compulsive urge to pull hair is overwhelming. Some treatment options have helped many people reduce their hair pulling or stop entirely.