Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Welcome! If you have found this page, you or somebody you love may be experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and would like to learn more. Good news: OCD can be managed! There is an evidence based treatment called Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) that allows clients to live with their OCD without it consuming or debilitating their lives. Maybe this is your first time seeking treatment, or maybe you have been to countless therapists over the years and received the incorrect treatment for your OCD. Either way, I am glad you are here because there is treatment available.

Contact me at 785-477-9117 or AmandaLCPC@therapysecure.com for more information! Amanda can see residents of the state of Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Maine, Missouri, Michigan, and Florida via teletherapy.

For current group therapy options, please contact Amanda for dates and times.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Do you ever get thoughts stuck in your head that cause distress? Or maybe it’s an image that pops up that causes you panic because it is unwanted? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) consists of two parts: Obsessions are the intrusive, persistent and unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that get stuck in your head, while the compulsions are the repetitive rituals (behavioral or mental) you feel you have to complete in order to relieve your anxiety. While everyone has intrusive thoughts and images pop into their head, an individual with OCD becomes distressed by theirs. They wonder, “Why did I have this thought?” “Does this mean I wanted the thought?” “Does this mean I’m a bad person?” “Does this mean I’m going to act on the thought?” “Does this mean I cannot handle it?”

Some common obsessions include:
*Sexual Obsessions
*Sexual Orientation Obsessions
*Gender Identity
*Pedophile OCD
*Loss of Impulse Control
*”Just Right” OCD
*Real Event
*Meta OCD (obsessing about obsessing)
*Body Image (see Body Dysmorphic Disorder below)
*Panic (see Panic Disorder under Anxiety)
*Social (see Social Anxiety under Anxiety)
*Phobias (see Phobias under Anxiety)

Some common compulsions include:
*Superstitious behaviors
*Reassurance seeking
*Behavioral or cognitive avoidance
*Lucky words/numbers/phrases
*Cognitive restructuring

If you did not see your obsessions or compulsion above, it does not mean it is not included! You can have intrusive thoughts about ANYTHING and any behavior or ritual can be a compulsion.

I have seen and heard it all so you are in good hands. The evidence based treatment for OCD is called Exposure and Response Prevention, a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. Call me at 785-477-9117 for more information on the treatment or to schedule.

Trainings & Memberships

Amanda Petrik-Gardner is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF). Click HERE to see profile. Amanda has completed the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute through the IOCDF, attends the IOCDF’s annual conferences, as well as attended the Anxiety & Depression Association of America international conference multiple times. In addition, Amanda is on the board for OCD Kansas, an affiliate of the IOCDF, and is the creator of the OCD Exposure Coloring Books.

Free Resources

Click on the following links to view FREE OCD Resources from me to you. Stay tuned for more resources!

OCD Thinking Errors
Blank OCD ERP Exposure Template
Resists/Submits to Compulsions
Response Prevention Plan for OCD
Supportive Statements When A Loved One Has OCD

Book Recommendations

OCD Exposure Coloring Book
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD: Step-By-Step

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) falls into the category of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders due to its obsessive nature.  BDD becomes preoccupied with a nonexistent or perceived flaw or defect in physical appearance.  Or if there is an actual flaw present, the anxiety is outside the range of what is expected.  The individual becomes stuck on these intrusive thoughts that there is something “wrong” in their appearance and may engage in repetitive rituals known as compulsions, possibly including mirror checking, excessive grooming, skin picking, or reassurance seeking.  Possible areas of concern may be the hair, teeth, face (eyes, nose, mouth/lips), skin, breasts, buttocks, muscles, or genitalia.

Book Recommendations


Hoarding Disorder

Hoarding Disorder falls under the category of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. It involves difficulty getting rid of possessions that may no longer be needed or useful to you. The idea of discarding items or not acquiring new items can be extremely distressing. Hoarding can cause severe impairment in functioning, strained relationships, a cluttered home, and even dangers in the home.

Treatment options for Hoarding Disorder include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in which the client learns new cognitive skills to process unhelpful thinking patterns that lead to hoarding. Skills such as how to sort, discard, organize, and decrease the acquiring of new items will also be beneficial.

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