Camden Center’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Program provides comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for OCD administered by expert clinicians specializing in the treatment of this condition.

The gold standard of treatment for OCD has long been Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), a treatment that systematically exposes individuals to anxiety-inducing situations while blocking compulsive behaviors. ERP has proven highly effective at reducing suffering from OCD, but it requires significant commitment and the ability to tolerate some degree of distress.

For this reason, at Camden Center, ERP is just one component of a holistic approach that brings together a full range of modalities to create a truly comprehensive treatment program that allows patients to fully recover. 

An Integrative Approach

At Camden Center we have designed a patient-centered approach to reduce attrition from treatment and keep each individual engaged. Our highly personalized, evidence-based treatment program is uniquely designed to provide the appropriate level of intervention at the right time to promote lasting recovery. 

Our program leverages expert clinicians across medical, integrative, psychotherapeutic, somatic, and nutritional modalities and structures treatment around three distinct phases, each determined by a thorough clinical assessment and objective measures to ensure readiness for progress. 

Phase 1: Resourcing

In this phase, we lay the groundwork for the patient’s recovery journey, guided by clinical assessments and objective measures to ascertain readiness. Key features include:

Psychoeducation: The intrusive nature of obsessions can often produce an emotional cycle of shame and urges to hide from the world. At Camden Center, we offer tailored psychoeducation sessions based on clinical assessment to ensure each patient has a comprehensive understanding and normalization of the unique challenges present in OCD.

Skill Building: Personalized, holistic coping and resilience-building techniques from behavioral and somatic therapies increase the patient’s capacity for exposure work (ERP) in the next phase of treatment. With access to therapeutic body work, somatic touch therapies, and integrative medicine, an individual is well resourced for the work ahead. 

Support Networks: Supportive community is fostered through connections with peers, support groups, and professionals to help reconnect individuals with OCD to the world around them. 

Phase 2: Exposure

The exposure phase, anchored in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, is introduced only when readiness is clinically determined. This phase involves:

Individualized Exposure Plans: Individuals work with their clinician to develop exposure plans tailored to their specific challenges and stage of treatment. 

Response Prevention: During exposure sessions, patients learn to resist compulsive behaviors, under the guidance of expert clinicians who provide real-time feedback and intervention. 

Therapeutic Guidance: Patients receive consistent support through the exposure process, with ongoing clinical assessments to gauge appropriate level of intervention and intensity. 

Phase 3: Integration

The integration phase focuses on consolidating gains and transitioning towards stability, determined by ongoing clinical assessments and objective measures. This phase includes:

Relapse Prevention: Together, patients and clinicians develop strategies for sustained progress, guided by ongoing assessments to ensure readiness for autonomy.

Cognitive Restructuring: Individuals work on challenging the unhelpful patterns of thinking that surround obsessions and compulsions, ultimately achieving greater freedom from OCD. 

Transition to Maintenance: Patients make a gradual transition to a highly personalized maintenance plan, ensuring readiness for autonomy and long-term stability.

ERP THERAPY WITH A TRAINED PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Because ERP is a time-intensive treatment, most programs providing ERP only involve a clinician in the planning of ERP and use interns or non-clinical staff to perform most of the ERP work.

At Camden Center, each patient in our OCD Program receives ERP exclusively from a psychotherapist who serves as their primary therapist and both plans and performs all ERP work with the patient.

Patients meet individually with their primary therapist multiple times per week. This permits the development of a strong relationship built on consistency and trust which we have found greatly improves the efficacy of the treatment.

In addition to ERP, patients in Camden Center’s OCD Program meet weekly with a psychiatrist for medication management and also have access to numerous other medical, psychotherapeutic, and somatic treatments that are selected specifically for them based upon their presentation and history.

PERSONALIZED OCD TREATMENT PLAN

While ERP is highly effective in the treatment of OCD symptoms, most patients with OCD also struggle with other symptoms, including depression and anxiety, and often require a combination of additional treatments in order to fully recover.

Each patient in our OCD Program undergoes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment and receives a unique, personalized treatment plan that in addition to ERP will include any other treatment modalities needed to help them recover from their current symptoms and address underlying issues. These additional treatments can include:

  • Psychiatry
  • Primary medical care
  • A broad range of individual psychotherapies
  • Family therapy
  • Coaching
  • Integrative medicine

Participants in Camden Center’s OCD Program also have access to all of the other resources at Camden Center, and if needed may participate in any of our other specialty programs.

Every patient at Camden Center is viewed as a whole person, and patients in our OCD Program not only receive world-class treatment for OCD but build a foundation for lasting stability and well-being.

For more information on Camden Center's OCD Program in Southern California and San Francisco, contact us by phone or online today.

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Franklin Bolanos
LCSW
Clinical Team Lead, Staff Therapist
Franklin Bolanos
LCSW
Clinical Team Lead, Staff Therapist
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Franklin Bolanos, LCSW, received both his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Social Work from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and in Prolonged Exposure Therapy by the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.

Franklin has extensive clinical experience providing CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  

He previously worked as a bilingual therapist at Harbor-UCLA Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic in Torrance, California, and as adjunct faculty in the California State University, Dominguez Hills Master of Social Work Program.

At Camden Center, Franklin facilitates DBT skills groups and provides comprehensive individual DBT to patients.

He is also a clinical team lead at the Los Angeles location. In that role, he assists patients, their families, and providers in the coordination of communication and support for optimal treatment outcomes through quality, client-centered, and comprehensive care services.

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Ali Ghassemi
PsyD
Staff Psychologist
Ali Ghassemi
PsyD
Staff Psychologist
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Dr. Ali R. Ghassemi, licensed clinical psychologist, received his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, with an emphasis on individual and family therapy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Ghassemi’s post-doctoral training focused on providing psychological assessment and intervention to inner-city children and adolescents, as well as counseling and assessment for college students.

He has more than 25 years of experience in conducting psychological testing and assessments, including cognitive assessments, brief and comprehensive neuropsychological testing, personality and emotional assessments, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) evaluations, learning disability assessments, pre-surgical evaluations, and medical-legal evaluations for workers’ comp and personal injury cases.

Dr. Ghassemi is also a clinician at the Los Angeles Body Dysmorphic Disorder & Body Image Clinic, where he conducts assessments and provides treatment.

At Camden Center, Dr. Ghassemi conducts psychological testing for patients.





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Arie Winograd
MA, LMFT
Staff Therapist
Arie Winograd
MA, LMFT
Staff Therapist
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Arie Winograd, MA, LMFT, received his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University and completed his graduate studies at Pepperdine University.

Arie has spent his career treating body image disturbances. He initiated the first Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) study at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and went on to become the founder and director of the Los Angeles Body Dysmorphic Disorder & Body Image Clinic.

Arie authored the book "Face to Face with Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Psychotherapy and Clinical Insights,” and co-authored several academic publications on BDD. He has given numerous lectures on BDD and body image disturbances, both nationally and internationally.  

Arie also has six years of clinical experience at the UCLA Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program.

At Camden Center, Arie provides consultations and individual and group psychotherapy to patients with various types of body image disturbances.





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