The OCD Program at Lindner Center of HOPE

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a potentially disabling condition that strikes both children and adults – both men and women. OCD can lead to depression, unemployment, and even physical problems caused by compulsive behaviors. Fortunately, effective treatment can alleviate symptoms and allow patients to regain fulfilling lives.

Treatment at Lindner Center of HOPE led by psychotherapists trained in OCD offers proven success. Comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment programs, personalized to the needs of each individual, equip patients with effective solutions for managing their condition.

Lindner Center of HOPE’s approach to OCD treatment reflects the latest professional advancements and proven combinations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and medication therapy. Effective education builds upon therapy to help patients manage OCD.

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Obsessive compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that can manifest itself in many ways. However, OCD is treatable through a combination of medication and psychotherapy consisting of behavior modification. read, OCD Comes In Many Forms to learn more.


Learn about support groups for OCD at Lindner Center of HOPE.

Lindner Center of HOPE is proud to be a founding member of OCD Midwest, local affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, The charitable purpose of OCD Midwest is to assist individuals afflicted with OCD in identifying, seeking and gaining access to appropriate support and affordable treatment, and to provide education and information about OCD and related disorders to sufferers, their families and the public. OCD Midwest will aim to increase the public’s knowledge about OCD, and assist those diagnosed with OCD in being recognized as valuable members of their community.

Central Ohio GOALS for OCD

Description: Looking for support? Regardless of your treatment progress the Central Ohio GOALS for OCD serves to bring people together to speak with others who suffer from OCD as well as set individual goals that aid In your recovery.

Meeting Information:

Venue: Worthington United Methodist Church – Browning Lounge located on 2nd Floor
Meeting day and time: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Open To: Adults who have OCD
Fee: Free

Recognizing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Correctly identifying OCD is a crucial first step in effective treatment. Professionals recognized for their leadership in the treatment of OCD at Lindner Center of HOPE effectively assist patients in identifying and treating symptoms of OCD and co-occurring conditions, which often include mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. A comprehensive diagnostic assessment is the first step in guiding an individual toward meaningful recovery.

OCD Obsessions
OCD is characterized by an individual experiencing unwanted thoughts, images, feelings, or sensations called obsessions that trigger strong fears or discomfort. Patients may obsess about:

  • Contamination by dirt, germs or chemicals
  • Harming someone, due to carelessness or while driving
  • Losing items
  • Doing immoral or blasphemous acts

OCD Compulsions
Individuals with OCD often try to reduce and eliminate the distress caused by obsessions with repetitious thoughts, behaviors, and psychological numbing– called compulsions– such as:

  • Constant washing
  • Checking and seeking reassurance
  • Mental rituals, ongoing counting or repetitive prayer
  • Hoarding
  • Touching or arranging

Although individuals with OCD typically realize their fears are unrealistic, they are unable to break the pattern of obsessions and compulsions. Without help from specialists like those at Lindner Center of HOPE, OCD may lead to depression, anxiety or other co-occurring conditions.

Causes of OCD

OCD inflicts a staggering toll on individuals, families, and even employers. It is the eighth-leading cause of medical disability for individuals age 15 to 44. Evidence shows that OCD affects men and women equally.

Although leading researchers are still exploring the causes of OCD and co-occurring mental health problems, most believe they may be caused by a complex interaction of genetic, medical, psychological and psychosocial factors:

  • Genetics or hereditary factors
  • Biology or changes in the body’s chemistry or brain functions
  • Certain medications may increase symptoms of OCD in some individuals.
  • Behavior-related habits learned over time
  • Insufficient serotonin

Fortunately, progressive, proven treatment is available through Lindner Center of HOPE where an experienced team of clinicians and licensed psychotherapists experienced in OCD can accurately diagnose and treat a variety of OCD and co-occurring conditions.

Lindner Center of HOPE offers solutions for overcoming OCD

Each patient at Lindner Center of HOPE begins recovery with a personalized treatment plan that combines concentrated medical therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). With ERP, the patient, guided by licensed psychotherapists, learns to face obsessions while reducing or eliminating compulsions to neutralize their anxieties.

Studies have shown that ERP helps the brain recalibrate, greatly reducing any anxiety or distress caused by OCD. In addition, CBT helps identify and challenge a patient’s negative thought patterns and encourages behaviors designed to counter-act depressive symptoms. Effective education combined with these therapies further equips the patient and support family with knowledge for continued success at home.

Outpatient Care Offers Opportunities to Overcome OCD

LCOHPA logo optionB_smaller fileComprehensive outpatient services led by specialists in the clinical practice group, Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates (LCOHPA), provide an individualized treatment program that uses a combination of the newest protocols for treating OCD with proven therapy techniques. Adolescents or adults struggling with OCD participate in a meaningful combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) as well as group or family counseling, while still maintaining normal life activities.

Who Benefits from Outpatient OCD Treatment

  • Patients with OCD who are able to participate successfully in regularly scheduled outpatient visits on their own or with family or support individuals
  • Patients who are able to work closely with OCD specialists and psychotherapists to overcome the challenges of OCD

Accelerated Outpatient Treatment for OCD and Anxiety

For patients struggling with OCD and anxiety, the Outpatient Accelerated OCD and Anxiety Service, offered by Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates (LCOHPA), is a 2-week program designed to give patients brief intensified Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). This program may be appropriate for patients in standard outpatient care who need more frequent sessions or for patients stepping down from a higher level of treatment (e.g., residential, PHP, or inpatient).

Patients will meet with an OCD therapist four times per week for 75 minute ERP sessions at Lindner Center of HOPE’s main campus. The initial session is an assessment and goal setting session which includes an initial YBOCS (or diagnostically appropriate measure) to assess severity of the condition and establish a baseline. The subsequent sessions focus on ERP and psychotherapy.

Children, adolescent and adult patients are eligible for this service.

Although the program is designed as a 2-week program, there may be instances in which additional weeks are offered, depending on patient motivation, compliance and, therapist availability.

For more information about this service, contact Jennifer Wilcox, PsyD at 513 536-0602.

Insurance information:
If in network, insurance coverage is applicable. Patients may also self-pay or use out-of-network benefits for these services.

To be accepted into the service, patients must have an individual therapist with whom they will continue after they conclude their treatment in the program. Their therapist may be internal or external to the LCOHPA practice. To refer a patient for this service, the patient’s therapist should complete the LCOHPA Accelerated OCD and Anxiety Service form and submit to

Click here for Accelerated OCD referral form

Inpatient Anxiety Treatment for Individualized and Intensive Care

Inpatient services at Lindner Center of HOPE provide scientifically advanced and compassionate care for adults and adolescents needing assessment and stabilization. Specialists and psychotherapists in OCD diagnose and treat patients with an individualized plan tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Multidisciplinary team members deliver a proven combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and medication treatments. The patient’s family also becomes actively involved in the treatment.

Who Benefits

  • Adults or adolescents (11 and older) who are struggling with OCD
  • Patients who would benefit from a brief hospitalization for recovery from OCD

Premier Assessment and Residential Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Sibcy House at Lindner Center of HOPE is a specialized and enhanced, rich therapeutic residential environment offering comprehensive diagnostic assessment and residential treatment programs for individuals age 18 and older, suffering with complex, co-morbid mental health and addiction issues. A renowned, multi-disciplinary clinical team uses state-of-the science technology, evidence-based treatment modalities (including DBT and ERP) and clinical expertise to accurately diagnose patients, create individualized treatment plans, and provide intensive treatment through individualized and group therapy to improve overall treatment trajectory.

Highlights of offerings:

  • 10-day Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment (Neuropsychological testing, sub-specialty evaluations and assessments and ongoing 24 hour observation with feedback and next steps; Neurological assessment and MRI as indicated)
  • Treatment Initiation– Individual and Group Therapy with foundation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Treatment Extension – Ongoing Individual and Group Therapy
  • OCD Treatment and Diagnosis in a premier residential offering

WILLIAMS HOUSE at Lindner Center of HOPE offers an intimate and stabilizing residential environment for adults, age 18 and older, suffering with co-morbid mental health and addiction issues, who may benefit from psychiatric evaluation, cognitive work, medication adjustments/compliance, detox, observation and treatment initiation. The clinical team applies their expertise to facilitate stabilizing evaluation and next level of care recommendations.

Highlights of offerings:

  • 10-day Stabilizing Evaluation
  • Add-on Neuropsychological Testing and/or Treatment Initiation

Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment for Children and Adolescents at Lindner Center of HOPE is affordable and accessible in an intensive outpatient program for young people age 6 to 17 (18 if still in high school). A skilled and experienced diagnostic team focuses on intensive assessment over 3.5 days working with the patient, family and other treatment partners, considering genetic, psychological and social factors affecting well-being and functioning. A clear and accurate diagnosis creates the foundation for an effective treatment plan.

Highlights of offerings:

  • Quicker Access
  • Comprehensive Assessment
  • Early and Accurate Diagnosis for Right Treatment
  • Help coordinating next steps within Network of HOPE, avoiding costly missteps

Learn more about the assessment and residential programs here.

Progressive Team and OCD Specialists Ensure Effective Treatment

An important part of your treatment is the team at Lindner Center of HOPE,  recognized for their experience, advanced training and proven results in the treatment of OCD and OCD spectrum disorders.

Nicole Bosse, PsyD

Nicole Bosse, PsyD

Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist
Charles F. Brady, PhD, ABPP

Charles F. Brady, PhD, ABPP

Lindner Center of HOPE, Clinical Director of Outpatient Services and Staff Psychologist
Leah Casuto, MD

Leah Casuto, MD

Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychiatrist
Angela Couch, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Angela Couch, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Lindner Center of HOPE, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brett A. Dowdy, PsyD

Brett A. Dowdy, PsyD

Lindner Center of HOPE Chief of Psychological Services
Sarah Lavanier, PsyD, CEDS

Sarah Lavanier, PsyD, CEDS

Clinical Director of Adult Eating Disorder Services
Jennifer G. Wells, MSW, LISW

Jennifer G. Wells, MSW, LISW

Lindner Center of HOPE, Social Worker
Jennifer B. Wilcox, PsyD

Jennifer B. Wilcox, PsyD

Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist

Team members apply their extensive experience in the treatment of child, adolescent and adult patients with OCD to accurately assess and care for patients with OCD. They guide:

  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
  • Individually tailored treatment approach which combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication treatment
  • Psychiatric medication evaluation and treatment

Each patient’s multidisciplinary treatment team may also include the following healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Masters or Doctoral-level Therapists and Psychology Interns
  • Social Work Staff
  • Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Mental Health Specialists
  • Dietitian
  • Employment Specialist
  • Spiritual Care Coordinator
  • Community Psychiatric Support Specialist

Lindner Center of HOPE Library: Resources for OCD

Are you ready to manage OCD? Patients suffering from OCD and their families can use these resources to better understand the disorder and take the first steps toward treatment and recovery.

OCD screening

Take this quick self test developed by experts in OCD to help you determine if you may have OCD.

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Web Sites


OCD Comes In Many Forms
Obsessive compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that can manifest itself in many ways. However, OCD is treatable through a combination of medication and psychotherapy consisting of behavior modification.


The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the silent epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts.
Lee Baer; 2001 EP Dutton

Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder-Client: A Behavioral and Cognitive Protocol for the Treatment of OCD
Gail Steketee 1999, New Harbinger

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide To Breaking Free From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Bruce Hyman and Cherry Pedrick 1999, New Harbinger

Overcoming Compulsive Checking: Free Your Mind from OCD
Paul Munford 2004, New Harbinger

S.T.O.P. Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions
Edna Foa and Reid Wilson 2001, Bantam

Brain Lock: Free Yourself From Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
Jeffrey Schwartz and Beverly Beyette 1997, Regan Books

What to Do When Your Child Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions.
Aureen Pinto Wagner

Helping Your Child with OCD: a Workbook for Parents of Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Lee Fitzgibbons & Cherry Pedrick

Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say “No Way” — and Parents Say “Way to Go”
John S. March (Author) The Guilford Press; 1 edition (December 27, 2006)

Buried In Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding
David F. Tolin, Ph.D., Randy O. Frost, Ph.D. and Gail Steketee, Ph.D.

OCD Screening Questions

Please answer yes or no to each of the following:

  • Do you have unwanted and uninvited thoughts, images, feelings, or sensations that trigger strong fears or substantial discomfort?
  • Do you find yourself constantly concerned with dirt, germs, illnesses or contamination?
  • Do you worry often about harming someone, through carelessness, or about hitting someone while driving?
  • Do you have certain mental rituals that you follow to calm yourself, such as repetitive prayer, counting, avoiding certain numbers or colors?
  • Do you find yourself continuously re-arranging items or hoarding unnecessary items?
  • Do you need to repeat actions (such as turning out lights) or certain rituals that you’ve already completed, just to make sure you “got it right”?

These questions are intended to help a person recognize if he or she may need an evaluation for an OCD. If you are experiencing these symptoms or if you are struggling with OCD, you may benefit from a professional assessment.


For an assessment and consultation with a licensed therapist at Lindner Center of HOPE, please call 513-536-HOPE (4673).