Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is part of the “Obsessive Compulsive (OC) Spectrum” of disorders that include Hypochondriasis, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Trichotillomania, Tourette’s Syndrome and other neurobiological illnesses. All appear to have in common elements of obsessive thinking and partially involuntary compulsive rituals or motor tic behaviors. Genetically influenced disturbances or damage in different layers of the striatum and other associated areas of the brain have been implicated as causing or contributing to OC Spectrum (OCSPEC) Disorders. This group of disorders are for the most part chronic and can be significantly debilitating and even result in mortality. Recovery IS possible for most people and involves learning the practice of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Behavior Therapy (and possibly use of serotonergic medication). The process of recovery can often be very difficult and nearly impossible to accomplish alone.
Finding qualified treatment providers, however, can be challenging. Many counselors claim to be able to treat OCD but in fact do not have the specialized training needed. Just as General Physicians are not equipped to do eye surgery, General Counselors are not equipped to do ERP. Unfortunately trained counselors are few and far between and finding an ERP-trained counselor who ALSO has experienced OCD themselves (a huge asset in treatment) is very rare. Also, for some individuals with OC disorders, seeking treatment may be problematic due to the difficulties of travel and the high fees charged by most OCD treatment centers and specialists.
With these challenges in mind, The OCD Recovery Center of America now offers a traveling OCD Intensive Outpatient Housecall program in which we travel to the home location of the patient anywhere in the world (except where it is very cold – just kidding). Using the mobile clinic model pioneered by other medical specialties (and most recently the Department Of Defense in treating traumatized soldiers) we are able to deliver three to fourteen days of highly intensive treatment to the patient in their home, office, school or community.
Unless indicated otherwise, all specialized programs are conducted by Dr. Christian R. Komor, the founder of the OCD Recovery Center of America. Dr. Komor is an American Psychological Association trained Licensed Clinical Psychologist on the National Register of Healthcare Providers. Dr. Komor has treated hundreds of people with Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders since the mid-1990s, and trained thousands of healthcare providers in optimal treatment methods during a 5 year series of national one-day seminars. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Komor himself has been in recovery from very serious OCD since the mid-1990’s making him uniquely qualified to understand and assist others struggling with OCD!