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Child Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Counseling

Find Relief from OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in children can be a hard issue to diagnose. Your child may try to hide some of the symptoms, out of confusion or shame.

A child might express fear or concern and, as a parent, you tell them it’s nothing to worry about. Or the reaction seems to be out of proportion to the issue. Some of the common fears for children might be:

  • Fear of dirt, germs or something being “contaminated”
  • A need for things to be symmetrical, done in a certain order or number of times
  • Worried about getting sick, or family members becoming ill.
  • Continual thoughts about a violent or intrusive event, even if it had not happened to them or anyone around them.

There might be more obvious signs that your child/teen are showing.

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Other things to watch for:

OCD can impact your child in many ways. Their ability to focus in school, their sleep or their eating habits. It can interfere with their social interactions and fitting in with other kids. Treatment for OCD supports a child in all these areas. It also helps your child break the cycle of obsessions and compulsions.

The counselors at Pathways Counseling Services, want to help your child find relief from this illness that is affecting the pleasures of childhood, normal family life, friendships, and schoolwork.  Call us to discuss your concerns with our trained staff.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I make an appointment?

You may do this in three ways.
You can book online anytime
Call us at 480-613-8530
Complete this contact form.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.

Do you accept any insurance?

Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What should I expect when I come for my sessions?

Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.

How soon should I see results from the counseling sessions?

Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.

Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.

Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.

What kind of patients do you see?

We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.

We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.

Is what I say confidential?

All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.

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