The Houston OCD Program offers a highly specialized Child/Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals with moderate to severe OCD and other anxiety-related disorders. This program meets after school on Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday’s from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. This unique program allows children/adolescents to receive specialized cognitive-behavioral therapy in a compassionate and individualized treatment environment. Individuals in this program engage in individualized behavioral therapy with their behavior therapist (2 sessions per week), CBT group therapy (3 times per week) and ERP in a group setting (3 times per week). In addition to the programming above, families will engage in one family session per week and daily parental programming is provided. Length and frequency of meeting is flexible, but most children/adolescents stay in our program for 4 to 6 weeks.

Clients will be assigned to work with a behavior therapist. Clients will meet with their behavior therapist two times during the week, for behavior planning, individual behavior therapy in addition to their weekly family session. By participating in the brief intensive program, adolescents have the opportunity to interact with other individuals who are experiencing similar concerns and to benefit from a group therapeutic environment.  

An experienced team of residential counselors provide the direct delivery of care in the intensive program and during groups. The staff is trained to help clients with OCD and anxiety engage in feared behaviors and learn healthy ways to cope with and reduce anxiety. 

*Each client is required to complete an initial assessment with a behavior therapist for an initial evaluation and treatment planning prior to the start of the intensive program.

How do I know that this program is right for my adolescent?

  • Your child/adolescent is suffering from severe anxiety and outpatient treatment has not been successful
  • You are interested in having your child/adolescent complete a step-down program after residential or inpatient treatment
  • You would like to minimize the amount of school your child/adolescent has to miss
  • You are looking for your adolescent to make the most of a spring or summer break
  • You want your adolescent to receive individual and group treatment, rather than group-based therapy, as is typical in many other Intensive Outpatient Programs

What is treatment like at the Adolescent Program?

You – the parent – and your child/adolescent will first meet with a behavior therapist to complete a thorough diagnostic assessment that utilizes empirically validated instruments, behavioral observations, patient and family history, and past treatment records. Next, the child/adolescent and their family will collaborate with the behavior therapist in developing an individualized treatment plan based on your their symptoms and unique difficulties. We will then implement an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral intervention, the gold standard treatment for youth suffering from anxiety disorders. Our goal is to not only alleviate your adolescent’s symptoms, but also to prevent these symptoms from returning again. To achieve this goal in the context of our short-term intensive program, we actively address relapse prevention early on in treatment and help the adolescent feel prepared for tackling future challenges after their treatment stay. Finally, as the adolescent is often living with their family, we include family education and support within our AIOP.

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) examines the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, while learning that if we change the way we think and the things we do, we can change how we feel. CBT uses Exposure and Response Prevention techniques, which help adolescents learn that if they face their anxiety-provoking thoughts, feelings, and situations in a gradual and systematic way, they will not only feel less anxious over time, but also learn that their fears are not very likely to come true.