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OCD: What actually helps?

Individuals with OCD often recognize the irrational nature of their obsessive thoughts or fears, which unfortunately can only add to the stress and frustration of feeling stuck in them and the compulsions they elicit.

What is OCD?

OCD is a unique condition in which an individual experiences recurrent obsessions and/or compulsions. Obsessions are thought of as repetitive and intrusive thoughts or images that give rise to feelings of anxiety or distress. Compulsions are thought of as ritualistic or compulsive behavior that an individual feels compelled to engage in to manage the distress elicited by obsessions.

While responses to disturbing obsessions such as a ritual, compulsion, or reassurance-seeking behavior may offer short-term emotional relief, they can inadvertently reinforce the OCD cycle and worsen it over the long term. 

YCBT Services is proud to be the Bixby Knolls – Long Beach, CA
regional clinic for the National Social Anxiety Center, which was
established to make quality psychotherapy services available to those in need. Through research, collaboration and educating clinicians and the public, NSAC is committed to improving services and care for people seeking help for social anxiety. Visit NSAC here for more information about Social Anxiety.

How OCD is Treated

Researchers have consistently found the most effective treatment for OCD to be a component of CBT called Exposure and Response Prevention, or ERP. The “exposure” component involves strategically facing the external situations or internal thoughts or images that are likely to trigger the intrusive obsessions and urge to engage compulsions.

The “response prevention” component involves delaying and resisting the urge to engage in the short-term compulsive or reassuring behavior.

In place of the old compulsive response, we will work to practice and apply more effective strategies such as mindfulness, cognitive reappraisal, and attentional refocusing to learn to accept and tolerate uncomfortable experiences, while acting towards your life goal of finding freedom from OCD. 

What YCBT Can Do For You

OCD Treatment By YCBT Services

What to expect with Exposure and Response Treatment

ERP is a proactive and directive approach to treatment in which clients will learn to understand the nature of the cycle that maintains OCD, establish proven approaches to break free from the OCD cycle, and increase their ability and confidence in tolerating uncomfortable thoughts and feelings while acting towards greater freedom and meaning in life.

About YCBT Services

YCBT Services was founded with the purpose of providing state of the art Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to help you develop the tools needed to live a life of greater freedom and purpose.

Dr. Yeilding utilizes his extensive training in CBT and evidence-based treatment within an individual and compassionate relationship to help you enact change.

One of Dr. Yeilding’s core interests is the study and practice of ancient wisdom practices that are brought to new light through scientific study. Cognitive science, neuroscience, mindfulness practices, Buddhist Psychology, and clinical research frame the context of an active and engaging treatment that helps you reach your goals.

Dr. Robert Yeilding

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Yeilding’s passion for understanding the mind and the alleviation of suffering developed through his early interest in eastern wisdom teachings and the practice of mindfulness and other forms of meditation. 

He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA, and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. 

Our Approach

Based in decades of research and proven effectiveness, CBT is an active and goal directed treatment that helps people learn and master the skills needed to improve their well-being and happiness in life. CBT has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of many psychological challenges, including anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, OCD, insomnia, stress-reduction, depression and mood disorders.

YCBT Services specializes in providing individual and group therapy designed specifically for the treatment of these conditions and fostering improved quality of life.

While building the skills needed to manage and overcome psychological distress, YCBT Services helps you learn to understand and relate to your experience with mindful awareness and connect you to find and act on the most important values and meaning in your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

CBT is one of the most evidence-based psychological interventions for the treatment of several psychological challenges including anxiety, depression, and substance use disorder.

Therapy is widely understood to support healing, elucidating meaning in one’s life, guiding transformation, and bringing us closer to our goals and the lives we want to lead.

I work in an approachable and practical way with clients to collaboratively determine treatment goals.

With your overall goals in mind, we work to address each session in a structured and intentional way to troubleshoot the difficulties you’re facing and to help you move forward. 

Please book a free phone consultation for more information about YCBT Services or how Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy might be helpful for you. Treatment begins with an initial consultation to help clarify your needs and goals, evaluate the issues you are looking to get help with, and to be sure we are the best fit for you.


Individual therapy fee is $225. Sessions last between 45 and 50 minutes.

Group therapy fee is $75 per group session, plus $150 for an individual intake screening. Group sessions last 90 minutes.

YCBT Services is an out-of -network provider and collects payment at the time of service. If you have a plan with out-of-network benefits, YCBT Services is happy to provide you with the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance plan for reimbursement.

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