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Center for Obsessive-Compulsive Treatment and Related Disorders

Phone: 646-774-8062  Located At: 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY

We offer no-cost Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including Exposure and Ritual Prevention (EXRP or ERP) delivered by expert therapists through our treatment studies. Call us for information about free Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

The Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) and Related Disorders Treatment Team

Welcome to the Center for OCD Treatment and Related Disorders at Columbia University/The New York State Psychiatric Institute

Our mission:

Our mission is to improve the lives of people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders by conducting cutting edge research. For patients today, we study how to combine and sequence current OCD treatments to maximize outcomes, and we explore novel treatments. For the patients of tomorrow, we collaborate with imagers, geneticists, and basic scientists to examine the causes of OCD.

"I went to other therapists and psychiatrists and that just made it worse for me. This type of treatment was the best for me and was the only thing that actually helped." -- Client

What we specialize in:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) treatment
  • Exposure and response prevention (EX/RP; ERP)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Medication Treatment for OCD

Our OCD treatment studies:

All evaluations and treatment provided is at no cost to you and is delivered by our team of dedicated clinicians. We offer a variety of treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) consisting of exposure and response or ritual prevention (EX/RP or ERP), novel medications, and new ways of delivering CBT (e.g., via the internet). These treatments are available for individuals who have not received treatment, who have received treatment, and those who have not benefited from standard treatment.

For more information about these studies and the treatment of OCD at our center, click here!

If you are currently on medications for OCD and are interested in treatment or more information, please contact: Stephanie Chen at (646) 774-8062 or 

If you are not on medications and are interested in treatment or more information, please contact: Rachel Middleton at (646) 774-8138 or 

Our team:

Our center is led by Dr. Helen Blair Simpson (M.D., Ph.D.) who is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and an Attending Psychiatrist at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Simpson is a world-renowned expert in OCD, trained in both the pharmacological and psychological treatment of this disorder. She leads an outstanding team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and research coordinators. Between our therapists, we have decades of experience treating OCD and related disorders. Each is a specialist in OCD and can be considered among the best in the country.

Click here to learn more about our team!

Our history:

The Center for OCD and Related Disorders is part of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. The Anxiety Disorders Clinic was founded in 1982 and is one of the oldest research groups in the country to study anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. Our research is funded primarily by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), non-profit foundations, and philanthropy gifts.

Our collaborators:

We collaborate with many leading experts, including Dr. Edna Foa (the author of “Stop Obsessing”) at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Moira Rynn, Director of the Division of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Dr. David Goldstein at the Institute of Genomic Medicine at Columbia University.

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