Once you have identified a therapist who has expertise and experience in the treatment of OCD using exposure and response prevention, you’ll want to check to see if that therapist accepts your insurance.

If not, call your insurance company to inquire about out-of-network benefits; some insurance plans will reimburse you for a portion of the cost of therapy. In addition, you may want to discuss the need for specific treatment for OCD in the form of exposure and response prevention (ERP) to see whether it is possible to receive a higher rate of reimbursement for services (sometimes called a single-case agreement).

Often there are very few qualified therapists in an area who offer ERP. And going to an in-network therapist who has little expertise or experience in this area could result in a lack of progress, as well as symptoms that simply continue to worsen.

Phillip J. Seibell, MD
Rogers Behavioral Health–Tampa Bay


Updated September 2016