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Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Complex Young People

Presented by Ginny Fullerton, Ph.D. 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a heterogeneous and potentially debilitating problem that may co-occur with a number of other problems, including depressive, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Factors such as social stigma, lack of awareness, and shame may hinder disclosure and identification of OCD, particularly when care is initially sought for another presenting problem. However, if identified and addressed, there is a high potential for symptom relief. Treatment outcome research consistently supports the effectiveness of exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or a combination of CBT and medication to treat OCD across ages and clinical presentations. This talk will begin with an overview of OCD symptom subtypes, neurological correlates, and co-morbid conditions. Essential ingredients of CBT for OCD will be discussed, including exposure and response prevention (E/RP), restructuring common faulty beliefs, and mindfulness. Finally, the presentation will offer considerations in the treatment of OCD with a comorbid substance use disorder, including tips for identifying and reducing commonly seen complicating factors.

When: Thursday, November 17, 12:00-1:30pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Sage Recovery & Wellness Center (Westlake)

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Meet our presenter, Dr. Ginny Fullerton

dr-fullerton Dr. Fullerton is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas with over a decade of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults. Her clinical background includes a significant emphasis on cognitive and behavioral interventions for anxiety and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Fullerton earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston in 2007 and completed her residency at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute. Following postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, she worked at The Menninger Clinic OCD program and the Houston OCD Program, providing residential and intensive outpatient treatment for severe OCD and anxiety disorders. She is the President and founding member of HOAP and serves an Ambassador with OCD Texas. Dr. Fullerton has published research findings and presented at numerous international and local conferences on evidence-based treatments and assessments. She currently lives and practices in Austin, Texas. For more information on current services, please visit


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