OCD North is a specialized mental health clinic located in Barrie, Ontario, and expanding across Canada. Founded in September 2018, OCD North was sparked by an obvious need for care and support of individuals and families with lived experiences of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Our clinic, driven by a team of social workers who are experts and visionaries, combines care, collaboration, evidence-based practices, and connection to provide treatment services, learning resources, and various kinds of support. OCD North has developed an MSW field education competency program to increase awareness of and access to, best-practices for OCD. Each year, we host Master of Social Work Students from universities around the world.
OCD North strives to create a safe space for individuals and families living with OCD and desiring to journey towards recovery. To make this a reality, our clinic adheres to Exposure and Response Prevention (Ex/RP) treatment protocol – the evidence-based, best practice treatment for OCD. Using Ex/RP, OCD North continues to cultivate a community filled with action, support, and hopefulness about overcoming OCD. We take every opportunity to raise awareness of the impacts of OCD and reduce the stigma associated with the disorder. We are proud to foster an environment where our staff, students, clients, and volunteers are empowered to tolerate uncertainty, stand up to fear daily, and overcome OCD.
OCD North offers the following services to our community:
• A virtual, monthly peer-led support group for parents and guardians of children with OCD, open to clients of OCD North and those who are not currently receiving service.
• Family sessions to decrease conflict and increase support and understanding related to OCD; to address family accommodation behaviours and provide parents with supplemental ERP strategies.
• Parent only treatment options: Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) is offered but supplemented with evidence-based best practice for OCD.
• Peer Mentorship Program matching OCD North ERP graduates with those not yet receiving treatment through OCD North or other clinics, struggling in their recovery journey, or needing additional support.
OCD Specialists at this clinic:
- Merrisa Bragg, MSW, RSW
- Teresa Harris, MSW, RSW
Melissa Walker, MSW, RSW
- Sarah Bryson, MSW, RSW