Specialists in OCD & Anxiety (SOAR), PLLC
Specialists in OCD & Anxiety Recovery (SOAR), PLLC, is a private specialty practice founded in 2018 by licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Molly Martinez. Dr. Martinez is a regular presenter at national and international OCD conferences, including IOCDF (https://iocdf.org/programs/conferences), ADAA (adaa.org), and the Latin American Congress on OCD (https://congresodeltoclatino.com). The entire SOAR team has extensive training and experience in treating the many and varied manifestations of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and OCD-related disorders (OCRDs). Our clinicians are licensed to practice in-person or via telehealth in Texas and via telehealth; Dr. Martinez is also licensed in Hawaii and any PsyPact state (https://psypact.org/mpage/psypactmap).
SOAR is dedicated to providing treatment for OCD and anxiety that is backed by scientific evidence, with a strong emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). SOAR offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our clients’ individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for. For disorders which require unique interventions, we utilize evidence-based treatments such as Combined Behavioral Intervention (ComB) for body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for tics/Tourette disorder (CBIT). In order to help patients develop and maintain unique skills that help address presenting concerns, SOAR clinicians pull from other empirically-supported approaches such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), the Coping Cat protocol for childhood/adolescent anxiety, the Unified Protocol (a transdiagnostic treatment for mental health disorders), CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I), functional analysis, and Inference-Based CBT (I-CBT). When appropriate, SOAR clinicians offer in-home and community-based therapy. Given the nature and severe functional impairment of OCD, administering treatment “where OCD lives” can revolutionize patient recovery and provide the real-time support individuals need to boost their confidence and courage to face their fears.
SOAR clinicians know how to recognize and treat the many, varied manifestations of OCD. At intake, we provide a thorough diagnostic assessment to identify the presenting problem and any other comorbid conditions. OCD often looks very different from its stereotype of perfectionism, cleanliness, and hyper-organization. In addition to these more known OCD presentations, we also regularly see individuals struggling with violent/sexual/taboo intrusive thoughts, religious preoccupations or other forms of scrupulosity, sensori-motor obsessions, relationship OCD, sexual-orientation OCD, existential OCD, false memory OCD, harm OCD, “just right” OCD, disgust-based (rather than fear-based) OCD, and OCD involving mental (rather than behavioral) compulsions (ie, “Pure OCD”). The OCRDs we commonly treat include health anxiety disorder (previously “hypochondria”), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), hair pulling and skin-picking and other BFRBs, panic attacks, tic/Tourette disorder, hoarding disorder, and obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Anxiety disorders that we specialize in treating include: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), separation anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, selective mutism, social anxiety disorders, and agoraphobia.
SOAR is out-of-network with insurance. It is important to note, however, that there is an alternative to simply filing for out-of-network benefits (which do not typically reimburse much). Under federal law there is a little known process called a “network deficiency exception” or “gap exception.” Individuals with OCD (and certain other mental health disorders) qualify for this coverage under the 21st Century Cures Act. There are several steps in the process of getting this exception, but you have a legal right to it. With a “network deficiency” or “gap exception,” you would be reimbursed more than an out-of-network service is typically eligible for. I encourage you to visit our website for general steps of the process: https://soartogether.net/2021/03/22/insurance-ocd/
All are welcome at SOAR! We advocate for social justice and practice therapy from a stance that is LGBTQ+ affirming, antiracist, neurodiversity affirming, accepting/honoring of all faiths and walks of life. We have extensive experience working in a large, metropolitan area with populations that are diverse in terms of culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexuality. It is our personal and professional priority to meet each patient where they are and accept them unconditionally. We are open and interested in understanding any and all relevant factors that make each of our patients unique.
Our mission is to support patients, assist families, and provide professional training to increase awareness and understanding about OCD and OCRDs. We aim to help individuals conquer emotional and behavioral challenges and empower them to lead their best lives. Alongside our team of practicing clinicians, we strive to guide you on the path of a life worth celebrating. Only when we take our lives back from OCD, anxiety, and other mental health concerns are we able to live our best lives and truly SOAR!
Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders:
SOAR recognizes that OCD and anxiety disorders are most often accompanied by other mental health symptoms and disorders. While our clinic is best suited for patients whose primary concern is OCD, OCRDs, and/or anxiety disorders, more often than not, these conditions come with a comorbid condition, such as depression, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major life stressors/adjustment disorder, eating disorders and/or alcohol/substance use disorder. SOAR clinicians are trained and experienced in treating these common comorbidities, and we are also poised to recognize when a referral to a different specialist is in the patient’s best interest. We do not treat active and severe eating disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, and personality disorders that are the primary presenting concern. We do see individuals who are currently experiencing these disorders and have impairment in their life related to them.
OCD specialists at this clinic: