Lawrence D. Needleman, PhD, ABPP
Narrative of Services:
For more than 20 years, I have treated many hundreds people with OCD, and in my current practice, 70-80% of my clients suffer from OCD. Therapy typically works best when clinicians integrate state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral therapy [(especially Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP)] with an empathic, respectful, and collaborative style. Much focus is placed on increasing motivation to do the therapy. In addition, I emphasize, not just reducing symptoms, but also living a vital full life. I use a 12-session highly-effective ERP protocol.
In addition to treating OCD, I treat OCPD, excessive perfectionism, and over-controlled personalities. I use research-supported protocols that address core features of these conditions.
Facilities accessible by clients of all mobility levels: Yes
In both my predoctoral internship at Case Western Reserve / University Hospitals of Cleveland and in my postdoctoral fellowship (Directed by Cognitive Therapy founder, Aaron Beck at the University of Pennsylvania), I was training extensively in the treatment of OCD. Also, a national OCD expert (Reid Wilson, PhD) conducted an intensive 2-day treatment program for people with severe OCD–I & 3 other psychologists observed and assisted in this program. In a book that I authored, “Cognitive Case Conceptualization,” OCD was a focus. In addition, I was the former Director of CBT Training in Dept of Psychiatry at OSU.
In our OSU outpatient client, the people we treat are of all socioeconomic circumstances, genders, ethnicities, ages, and religions.