Lawrence D. Needleman, PhD, ABPP

Ohio State University Behavioral Health
1800 Zollinger Road
Columbus, Ohio 43221

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

Training Description:

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.

Diversity Statement:

In our OSU outpatient client, the people we treat are of all socioeconomic circumstances, genders, ethnicities, ages, and religions.