Lawrence D. Needleman PhD


Emeritus Associate Professor, OSU Dept of Psychiatry

Columbus OCD and Anxiety Clinic
5151 Reed Rd, Ste. 200, Bldg A
Columbus, Ohio 43220
ADA Accessible
Narrative of Services:

Treated more than 1000 OCD patients over 25+ years; currently, 90% practice with OCD. Combine the latest proven methods that enhance and motivate ERP/CBT work with empathic, collaborative and respectful style. Build individualized treatments based on clients’ strengths. Focus on enhancing motivation to make rapid progress (12-session protocol usually) in ERP. Give clients option to do ERP vs. Inference-Based CBT. Seek not just symptom reduction but also quality-of-life improvement and long-term maintenance. Expertise in RTM, a very brief effective treatment of PTSD, often associated with OCD.

Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders:

Skin picking, hairpulling, OCPD, anxiety disorders of all kinds, including PTSD. Extensively trained and certified in a new highly-effective research-based treatment called the Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories protocol. See

Training Description:

25+ years treating OCD. Predoctoral internship at CWRU/UHC and in postdoctoral fellowship (University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy), I was training extensively in the treatment of OCD. I assisted in an intensive 2-day treatment program for people with severe OCD led by a national OCD expert (Reid Wilson, PhD). In my highly acclaimed book, “Cognitive Case Conceptualization,” OCD was a major focus. In addition, I was the former Director of CBT Training in Dept of Psychiatry at OSU, where I trained advanced students in OCD treatment. I also have extensive training in treating PTSD/trauma.

Diversity Statement:

I have worked extensively with diverse patients (African American, Appalachian, senior citizens, LGBTQ & range of socio-economic contexts) My mission is to empower individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds to achieve their goals of reduced suffering from OCD and anxiety disorders. I am dedicated to creating an environment where multicultural clients feel respected, cared for, and understood, enabling all people to maximize their responses to evidence-based treatment.