Led by Jon Hershfield, MFT, The OCD & Anxiety Center is a private pay outpatient center devoted to the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders.

The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore has joined Sheppard Pratt, the nation's largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health services.

Get to know our therapists specializing in OCD and related disorders.

Learn about different forms of OCD and some of the treatment methods we use at The OCD & Anxiety Center.

The OCD & Anxiety Center

At The OCD & Anxiety Center, we provide specialized, evidence-based care grounded in compassion and the belief that our clients are capable of learning the tools for developing mastery over OCD and working toward a more joyful life.

Our treatment philosophy is one of collaboration with the client, forming an alliance against the disorder, and empowering the individual to pursue a life of his/her own values without OCD dictating what can and cannot be achieved

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, treatable mental health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by obsessions, which are repeated, unwanted, intrusive thoughts, and compulsions, which are behaviors aimed at reducing the discomfort associated with these thoughts. Compulsions (a.k.a. rituals) can be physical, such as washing or cleaning, or they can be mental or covert, such as excessive analysis, reassurance seeking, or thought-neutralizing strategies.

A disorder is not a character flaw or personality defect. A disorder is simply something that is out of order. We all have unwanted thoughts from time to time and we all have rituals that save us time and energy. When this “normal” experience of coping with unwanted thoughts and rituals begins to impair functioning, causes severe anxiety, takes up significant time, and steals the enjoyment from work, leisure, and relationships, then we call it a dis-order. Fortunately, this disorder is well understood and research over the years has provided us with safe and effective evidenced-based therapies that can help you develop mastery over OCD.

Common OCD-Related Concerns That We Treat:

Contamination OCD

Common obsessions: fear of germs, bodily fluids, chemicals, or other “contaminants”

Common compulsions: excessive washing, cleaning, reassurance-seeking and avoiding

Hyper-Responsibility OCD

Common obsessions: fear of making a mistake, causing a tragedy

Common compulsions: excessive checking of light switches, stove, appliances

Just Right OCD

Common obsessions: fear of not being able to tolerate specific feelings without certain conditions

Common compulsions: repeating routine behaviors, arranging/ordering, checking/repeating writing and reading, homework, or work tasks

Hypochondria/Health Anxiety OCD

Common obsessions: fear of having or catching illnesses

Common compulsions: checking body for symptoms, excessive googling/researching symptoms, excessive reassurance seeking or avoidance of medical professionals/procedures

Harm OCD

Common obsessions: fear of committing violence against self or others, fear of “snapping” and causing harm, intrusive violent thoughts

Common compulsions: avoidance of triggering media, mental review/checking of violent thoughts, reassurance, avoidance of triggering environments

Sexual Orientation OCD

Common obsessions: fear of changing sexual orientation or of being in denial of sexual orientation, intrusive sexual thoughts related to orientation

Common compulsions: checking for arousal in triggering situations, avoidance of triggering situations, excessive mental review of sexual themes

Pedophile Obsessions

Common obsessions: fear of being sexually attracted to children or fear of being a sexual predator, intrusive thoughts about children

Common compulsions: checking for arousal in triggering situations, avoidance of triggering situations, excessive mental review of behavior around children

Relationship OCD

Common obsessions: fear of being in the wrong or imperfect relationship, fear of not being in love with partner or choosing the wrong partner

Common compulsions: checking for “love feelings,” avoiding triggering situations, excessive mental review of qualities of relationship

Religious Scrupulosity OCD

Common obsessions: fear of religious blasphemy, sin, or of exercising faith inadequately, unwanted intrusive thoughts of a religious nature

Common compulsions: compulsive prayer, excessive review of religious concepts, avoidance of triggering situations, excessive performance of religious rituals

Moral Scrupulosity OCD

Common obsessions: fear of being morally imperfect, fear of being dishonest, fear of committing, having committed, or being accused of an immoral or disloyal act

Common compulsions: mental review of memories or perceived bad acts, excessive attention to issues of honesty or morality, reassurance-seeking about moral issues

Phobias

Common obsessions: focused fear of specific triggers, such as throwing up (emetophobia), small spaces (claustrophobia), open spaces (agoraphobia), specific animals or environments

Common compulsions: avoiding triggers directly or indirectly, various rituals designed to feel certain that triggers will not occur

Social Anxiety

Common obsessions: fear of being evaluated negatively by others, fear of public speaking, fear of being humiliated in public, fear of not being able to connect with others socially

Common compulsions: avoidance of social situations, mental review of social interactions, excessive comparison of self to others

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Common obsessions: fear of being unattractive or of having a physical deformity

Common compulsions: excessive weighing, mirror checking, ritualized eating, checking of specific body parts

Panic Disorder

Common obsessions: presence of panic attacks and fear of having panic attacks

Common compulsions: avoiding situations that could trigger attacks, avoiding environments that do not have easy escapes

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Common obsessions: excessive and impairing fear/worry associated with everyday issues such as work, finance, relationships and responsibilities, fear of becoming anxious

Common compulsions: mental review, reassurance seeking, over-preparing, perfectionism, avoiding situations that may produce anxiety

Hyper-awareness/Sensorimotor OCD

Common obsessions: fear of not being able to stop attending to breathing, blinking, swallowing, thinking, or other semi-voluntary behaviors

Common compulsions: checking for awareness, excessive distracting, reassurance seeking about symptoms or about what is normal

Meet Our Therapists

  • Jon Hershfield, MFT

    Director, The OCD & Anxiety Center
    Specialties:
    Anxiety Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Brenda Kijesky, LCMFT

    Therapist, The OCD & Anxiety Center
    Specialties:
    Anxiety Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Molly Schiffer, LCPC

    Therapist, The OCD & Anxiety Center
    Specialties:
    Anxiety Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What forms of insurance do you accept?
The OCD & Anxiety Center is a private pay program and does not participate with any forms of insurance. We can provide superbills for out-of-network coverage; please check with your insurance provider as to whether you have out-of-network benefits.

Do you offer international telehealth consultations?
No, we do not.

Can you provide clinical advice via email?
No, we cannot provide any clinical advice via email.

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