Press Release

OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore Joins Sheppard Pratt


The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore will join Sheppard Pratt on April 30 to help more people get the specialized and compassionate care they need. This will ensure greater access to the resources available for people with OCD and anxiety throughout the region and enable the OCD and Anxiety Center to more effectively treat people. Jon Hershfield, MFT, the current director of the OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore, will continue as director of the OCD and Anxiety Center on Sheppard Pratt’s campus in Towson, Maryland. 

“As part of the Sheppard Pratt community of care, Jon and his team will be able to connect more people with the resources they need to significantly reduce the barriers to OCD treatment,” said Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt. “Now more than ever, there is a need for dedicated programs with renowned expertise to treat OCD, anxiety, and other related disorders.” 

The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore was founded by Hershfield in 2015 and has helped treat hundreds of people with OCD and anxiety disorders throughout Maryland and the country. Brenda Kijesky, LCMFT, and Molly Schiffer, LCPC, both work at the OCD and Anxiety Center and will be joining Hershfield at Sheppard Pratt. 

“My team and I are excited about the opportunity to build on Sheppard Pratt’s proud history of patient-centered care while continuing to advocate for people with OCD and anxiety. By joining the Sheppard Pratt family, we believe we will be able to offer those who struggle with these conditions the best evidence-based treatment possible,” said Hershfield. 

Prior to founding the OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore, Hershfield was the associate director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program at Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and a psychotherapist for the OCD Center of Los Angeles. An accomplished author, Hershfield has published numerous books about mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy in relation to OCD treatment. Hershfield is a member of the International OCD Foundation, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy clinical fellow. 

About Sheppard Pratt

Sheppard Pratt is the largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, developmental disability, special education, and social services in the country. A nationwide resource, Sheppard Pratt provides services across a comprehensive continuum of care, spanning both hospital- and community-based resources. Since its founding in 1853, Sheppard Pratt has been innovating the field through research, best practice implementation, and a focus on improving the quality of mental health care on a global level. Sheppard Pratt has been consistently ranked as a top national psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 30 years.