Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects up to 3 million Americans. If you’re limited by the obsessive thoughts and repetitive behaviors OCD causes, you can find high-quality care at Desert Bolt Behavioral in Phoenix, Arizona. Valery Nkendong, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, and the skilled medical providers specialize in OCD evaluations in-office and through an online teletherapy platform. They design treatment plans using psychotherapy, medications, and other strategies to reduce the frequency and severity of OCD symptoms. Call the office to schedule an OCD consultation or book an appointment online today.

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What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition where patterns of intrusive thoughts and fears (obsessions) cause an urge to perform repetitive behaviors (compulsions). For instance, OCD can trigger an extreme fear of germs that leads to showering multiple times a day.

Obsessions and compulsions can be severe and ultimately disrupt your relationships and ability to succeed at school and work. They can also lead to anxiety and depression if not managed.

Desert Bolt Behavioral offers comprehensive care for adults and children with OCD symptoms. The medical team performs diagnostic screenings in-office and through an online teletherapy platform.

The providers also specialize in treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to help you learn how to better manage OCD obsessions and compulsions.

When should I seek treatment for OCD?

Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Desert Bolt Behavioral if you experience symptoms of OCD-related obsessions like:

  • Intense need for order
  • Fear of germs and contamination
  • Inability to tolerate uncertainty
  • Unwanted thoughts about sex, religion, or other topics
  • Aggressive thoughts about self-harm or harming others

Compulsions that result can include:

  • Constantly washing your hands or cleaning
  • Repeatedly checking things around your home
  • Adhering to a strict routine
  • Counting in patterns

You may also feel an intense need to touch objects a certain number of times to relieve stressful urges.

Your provider reviews your personal and family medical histories and assesses your symptoms during an evaluation. Based on the severity of your condition, they create a treatment plan to relieve OCD symptoms and prevent your condition from worsening.

How is OCD treated?

Desert Bolt Behavioral offers customized treatment plans to manage the symptoms of OCD. Your treatment may include:


Psychotherapy helps you understand your obsessions and provides tools to resist the intense urges to perform repetitive behaviors. Therapy can also help you cope with the mental and emotional effects that OCD can cause.


Medications are available to control OCD-related obsessions and compulsions. The team offers medication management services to monitor your use of psychiatric drugs and ensure they work well for symptom relief.

Your provider also discusses lifestyle and diet changes to support your overall wellness. During follow-up visits in-office or online, they monitor your treatment progress and make changes as needed.

Call Desert Bolt Behavioral to schedule an OCD consultation or book an appointment online today.