Hello! I'm Erin.

After my own battle with OCD, I made it my mission to provide individuals with evidence-based treatment and raise awareness of the lesser known symptoms found in obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. According to the International OCD Foundation, estimates indicate that it can take 14-17 years for individuals to get the appropriate diagnosis of OCD and receive effective treatment. Through education and advocacy, I hope to spread understanding of the disorder and expand the availability of exposure therapy.

My approach to treatment is evidence based, active, and goal oriented. I value a strong interpersonal and therapeutic relationship to create a safe environment that is free of judgement. I work to collaborate with individuals to tailor a treatment plan that best fits their needs and goals.

If you have OCD or anxiety, please find a therapist who specializes in ERP. Talk therapy can actually make OCD and some anxiety symptoms worse! The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) provides questions to help you find qualified ERP therapists. Visit the IOCDF website to learn more.

Erin Venker, MA, LPCC | OCD Therapist

Erin Venker, MA, LPCC | OCD Therapist

Read interviews with Erin on alisondotson.com and jackieleasommers.com

Treatment

I specialize in treating a range of anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder, hypochondriasis, and other anxiety related disorders. I utilize evidence-based treatments, including exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), the evidence-based treatment for OCD and anxiety. I have experience working with individuals suffering from excessive rumination and doubt, perfectionism, repetitive unwanted thoughts or images, ritualistic or superstitious behaviors, and fears of contamination.

Treated Disorders

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Agoraphobia
  • Body-Dysmorphic Disorder

Treatment Modalities

  • Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Treatment Formats

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Intensive Psychotherapy
  • Online Psychotherapy
  • Out-of-Office Therapy / In-Home Sessions
  • Professional Consultation
  • Psychoeducation Classes

Erin is thoughtful, patient, caring and understanding. At the same time, she is tough, helpful and persistent in pushing people to get better. She has the perfect balance of care and compassion/tough love and insistence toward healing. Cannot recommend enough!!!

Scheduling

Need to schedule an appointment? At this time I do not offer online scheduling. To schedule a first or follow-up appointment, please contact me.

Need to cancel an appointment? All appointments must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance. Missed appointments, or those cancelled within 24 hours of the appointment will be charged the full session fee for the missed appointment. Late cancellation fees and missed appointment fees are not reimbursed by insurance companies.

I can’t even put into words how much Erin has helped me with my agoraphobia and anxiety. She turned my world upside down and in a good way. I am so thankful for her. I am starting to live again.

Rates, Payment & Insurance

Rates

My rate is currently $135 for 45 minute session. I also offer sliding scale options. If you require longer sessions, home visits, or additional weekly appointments, pricing will be discussed.

Fees for group therapy are $60 per group. You may also purchase a group package at a discounted rate:

  • $440 for 8 group sessions (2 months)
  • $800 for 16 group sessions (4 months)

We accept cash, check, and credit cards.

Payment

You will be asked to provide credit card information to book your first session. Payment schedules for successive visits will be discussed at the first session.

Please cancel appointments 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, you will be charged the full session fee for the missed appointment. This applies to the first session as well.

Late cancellation fees and missed appointment fees are not reimbursed by insurance companies.

Insurance

I am out-of-network with insurance companies, however I can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Contact your insurance company to understand your out-of-network benefits. Reimbursement will depend on your insurance plan.

There are many advantages to using private pay for therapy. Due to the rising costs of health-care, insurance benefits have increasingly become more complex. Self-pay ensures that your records and diagnoses are entirely confidential documents, as we will not have to submit them to insurance or a third-party payer.

Due to the nature of exposure therapy, treatment often involves appointments that need to be longer than an hour, and may involve multiple sessions a week, at-home sessions, video sessions, and/or public exposures. Self-pay allows for greater freedom in the type(s), availability, and duration of treatment to get to the root of the problems you are facing, which greatly increases the efficacy and personalization of treatment.

The resources below provide more information about out-of-network coverage, understanding your mental health benefits, and submitting to insurance for reimbursement.

Fight For Your Rights - InsuranceIOCDF On Navigating Insurance

I am at a place in my mental health that I never saw possible! While ERP was horrifying at times it turned my world around. I am able to live my life as a normal college student with little to no worries. I continue to carry the tools I learned in case I need them. Erin is hands down the best therapist I have ever had. She has had such a positive impact on my life.

Resources

Books on OCD

  • The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD
  • Everyday Mindfulness for OCD
  • Overcoming Harm OCD
  • Freedom From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts
  • Getting Over OCD
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adults
  • Exposure Therapy for Anxiety
  • Brain Lock
  • Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals
  • Talking Back to OCD

For Family Members

  • When a Family Member Has OCD
  • Loving Someone with OCD
  • Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • The Highly Sensitive Child
  • Helping Your Anxious Child

Body-Focused Disorders

  • The Broken Mirror
  • The Body Image Workbook
  • A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder: Effective Parenting Strategies for Helping Children with Trichotillomania
  • The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania
  • Help for Hairpullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania
  • https://pickingme.org (website)

Other Helpful Reading

  • The Highly Sensitive Person
  • The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook
  • ​Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  • The Chemistry of Calm
  • The Chemistry of Joy Workbook
  • ​The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety
  • ​The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Never Good Enough

Mobile Apps

Apps available for iOS + Android

Contact

If you need to get in touch, please use our contact form. Be sure to include either your phone number or email so we can get back to you.

Please only use the contact form on this website to:

  • Request a call back
  • Ask questions about the OCD treatment process, conditions treated and services provided
  • Ask me general questions about services or payments

For messages that require personal information you do not feel comfortable sending through this website, please call Erin Venker at (612) 730-5209 and leave a message. Calls will be returned in a timely manner.

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