Hi I am looking for help for my son. He is a senior in High School and began having outward OCD symptoms last year. We live in Stroudsburg PA and are having trouble finding a therapist who is knowledgeable about exposure therapy. He did enroll in a program through Fordham University via skype this past summer. It was a 5 day program of twice daily therapy sessions. WHile this program helped my son, he still is in need of continued exposure therapy. I am wondering if you have an advice towards finding a therapist near us, or if your program would have and opening in the summer? His symptoms are mostly germ and dust fears, but also has irrational fears about contamination by harmless things or contamination of "unguarded objects". He washes his hands excessively, throws away clothing and belongings he feels are contaminated. He continually asks me questions about objects being ok to touch even though he knows it's ok. For example he'll ask me if it's ok to touch a sandwich that was wrapped in aluminum foil. He has also become afraid of his own compulsions. For example he is afraid of hand sanitizer and at one point paper towels. He was afraid of contracting poison ivy then became afraid of poison ivy lotion.
He is distracted at school and his grades are down, failing several subjects. When I try to do exposures with him he often fights me in a way he would not or did not with a therapist.
Sorry this post is so long, but I had a "normal son" a year ago and I am at my wits end. It is as if his brain has stopped working. I appreciate any advice!