Local Resources

The IOCDF’s comprehensive online Resource Directory includes treatment providers, support groups, clinics & programs, as well as other organizations that specialize in OCD and related disorders. The directory is searchable by location and will list results in order to proximity to the location searched.

To find local resources to central and south florida, simply visit www.iocdf.org/find-help and enter in your zip code. Results can be narrowed based on populations services, treatment strategies, specialty areas, payment options, etc.

Access the Resource Directory here.


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Local Support Groups

OCD and Related Disorder Support Groups in Central and South Florida
*Disclaimer: This affiliate list support groups we are aware of in the local area, yet the below listed support groups are not the affiliate’s support groups. We work to keep the information as up-to-date as possible to inform members of our catchment area of relevant resources.

Adult OCD Support Group
First Thursday of every month at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Free of Charge, Professionally Led
West Boca Medical Center
21644 State Road 7 Boca Raton, FL 33428
(Located Inside Physician’s Dining Room in Cafeteria)
Enter via Main Entrance, Bring a Picture ID
For More Details, please contact the Neurobehavioral Institute (NBI) at (954) 217-1757 or https://www.nbiweston.com/groups/

General OCD Support Group (open to everyone)
Third Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Free of Charge, Professionally Led
Neurobehavioral Institute
2233 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 3
Weston, FL 33326
For More Details, please contact the Neurobehavioral Institute (NBI) at (954) 217-1757 or https://www.nbiweston.com/groups/

Palm Beach Gardens OCD Support Group for Adults
This is a free, professionally-led group open to adults (18+) with OCD at any stage of recovery (e.g., recently diagnosed, in treatment, not in treatment). Attendees are expected to maintain the confidentiality of other attendees. Professionals must obtain approval from Dr. Seay before attending.  Check out our events calendar for specific meeting dates (usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm).
Center for Psychological & Behavioral Science
11380 Prosperity Farms Road, Suite 209A
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.steveseay.com/events

Palm Beach Gardens OCD Support Group for Kids & Teens
This is a free, professionally-led group open to children and teens with OCD at any stage of recovery (e.g., recently diagnosed, in treatment, not in treatment). Parents are also welcome to attend.  Attendees are expected to maintain the confidentiality of other attendees. Professionals must obtain approval from Dr. Seay before attending.  Check out our events calendar for specific meeting dates (usually meets on the second Monday or Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm).
Center for Psychological & Behavioral Science
11380 Prosperity Farms Road, Suite 209A
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.steveseay.com/events

Women with OCD Support Group
Location: Harbor Community Church 2300 43rd Street West Bradenton, Florida 34209; enter at the south office door
Meeting day and time: First Monday of each month
Open To: Women diagnosed with OCD
Free of charge
Description: Our group’s goal is to encourage one another through the ups and downs of OCD and to live a life based upon our personal values. This group is led by Emily.

ACTivate OCD Support Group
Location: 1155 Louisiana Avenue, Suite 112 Winter Park, Florida 32789
Meeting day and time: Mondays at 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm. (Effective June 3, 2019).
Open To: Adults with OCD and Associated Disorders
Free of Charge
Description: The purpose of the group is to provide a safe place for people with OCD to share with others struggling with OCD while learning about OCD and effective treatments. Unlike typical support groups, the ACTivate OCD Support Group will also integrate concepts from Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). While the group is not an OCD therapy/treatment group, ACT has proven effective in helping people with OCD and other issues and problems that come with OCD. The ACT concepts learned in the group can also help people struggling with the challenges of everyday life.  This group is facilitated by Michael Manchester MA, LMHC, NCC.

Click here to search the IOCDF Resource Directory to find additional support groups.


Local Research Studies

*Disclaimer: OCDCSFL is not affiliated with any of the following studies, although we ensure that all research studies listed on this page have been reviewed and approved by an Internal Review Board (IRB). We do our best to keep this list up-to-date, but please contact the research institutions directly to confirm the status of any studies you are interested in.

If you are interested in submitting information regarding support groups and/or research studies to be added to our website, please provide required information for support groups (e.g., dates, time, location, contact person), and for research studies (e.g., brief description of study, requirements for participation, duration of time in which study will be ongoing, contact person). Please email this information to us at info@ocdcsfl.org. If you are providing information about a research study, please also email us a document indicating your IRB approval, as we will need that for our records.

Tampa Bay, FL Research:

For more information on studies please call (727) 767-8230 to speak to a study coordinator.

Screening Mental Health, Behavior and Movements in Children (IRB# Pro00037340): This study is for all children ages 4-17 years old and is a survey/interview which provides a comprehensive mental health screening to participants. This also includes a brief interview where we administer the YGTSS and KSADS (tic portion only). We are currently doing screenings at the USF General Pediatrics Clinic at 17 Davis Blvd. in Tampa. Participants will receive $50 after completion of first visit and an additional $100 after completion of the one year follow up.

Treatment of Anxiety in Late Adolescents with Autism-Phase 2 (TALAA-2) ( IRB# Pro00037613): This study is for young adults ages 15-21 with an autism spectrum diagnosis, verbal IQ >70, and diagnosed anxiety disorder. Participant will receive up to 16 session/60 minute adapted CBT treatment sessions (provided at no cost) specialized for late adolescents with ASD. Participants will then complete a 3 month follow up assessment once treatment is complete, where they will be compensated $50.   This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (800 6th St S.) in St. Petersburg .

Transdiagnostic Tourette Treatment (IRB# Pro00027141): This study is for children ages 7-17 who are diagnosed with Tourettes and have another co-morbid externalizing and/or internalizing disorder. Participants who meet the criteria during their screening come for therapy once a week. Therapy sessions can go up to 15-28 sessions depending on the needs of the participant. Participants will receive $50 upon completion of the post treatment assessment, and treatment will be provided at no cost. This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (800 6th St S.) in St. Petersburg.

Modular Treatment for Preschool Anxiety (PIPA) (IRB# Pro00022196): This study is for children ages 3 to 7 years old with anxiety based concerns. Participants will receive 12, 60 minute parent-training intervention therapy sessions (provided at no cost) to assist in addressing emotional and behavioral problems in young children. Subjects will receive $25 compensation for each follow up assessment completed. This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (800 6th St S.) in St. Petersburg.

Roche Aviation Study (Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder) (IRB# ProBP30153): A Phase II Multi-Center, Randomized, Double-Blind, 24-Week, 3-Arm Parallel Group, Placebo-Controlled Study to Investigate The Efficacy And Safety of Balovaptan (RO5385119) in Children And Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is currently open to children ages 5 to 17 years old diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and IQ score of 70 or above to participate in the double blind study and rollover open label extension (to those who have completed the double blind 24-week treatment period or were required to stop dosing at or before week 8 with no adverse side effects). Total duration of the study is approximately 87 weeks from screening to study completion. The study drug is suggested to improve socialization and communication domains in children with ASD. This study is sponsored by F. Hoffman-LaRoche, Ltd. The central IRB is Advarra. This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (800 6th St S.) in St. Petersburg.

Otsuka Study (Treatment for Tourette Syndrome) (IRB# Pro000503): The study includes an initial open-label treatment period for 12-20 weeks and a blinded randomization period (1:1:1ratio) for the remainder of the study. This study is for adolescents ages 6 to 17 years old. This study is sponsored by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Inc. It is a randomized, placebo-control trial to evaluate the long-term (that is, maintenance) efficacy of oral aripiprazole in the treatment of pediatric subjects with Tourette’s Disorder.  The central IRB is Advarra. This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (800 6th St S.) in St. Petersburg.

Tic Treatment Preference Study (IRB# Pro00031015): An examination of treatment preference in pediatric Tourette’s and tic disorder population for parents seeking treatment for a child with the diagnosis of Tourette syndrome, other chronic tic disorder, or provisional tic disorder and are actively receiving treatment with a clinician at the Rothman Center. Families will receive a $10 target gift card for completing the screening. This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (800 6th St S.) in St. Petersburg.

Handwriting in Children and Adolescents with Tic Disorder (IRB# Pro00025799): This study examines the handwriting of children and adolescents with Tic Disorder. It includes children between the ages of 6 to 17 years old with the presence of motor/and or vocal tics with an estimate IQ of 70 or higher. Requires one 30 minute study visit (no cost to the family). This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (800 6th St S.) in St. Petersburg.

Miami, FL Research:

The Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program (CAMAT) (IRB# 20130139): This is a research and training program treating children and adolescents ages 6-17 with anxiety, depression, or OCD via individual and group therapy. There is a charge for this treatment based on a sliding scale, income based fee structure. Treatment is located on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. Contact (305) 284-9852, Ext. 1 for more information.