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

  • Last Tuesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
  • Free of Charge; led by Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
  • Review therapeutic principals of OCD treatment; build connections in a supportive environment
  • 5300 W. Hillsborough Blvd, Suite 210, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
  • Sign up by contacting (561) 600-1424 or homeforbalance@gmail.com

Adult OCD Support Group

  • First Thursday of every month from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Free of Charge, Led by Doctoral Level Clinician
  • 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)-280-3226 or https://www.nbiweston.com/groups/

OCD Support Group for Children, Families, and Individuals

  • Third Wednesday of every month from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Free of Charge, Led by Doctoral Level Clinician
  • Neurobehavioral Institute, 2233 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 3, Weston, FL 33326
  • For More Details, please contact the Neurobehavioral Institute (NBI) at (954) 280-3226 or https://www.nbiweston.com/groups/

OCD Spanish Support Group for Children, Families, and Individuals

  • First Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Free of Charge, Spanish Spoken, Led by Doctoral Level Clinician
  • Neurobehavioral Institute, 2233 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 3, Weston, FL 33326
  • For More Details, please contact the Neurobehavioral Institute (NBI) at (954) 280-3226 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). Attendees are expected to maintain the confidentiality of other attendees.

  • Professionals must obtain approval from Dr. Seay before attending. 
  • Check out the events calendar at the below website for specific meeting dates (specific times/dates vary based on attendee availability).
  • 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

This 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. We utilize our Facebook Group to share articles or helpful information and will plan to occasionally meet casually to support and encourage one another.

  • Meeting day and time: occasionally; email or call for upcoming dates
  • Open To: Women diagnosed with OCD
  • Contact: Emily Buskirk
  • Harbor Community Church Bradenton, Florida 34209
  • Phone: 941-737-6290; email: erbuskirk@gmail.com

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 ( Bayfront Medical Plaza, 601 7th Street S, Suite 425 ) in St. Petersburg .

CALM Study (IRB# SCT-MD-60): The primary objective of this study is to assess the safety and efficacy of escitalopram relative to a placebo in the acute treatment of children (ages 7 – 11 years old) and adolescents (ages 12 – 17 years old) who meet criteria for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (Bayfront Medical Plaza, 601 7th Street S, Suite 425 ) 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 ( Bayfront Medical Plaza, 601 7th Street S, Suite 425 ) 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 ( Bayfront Medical Plaza, 601 7th Street S, Suite 425 ) in St. Petersburg.

D1amond Study Tourettes Syndrome (IRB# EBS-101-CL-001/EBS-101-OL-001 ) : This clinical study is researching an investigational drug (ecopipam) in children and adolescents ages 6-17 with Tourette’s syndrome. This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (Bayfront Medical Plaza, 601 7th Street S, Suite 425 ) 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 ( Bayfront Medical Plaza, 601 7th Street S, Suite 425 ) 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 ( Bayfront Medical Plaza, 601 7th Street S, Suite 425 ) in St. Petersburg.

U-HEAR Unified Protocol to Help Emotions and Promote Auditory Relief (IRB# Pro00042498): This study is for children and adolescents ages 8-16 years old that may have sound sensitivity (misophonia) and are interested in therapy. Participation includes screening for eligibility and informed consent, initial evaluation, 2 additional assessments, and 10 free therapy sessions. The treatment process will take about 3 months to complete. Both the child and the parent/guardian will need to participate. This study is being conducted at the Rothman Center (Bayfront Medical Plaza, 601 7th Street S, Suite 425 ) in St. Petersburg .

Miami, FL Research:

U-HEAR Unified Protocol to Help Emotions and Promote Auditory Relief (IRB #20191236): This study is for children and adolescents ages 8-16 years old that may have sound sensitivity (misophonia) and are interested in therapy. Participation includes screening for eligibility and informed consent, an interview, surveys, and 10 weekly, 1-hour, free therapy sessions. Contact the University of Miami’s Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program at anxietylab@psy.miami.edu or call 305-284-9852 ext 1 for more information.