Diagnosing and Treatment

Part 1 and Part 2 (8 CEUs) - $250.00 on February 25, 2022 and March 25, 2022

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a biological disorder characterized by bizarre obsessions followed by internal or external compulsions with the purpose of neutralizing the anxiety created by the obsessions.  The gold standard for treating OCD is Exposure Response Prevention.  ERP consists of exposing oneself to their anxiety while abstaining from their compulsive behaviors both internally and externally, without neutralization from self or their therapist. This is done with a gradual exposure hierarchy. It creates learning for clients who are otherwise consumed by compulsive behaviors and thus more anxiety. Therapists can become part of their compulsive loop, which can greatly impact their outcomes in therapy. When a client abstains from compulsive behaviors their anxiety decreases over time.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that is geared toward ERP, ERP, and Mindfulness create amazing outcomes in therapy. Clients with OCD have more grey matter in their brain and thus learning to manage their threat sensitivity through exposure work is essential to better long-term outcomes.  If you are looking for practical skills, or a tangible plan for your client’s growth in therapy, ERP is a game changer.

This course is a two-part live webinar that will be informative and interactive. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences with other participants and ask questions. 

Part I: On February 25, 2022 at 8am-12:30

Part 1 of this live webinar we will identify symptoms and types of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and differential diagnosis to be aware of when diagnosing and treating OCD.  By the end of the event participants will be able to describe Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Participants will also learn about the gradual exposure hierarchy while also identifying how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches can be used to support EPR.  ERP is helpful in treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Phobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other mental health issues (participants can also expect to explore these diagnoses). Safety issues in utilizing ERP will be addressed, too. Homework will be given to practice process and will be shared in Part 2.

Part 2: On March 25, 2022 at 8am-12:30

Part 2 of this webinar will apply the principals of ERP to individual cases in break-out groups. The breakout groups will provide the opportunity for members to process and problem solve their experience utilizing ERP. We will then meet altogether for additional questions and feedback about utilizing ERP and review important components of the process.  Lastly, we will look at Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania / Excoriation Disorder and other disorders when applying ERP.


KD Holmes, MS, LPC, EMDR Certified

KD Holmes, MS, LPC, EMDR Certified is a practicing therapist over the past 15 years.  She has worked extensively with anxiety and anxiety related disorders, including trauma.  She has experience in working with children, teens, and adults. She previously worked for the military for several years providing therapy to soldiers, family members, and children affected by deployed loved ones.  

KD is currently running her own private practice in Lafayette, La where she and her staff provide therapy to teens and adults.  She is passionate about providing training for OCD due to the shortage of therapists trained in Exposure Response Prevention treatment in the Lafayette and surrounding areas. She and her staff believe that practicing evidence-based approaches is essential to treating our clients and providing the best quality of care, which leads to the best outcomes. 

KD Holmes specializes in treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  She is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Certified, and BTTI trained for treatment of OCD.  

KD Holmes enjoys using behavioral approaches to treating mental health issues.  She loves DBT, RODBT, and ERP because they address mental health treatment through tangible behavioral steps.  These approaches allow for learning through coaching between sessions, positive reinforcements to encourage change, self esteem building, and gradual exposure to anxiety triggers without neutralization.  Behavioral approaches provide a solid foundation for mental health treatment, followed by, trauma processing when applicable.  Trauma work can be done through EMDR and IMTT to help treat trauma responses that may be contributing to the presenting problems.  

The wisdom of other practitioner's experience, collected data, and developed protocols provides the best outcomes for our clients and for the development of our profession as a whole.  

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants- Issac Newton.


Monet David, MS, LPC

Monet specializes in  teens and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, perfectionism, grief, life transitions, self-esteem, and stress.  She loves young adults, overachievers, LGBTQ, and perfectionism.  

Due to being passionate about the populations she serves, she creates an environment of warmth and trust to explore all aspects of one's inner world.  Her directness and comfort with discussing all topics (informed by lots of education) facilitates an environment for change to occur.

Sarah Diesi, MSW, LCSW

Sarah specializes in adults struggling with depression and different types of anxiety. She especially loves life transitions, individuals who are struggling with becoming their own person, self empowerment, and authentic living. 

She is warm and conceintious in her office.  She never misses a glance, a feeling, or any symptom within her clients.  She is great at discovering the root of any problem, while creating an environment of trust, honesty, and growth.