The intensive day treatment program at the OICBT is based on best-practice models for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and severe Anxiety Disorders, including Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Agoraphobia. Our program is designed to teach participants the tools they need to move beyond the endless cycle of OCD and anxiety.  This program is based on evidence-based CBT practice, specifically Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, and exposure-based CBT for other anxiety disorders. With these interventions, we aim to help patients overcome their symptoms of anxiety so they can feel empowered and re-engage in valued activities. This is a comprehensive treatment program involving weekly individual therapy sessions and group education, as well as daily exposure practice. Our team includes psychologists, behavioural therapists, and occupational therapists.


Outline of the Intensive Day Treatment Program
Patients are involved with the program on a full-time basis for an average of 6 weeks. The program involves: 

  • 15 hours per week of therapy with psychologists, psychology residents, behavioural therapists, and occupational therapists

  • Pre- and post-exposure check in and debriefing sessions

  • Daily practice with exposure (therapist assisted & independent)

  • Weekly OCD and anxiety psychoeducation and treatment planning group sessions

  • Twice weekly individual therapy session with a primary therapist

  • Integration of family into treatment with the goal of helping them to recognize and interrupt compulsions through the active reduction of reassurance and accommodation behaviours

  • Home and community-based visits to target symptoms in the environments in which they interfere the most


Dates and Cost
This program is offered each day of the week from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The cost of involvement in this program is $750 per week. Group participants are expected to commit to and pay for the first three weeks of treatment, after which point involvement will be continually re-assessed on a weekly basis. Prior to being accepted in the program, participants will need to have completed a separate intake, understand the nature of OCD and anxiety using the CBT model, and have identified specific exposure goals with a therapist.


Insurance coverage
This type of service is usually covered for individuals with extended health care benefits; however, we recommend that you follow-up with your insurance company to confirm this.


Contact information
Please click here to download a fact sheet about our Intensive Day Treatment Program for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders.  To make an appointment, please complete our Appointment Request Form. If you have any questions please contact us by phone (613-820-9931, ext. 0) or by email at