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Dr. Flower is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of OCD and related anxiety disorders with exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP). In 2007, he finished his doctoral degree at Xavier University and started a small private practice in 2011. In 2012 Dr. Flower moved to Nashville, TN, for three years where he worked in private practice and also served as the clinical director for a Tennessee prison for inmates with severe mental illness.
While in Nashville, Dr. Flower started to focus his clinical devotion to the treatment of OCD and related anxiety disorders with exposure therapy. He received specialized training put on by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) about how to most effectively use ERP for OCD, hoarding disorder, phobias, and eating disorders. He also provides clinical supervision to psychology doctoral students at the University of Louisville and Spalding University, helping them to learn and implement ERP with clients who suffer from OCD.
Dr. Flower owns a private practice that specializes in the treatment of OCD and related disorders in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Flower at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference
Providing a safe place for people with stigmatizing OCD-related distress
Sexual and violent obsessions in OCD are common but frequently unrecognized or misunderstood. Over 25% of treatment-seeking patients with OCD have unwanted sexual and violent obsessions. Research shows that people with sexual and violent obsessions in OCD may experience greater distress than those with other forms of OCD, have more difficulty locating effective treatment, and require more time in treatment to obtain effective results. People with sexual obsessions are more likely to be misdiagnosed by mental health care professionals, resulting in distress and treatment delays. This support group, offered by Pittsburgh OCD expert and clinical supervisor Dr. Nick Flower and Louisville OCD Clinic's own Dr. Betsy Ederer, is focused on helping people with sexual and violent obsessions understand their symptoms, distinguish between obsessions and mental compulsions, and identify effective exposures to combat symptoms. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss their experiences of stigma, shame, and rejection surrounding their symptoms in a supportive environment. This group will provide a safe venue for support among people with these obsessions.
Join us in Chicago this summer, July 29–31, 2016, at the International OCD Foundation's 23rd Annual Conference.