Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety

As a parent, all you want for your child struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or related anxiety disorders, is hope. The specific fears, thoughts and anxieties of these disorders are difficult for both your child and your family. 

When your child faces the need for a more intensive level of care, where he or she can find the help to confront their challenges, we're here for you. 

Residential care 

The Rogers Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety is one of the few residential programs in the country with a long-held commitment to serving adolescents age 12-17 facing OCD and related anxiety disorders, including: 

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • OC-spectrum disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder and agoraphobia
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Tic disorders, hair pulling disorder, skin-picking disorder, Tourette syndrome
  • Co-morbid anxiety disorder issues, such as:
    • ADHD
    • Depression
    • Disordered eating
    • Somatization disorders (conversion disorders) 

The Adolescent Center provides a unique blend of intensive psychiatric therapy with adventure-based experiences in both wilderness and urban settings which produce positive results, many times in less than three months versus the 12 or 18 months often needed by other programs.

A leading, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist recognized nationally for his expertise directs the multidisciplinary team that will work with your child. We’ll develop a personalized treatment plan with a proven effective approach to help your child move forward with their lives. 


Treatment approach

The Adolescent Center is part of the comprehensive OCD and anxiety services offered by Rogers which, as a whole, provides care to more kids, teens and adults with OCD than any other behavioral health system. Your son or daughter will call the Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, home for an average of 45 to 60 days in this intensive level of care. 

Treatment components

As with all our OCD and anxiety programming, your son or daughter will find our core therapy is a mix of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP). Through ERP, our team works with your child to develop hierarchies for gradual, but increasing, exposure to what drives their obsessions and compulsions. Studies continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach, as do outcome studies conducted by Rogers.

In addition to individual, group and family therapy sessions, your son or daughter will find that experiential therapy plays a key role in treatment as well. This can include art, music, horticultural therapy, indoor exercise and challenges. And with our setting among the lakes and woods of southeastern Wisconsin, they may find themselves on our ropes and challenge course, walking trails or, in the summer, using the kayaks and paddleboards on a nearby lake. 

Other elements of therapy and treatment include:

  • Medication management 
  • Family education
  • Nutrition therapy and education 
  • Community outings and therapeutic passes
  • Personal recovery plan for continuing care 

Our family program 

At Rogers, we want our residents to better function at school and with friends and family. That makes you an important part of treatment and recovery. 

We expect family members to be involved in your child’s treatment weekly. By attending family sessions and group education, you become actively involved in helping your teen build skills in communication and cooperation. You learn how your teen’s illness fits within the context of your family. 

You may explore family dynamics during adventure-based experiences that our therapists lead in a safe and secure environment. And you can help your son or daughter practice behavior and management strategies during therapeutic visits. 

Education services and advocacy 

We know it’s important to maintain your child’s schooling as much as possible. We offer education services, staffed by certified teachers with experience in working with students with behavioral, emotional or cognitive issues. They will, with consent, work directly with your child’s school and make recommendations to aid your child return to school upon discharge. 

Adolescent Center Typical Day

A typical day at the Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety provides the structure and framework for your child to work on their exposure hierarchy, progress through individual, group and family therapy sessions, attend to homework, go on outings and more. This is just a sampling of a typical schedule: 

Morning Afternoon Evening

Supervised breakfast

Supervised lunch

Supervised dinner

CBT or group therapy

Physical fitness activity

Therapy assignments, schoolwork

Nutrition or health education group

Education services

Family time or recreation activity

Experiential therapy group

Supervised snack; observation

Your child will stay busy, but they do have time for breaks and personal activity. You and your family may visit your child on the weekends and participate in therapeutic passes. Treatment can also include community outings and guest speakers.

The personal involvement of Rogers’ full-time, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists and clinical psychologists is one reason why the Rogers Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety is one of the nation’s best resources helping teens with OCD and related anxiety disorders get their lives back. But that dedication extends to all members of the team who will engage your son or daughter in gaining essential skills to address their unique, and often complex, needs. 

At the Adolescent Center, our staff excels at providing a variety of experiences that teens can use to relate to their own issues. They then help each teen transfer this awareness and understanding into daily living skills such as communication, family interaction, personal achievement and self-responsibility. Assisting your adolescent on this journey are staff specifically trained for this age group, including: 

  • Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • Licensed clinical psychologists
  • Master’s level therapists
  • Behavioral specialists
  • Pediatric, family practice and internal medicine physicians
  • Registered psychiatric nurses
  • Registered dietitians
  • Experiential therapists
  • Certified teachers
  • Child and adolescent trained counselors 

In addition, your child has on-site access to experts who can consult for eating disorders, addiction and other behavioral health concerns. 

Bob Mills

Clinical Services Manager: Bob Mills, CTRS 

Bob Mills has managed the Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety since it first opened as the Adolescent Center. He and Medical Director Peter Lake, MD, saw the needs of younger patients and worked together to develop a program specifically for teens. Bob has an extensive background of more than 20 years working directly with teens as an experiential and adventure therapist.

“A rewarding aspect of my role is to help parents and their child understand what can be accomplished here. I enjoy assisting families in understanding our program, making sure it’s a good fit. It is important to me that each teen and their family connect with our treatment team and feel that they are creating an individualized treatment plan that they understand and support. 

Bob especially enjoys working with members of the treatment team to help teens who are feeling stuck, or feel that there’s no hope for them and then seeing them move forward in treatment. 

“It’s a big step for any teen to come forward and accept help with difficult problems. We respect the opportunity we have to assist them in overcoming obstacles that have limited them somehow .Our multidisciplinary team works to provide real experiences that have real world transfer as they leave our program. Our young residents respond well to the balance we have of clinical opportunities blended with experiential and adventure therapy activities.” 

Adolescent Center setting and tour

The Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety found a new home on the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, campus in fall 2012 with the opening of the Child and Adolescent Centers facility. Soothing décor, bright windows and welcoming community spaces combine with therapeutic spaces and comfortable, semi-private bedrooms which can accommodate up to 24 residents. 

Located on 50 acres of wooded property in southeastern Wisconsin, our outstanding on-site facilities and activities include an indoor gymnasium and art studio. Set between two lakes, teens have access to a ropes and challenge course, playing fields, hiking trails and year-round lake activities.

Our ideal location between Madison and Milwaukee offers off-site experiences in both urban and wilderness settings. Whether at Milwaukee’s lakefront, a museum, going on a camping trip, caving, or touring a university campus, your son or daughter will actively use their living skills in a variety of environments.


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OCD and anxiety residential services
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