If you are visiting this site, you or someone you love is likely struggling with intrusive and unwanted thoughts, feelings and physiological sensations that lead to anxiety, guilt, and distress. These unwanted internal experiences often result in repetitive, time-consuming, and painful ritualistic behaviors. They interfere with relationships, work, school and overall quality of life. These are the symptoms of OCD, a treatable, well-researched disorder, and help is available.
Common OCD-Related Concerns We See In Therapy:
• Contamination Fears / Washing Compulsions
• Checking Compulsions
• Symmetry / ‘Just Right’ Obsessions
• Hypochondria / Health Anxiety (fear of having / getting illnesses)
• Harm OCD (violent obsessions, hit-and-run OCD, fear of causing harm)
• Sexual Orientation OCD (fear of being in denial about sexual orientation)
• Pedophile Obsessions (fear of inappropriate sexual thoughts about children)
• Relationship OCD (obsessions about love and fidelity)
• Religious or Moral Obsessions (Scrupulosity)
• Body Dsymorphic Disorder (BDD / appearance-related obsessions)
• Social Anxiety
• Panic Disorder (fear of panic attacks)
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How We Treat OCD using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
Exposure with Response Prevention
ERP is a type of behavioral therapy used to gradually confront and conquer your fears. It is an evidence-based technique that is highly effective for OCD. It works because exposure leads to habituation, a process by which your fear response is reduced over time. Through a willingness to experience discomfort and uncertainty, you can weaken the grip your OCD has over you.
Cognitive therapy involves identifying and challenging faulty thinking patterns that commonly occur with OCD. You will learn a technique called Cognitive Restructuring that will assist in noticing and rationally responding to the distorted OCD language. By challenging the rationale behind doing rituals, you can make healthier non-compulsive choices.
Mindfulness Skill Development
In mindfulness-based therapy, you will learn how to adjust your perspective to thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. Mindfulness is a skill that can be developed that will encourage you to lower resistance to your OCD symtoms through non-judgmental acceptance. Resistance intensifies OCD. Learn to use acceptance to create room for your thoughts and feelings.
Our philosophy is to help you navigate the difficult and often confusing world of psychological treatment for your OCD. We understand and care about OCD sufferers. We are enthusiastic about helping, because we see people gain freedom from their OCD every day.
Our treatments are founded in proven techniques for treating OCD. We utilize Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness methods to help you manage and build new confidence in your healing process.
In her article titled Pure Obsessional OCD — Symptoms and Treatment Stacey discusses how unseen internal obsessions can be just as disruptive as visible ones. The article appeared in Vol 12 No. 4 P.22 of Social Work Today. Read the article
In our blog we regulary provide insightful articles about the understanding and treatment of OCD. The articles are designed to inspire fruitful discussion of the issues via the comments platform. We invite to come back regularly to read and contribute to our conversations.
There are numerous online resources that are terrific in helping you further with understanding and coping with OCD. We have aggregated some of the best for you here and will continue to add new links as more valuable resources come available.
This OCD group is designed to provide evidence-based group therapy for your OCD using the same treatments that we use in individual therapy. It is a supportive environment where you will work to reduce your rituals with other individuals with OCD.
We’re Here To Help You Learn the Right Strategies to Set Yourself Free.