Counselling for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
What is OCD?
Once considered a rare condition, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is now a well-known anxiety-related problem characterised by recurrent, intrusive thoughts followed immediately by compulsive action. As these anxiety-provoking thoughts continue, the obsessive compulsive individual becomes increasingly worried that something bad is going to happen. ‘Thought layering’ may also occur whereby the individual thinks negatively about the negative thoughts. For example he or she may be thinking ‘I am going crazy’ or ‘there must be something wrong with me for having such thoughts’ leading to further anxiety and anxious behaviour. Over time these behaviours can prevent the individual from distinguishing between rational and obsessive thoughts. According to ODC UK, OCD is one of the top 10 most debilitating mental illnesses and here in the UK, the illness affects as many as 1.2% of the population, regardless of age, gender, and social or cultural background.
Common Obsessive Thoughts:
- Fear of contamination e.g. catching an infection from touching a dirty surface
- Fear of not having done something important e.g. turning off an electric switch
- Fear of uncontrollable behaviour e.g. swearing
- Over-concern with orderliness and perfection
To manage these anxieties, the individual may engage in some or all of these ‘safety behaviours’:
- Complete avoidance of certain activities
- Distracting, repetitious rituals
- Verbal reassurance seeking
How can counselling and psychotherapy help me with my OCD?
At Fresh Mind Therapy we use highly effective therapeutic techniques based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. CBT counselling sessions are tailored to your needs, function at your own pace and will help you to:
- Identify the causes of your OCD in a safe and nurturing environment
- Examine the thoughts, feelings and behaviours maintaining your particular cycle of OCD
- Develop effective coping strategies to manage your symptoms and create a balanced life long-term
If you think you may suffer from OCD or are struggling to manage your OCD, you could benefit from counselling and psychotherapy. Get in touch with us now to find out how