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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

I am a CBT therapist and I specialise in treating OCD using CBT therapy.   An important part of CBT is ERP (exposure response prevention) that I talk more about in the therapy section of this website. This page is about OCD itself.  I am trying to cover the main points but am aware that everyone’s OCD is different. 

Everyone’s OCD is unique to them.  I know how hard it can be to come forward for treatment.  Many of my clients have told me that they feel such a bad person, or mad or dangerous that it is really really hard to seek help as they are scared they will be sectioned, arrested or thought to be mad filling them with terror, misery, guilt and shame.

My response to this is that bad people do not feel shame or guilt about that, they are quite happy with the way they are and have no conscience about it.   My experience of people with OCD, over the last 18 years, is that they are lovely people who worry about all the worst things that could happen and fear they may be responsible for those things and go to extreme lengths to ensure nothing bad does happen.  

Having a thought about something does not make it true (called ‘magical thinking’ in CBT).  Everyone with OCD knows that their OCD makes no sense but they feel compelled to do what OCD tells them on a kind of, better safe than sorry, basis.

If this is you, and you want to claim your life back from OCD, then please do get in touch with me.  The idea of CBT treatment for OCD is to make you your own therapist, so that you understand how your mind works, how OCD operates and then developing tools and strategies to manage your mind more helpfully.

What are Obsessions?

Obsessions or intrusive thoughts (they are the same thing) are unwanted and unacceptable to the person concerned and can’t be dismissed and are difficult to ignore.

What are compulsions?

Compulsions are repetitive behaviours or mental acts that a person feels compelled to perform in response to their obsessions.

What are intrusive thoughts?

We all have ‘intrusive thoughts’. We don’t know why, but it is a natural human experience to have thoughts that just pop into our heads. Lots of these thoughts are really helpful.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

This is the formal bit!

What is OCD?

OCD is the abbreviation for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is a mental health condition that affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

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