Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in Brentford

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Anne Rowlands
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentford TW8
I have significant experience with working with individuals and couples with relationship issues, anxiety, anger management, grief, OCD and depression.
Welcome. I am a Counsellor and CBT Therapist. You may be going through a specific problem such as Relationship Issues (Individual and Couples), Anxiety, Anger Management, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, Grief or low self-esteem. Whatever you may be going through, I will work with you to discover better ways of managing your issues so that you can move forward to a happier and healthier way of life. I am offering you a safe, non judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts feelings and behaviour. My counselling will be tailored for your specific needs.
I have significant experience with working with individuals and couples with relationship issues, anxiety, anger management, grief, OCD and depression.
Welcome. I am a Counsellor and CBT Therapist. You may be going through a specific problem such as Relationship Issues (Individual and Couples), Anxiety, Anger Management, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, Grief or low self-esteem. Whatever you may be going through, I will work with you to discover better ways of managing your issues so that you can move forward to a happier and healthier way of life. I am offering you a safe, non judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts feelings and behaviour. My counselling will be tailored for your specific needs.
020 3871 6582 View 020 3871 6582
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Agnieszka Jacewicz
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Brentford TW8
Welcome to my psychotherapy practice, where I offer a collaborative process based on a trusting relationship. From my own experience of therapy, insight sometimes is not enough. Therefore, I might ask you to complete certain tasks designed to help you develop more effective skills. This approach often involves homework assignments. I draw on many techniques, including visualisation, dream exploration, drawing, role-play, and the most familiar method: conversation between two people.
Welcome to my psychotherapy practice, where I offer a collaborative process based on a trusting relationship. From my own experience of therapy, insight sometimes is not enough. Therefore, I might ask you to complete certain tasks designed to help you develop more effective skills. This approach often involves homework assignments. I draw on many techniques, including visualisation, dream exploration, drawing, role-play, and the most familiar method: conversation between two people.
01748 902215 View 01748 902215
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Kirsty Birnstiel, RTT Therapist, Hypnotherapist
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Brentford TW8
Hello, Are you feeling stuck? Do you suffer with anxiety, depression, procrastination or confidence issues? I am a Marisa Peer trained RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapy) therapist and I work with adults on a short term basis on all variety of issues. I deal with anything from the problems listed above to fears and phobias, sleep issues, health issues, exam nerves and public speaking to name a few. What is RTT? It is a therapy method that combines all the most effective techniques from NLP, CBT, EMDR, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.
Hello, Are you feeling stuck? Do you suffer with anxiety, depression, procrastination or confidence issues? I am a Marisa Peer trained RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapy) therapist and I work with adults on a short term basis on all variety of issues. I deal with anything from the problems listed above to fears and phobias, sleep issues, health issues, exam nerves and public speaking to name a few. What is RTT? It is a therapy method that combines all the most effective techniques from NLP, CBT, EMDR, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.
020 3816 0342 View 020 3816 0342
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Jack Reardon
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Brentford TW8
I offer long-term and short-term psychotherapy and counselling for a wide range of issues. One of the hardest choices can be finding a therapist. I have an Integrative approach to Psychotherapy, this means I integrate an approach that is suitable to you. I have experience with; addiction recovery, anxiety, depression, trauma, compulsive behaviour, relationship difficulties/or lack of relationship, low self-esteem, childhood abuse, dissociation, suicidal thoughts, anger, self-harming/destructive thoughts and behaviour, amongst others.
I offer long-term and short-term psychotherapy and counselling for a wide range of issues. One of the hardest choices can be finding a therapist. I have an Integrative approach to Psychotherapy, this means I integrate an approach that is suitable to you. I have experience with; addiction recovery, anxiety, depression, trauma, compulsive behaviour, relationship difficulties/or lack of relationship, low self-esteem, childhood abuse, dissociation, suicidal thoughts, anger, self-harming/destructive thoughts and behaviour, amongst others.
01748 901307 View 01748 901307
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Henrik Lynggaard
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Brentford TW8
I work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and I have consulting rooms in Central London and North London. I have more than 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS as well as in independent practice. In my experience people seek therapy for many different reasons. They may be facing a predicament, be anxious, depressed or confused, or feel stuck in repeating patterns of thoughts and behaviour that have adverse effects on their lives. They may have relationship difficulties or questions about their sexuality; they may be finding it difficult to deal with the loss of a person, a position or an identity.
I work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and I have consulting rooms in Central London and North London. I have more than 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS as well as in independent practice. In my experience people seek therapy for many different reasons. They may be facing a predicament, be anxious, depressed or confused, or feel stuck in repeating patterns of thoughts and behaviour that have adverse effects on their lives. They may have relationship difficulties or questions about their sexuality; they may be finding it difficult to deal with the loss of a person, a position or an identity.
020 3984 8911 View 020 3984 8911
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Emily Mitchell at MindStudio
Psychotherapist, MSc
Verified Verified
Brentford TW8
I offer a professional Psychotherapy, Counselling or Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Service at MindStudio, a contemporary in person and online wellness studio based in Northern Cotswolds. I have been privileged to work with many people who have felt overwhelmed, lost or stuck at times in their life. Working with a therapist can provide a consistent sense of support, as well as short and long-term relief from issues you are facing. I am passionate about my work and strongly believe that therapy can allow you to begin to make sense of overwhelming feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
I offer a professional Psychotherapy, Counselling or Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Service at MindStudio, a contemporary in person and online wellness studio based in Northern Cotswolds. I have been privileged to work with many people who have felt overwhelmed, lost or stuck at times in their life. Working with a therapist can provide a consistent sense of support, as well as short and long-term relief from issues you are facing. I am passionate about my work and strongly believe that therapy can allow you to begin to make sense of overwhelming feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
0121 238 2656 View 0121 238 2656

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Specialist Counselling Psychotherapy Young People
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SW13  (Online Only)
'Helping Young People realise their full potential' and with the pandemic still affecting educational, social and family dynamics, 'Helping Young People adapt positively to change' With over 15 years experience counselling young people in private practice, schools and colleges. I have successfully worked on anxiety prevention, family dynamics, dyspraxia, autism, self harming behaviours, sexuality and gender, exam pressure, bullying, OCD and many more. I consider that, at times, young people need additional emotional support outside of their family and friends network in order that they can achieve their full potential.
'Helping Young People realise their full potential' and with the pandemic still affecting educational, social and family dynamics, 'Helping Young People adapt positively to change' With over 15 years experience counselling young people in private practice, schools and colleges. I have successfully worked on anxiety prevention, family dynamics, dyspraxia, autism, self harming behaviours, sexuality and gender, exam pressure, bullying, OCD and many more. I consider that, at times, young people need additional emotional support outside of their family and friends network in order that they can achieve their full potential.
07565 207955 View 07565 207955
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Peter Klein
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond TW9
Welcome to my profile page. I am specialized in treating problems such as Stress,Worry, Anxiety, Psychosis, Depression and OCD. I emphasise the use of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies as these offer a wealth of scientific evidence backing their effectiveness. When getting to know you, I very much emphasize getting an individual picture of your concerns in order to tailor a treatment program towards you. This entails that you will get to know psychotherapeutic principles and techniques that are adapted specifically towards you. The gained knowledge will aid in helping you address your problems in a direct and pragmatic manner.
Welcome to my profile page. I am specialized in treating problems such as Stress,Worry, Anxiety, Psychosis, Depression and OCD. I emphasise the use of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies as these offer a wealth of scientific evidence backing their effectiveness. When getting to know you, I very much emphasize getting an individual picture of your concerns in order to tailor a treatment program towards you. This entails that you will get to know psychotherapeutic principles and techniques that are adapted specifically towards you. The gained knowledge will aid in helping you address your problems in a direct and pragmatic manner.
01748 902453 View 01748 902453
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Dr Marigold Hayes
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London SW13
I work with most common mental health difficulties including stress, burnout, anxiety, worry, OCD, rumination, depression, low self-confidence and adjustment to significant life events.
My central aim is to help you better understand your difficulties and maximise your potential to overcome them. I believe that the most effective way to help you is through empowering you to be more able to manage day-to-day, enhance your self-confidence and improve your ability to feel in control of your mental health and wellbeing. My main approaches are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. I also have an interest in Psychodynamic ideas, which influence my therapeutic style.
I work with most common mental health difficulties including stress, burnout, anxiety, worry, OCD, rumination, depression, low self-confidence and adjustment to significant life events.
My central aim is to help you better understand your difficulties and maximise your potential to overcome them. I believe that the most effective way to help you is through empowering you to be more able to manage day-to-day, enhance your self-confidence and improve your ability to feel in control of your mental health and wellbeing. My main approaches are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. I also have an interest in Psychodynamic ideas, which influence my therapeutic style.
01748 901260 View 01748 901260
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Shung Yan (Beatrice) Ng (Kessler)
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
I am a registered clinical psychologist in the UK and Hong Kong, and a Certified Advance Schema Therapist and Supervisor from ISST. I have also been certified as a mindfulness trainer from Canada. I speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. I have extensive experience in treating complicated cases such as Trauma, PTSD, DID, Personality Disorders, OCD, and Mood Disorders. I am particularly experienced in treating people with pervasively negative life patterns. I stop seeing couples in recent years and I do not see children anymore. But I hold a company with some colleagues that serve them. My target clients are 16 years old plus.
I am a registered clinical psychologist in the UK and Hong Kong, and a Certified Advance Schema Therapist and Supervisor from ISST. I have also been certified as a mindfulness trainer from Canada. I speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. I have extensive experience in treating complicated cases such as Trauma, PTSD, DID, Personality Disorders, OCD, and Mood Disorders. I am particularly experienced in treating people with pervasively negative life patterns. I stop seeing couples in recent years and I do not see children anymore. But I hold a company with some colleagues that serve them. My target clients are 16 years old plus.
01748 902948 View 01748 902948
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Dr Lucia Giombini
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London SW14  (Online Only)
I have dedicated the majority of my career as Clinical Psychologist thus far to helping people suffering from various forms of eating disorder, such anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or emotional eating. By working with these conditions, I have developed a deeper understanding of the difficulties connected to them, such as different types of anxiety disorders and depression, perfectionism and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. I use different interventions deriving from a wide range of psychological theories, including motivational enhancement therapy, interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Please, for more information visit my website: www.luciagiombini.com
I have dedicated the majority of my career as Clinical Psychologist thus far to helping people suffering from various forms of eating disorder, such anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or emotional eating. By working with these conditions, I have developed a deeper understanding of the difficulties connected to them, such as different types of anxiety disorders and depression, perfectionism and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. I use different interventions deriving from a wide range of psychological theories, including motivational enhancement therapy, interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Please, for more information visit my website: www.luciagiombini.com
020 3962 0172 View 020 3962 0172
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Tim Harvard Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W5
Much of my work is with depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, panic, relationships and trauma.
Hi, I hope your search for a therapist is going well. It can be a difficult process, but it is important to find a therapist who feels right for you. The relationship with your therapist is, on average, more helpful than their training and experience. Person-centred therapy is a relationship. It is not dependent on medical diagnoses, yet can help with all conditions. It is as effective as other leading therapies, but uniquely it puts the client at the centre of the process. There is no 'you should do this'. The questions, and the answers, will come from within during our conversations.
Much of my work is with depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, panic, relationships and trauma.
Hi, I hope your search for a therapist is going well. It can be a difficult process, but it is important to find a therapist who feels right for you. The relationship with your therapist is, on average, more helpful than their training and experience. Person-centred therapy is a relationship. It is not dependent on medical diagnoses, yet can help with all conditions. It is as effective as other leading therapies, but uniquely it puts the client at the centre of the process. There is no 'you should do this'. The questions, and the answers, will come from within during our conversations.
01736 803971 View 01736 803971
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Dr Lucy Gee
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London W4  (Online Only)
I am a Clinical psychologist, with over 12 years experience of working in the NHS and Private Practice. I specialise in working with adults with a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, stress, low mood, OCD, emotional dysregulation, low self esteem, trauma and relationship difficulties. I offer a compassionate, collaborative and non-judgemental approach to help you work towards your goals and get the most out of therapy. The first session will be dedicated to assessment where we can develop a shared understanding of your experiences and think about the best approach to take.
I am a Clinical psychologist, with over 12 years experience of working in the NHS and Private Practice. I specialise in working with adults with a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, stress, low mood, OCD, emotional dysregulation, low self esteem, trauma and relationship difficulties. I offer a compassionate, collaborative and non-judgemental approach to help you work towards your goals and get the most out of therapy. The first session will be dedicated to assessment where we can develop a shared understanding of your experiences and think about the best approach to take.
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Julia Sinclair
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London W4
I see adolescents, adults and older adults with anxiety disorders (phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, GAD), depression (acute, chronic, SAD), personality disorders, bereavement, loss, abuse, neglect, anger and relationship problems.
I know how difficult it is to find a therapist you can trust for help with your emotional and psychological difficulties. Sometimes our suffering is concealed from friends, family or colleagues because we are good at hiding it but deep inside, we are left feeling far from happy, fulfilled or content. At other times our difficulties are more noticeable. I am passionate about helping people live better lives. I help them discover what matters to them, what type of person they want to be and how they would like to behave. Once their values are clarified I help them make sustainable changes towards the things that are important to them.
I see adolescents, adults and older adults with anxiety disorders (phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, GAD), depression (acute, chronic, SAD), personality disorders, bereavement, loss, abuse, neglect, anger and relationship problems.
I know how difficult it is to find a therapist you can trust for help with your emotional and psychological difficulties. Sometimes our suffering is concealed from friends, family or colleagues because we are good at hiding it but deep inside, we are left feeling far from happy, fulfilled or content. At other times our difficulties are more noticeable. I am passionate about helping people live better lives. I help them discover what matters to them, what type of person they want to be and how they would like to behave. Once their values are clarified I help them make sustainable changes towards the things that are important to them.
01748 902305 View 01748 902305
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Rukshana Ali
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW10  (Online Only)
Life can be tough at times and sometimes we need a bit of help to manage. I offer psychological assessment and intervention for children, young people and adults. I have specialist expertise in working with health conditions including, psychodermatology, dermatology (e.g. acne, eczema, alopecia, hair pulling, skin picking and genetic skin diseases), weight management, diabetes, endocrine disorders, respiratory, renal and cardiac issues, amongst others.
Life can be tough at times and sometimes we need a bit of help to manage. I offer psychological assessment and intervention for children, young people and adults. I have specialist expertise in working with health conditions including, psychodermatology, dermatology (e.g. acne, eczema, alopecia, hair pulling, skin picking and genetic skin diseases), weight management, diabetes, endocrine disorders, respiratory, renal and cardiac issues, amongst others.
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Dr Mazda Beigi
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London W5
I work with all age groups, supporting depression, trauma and anxiety (OCD, Phobias etc.
Are you experiencing challenges that have been with you so long it feels hopeless to confront them? Are you feeling down or anxious about circumstances that seem out of your control? Together, we will develop models and draw on theories to explore your specific goals and apply principles that will establish a clear pathway to rediscovering your needs. I offer a compassionate, non-judgmental environment to facilitate thought provoking discussions and help empower you to take back your quality of life. Through integration of techniques, we will open discussions and unravel untapped beliefs to help you transition towards your values.
I work with all age groups, supporting depression, trauma and anxiety (OCD, Phobias etc.
Are you experiencing challenges that have been with you so long it feels hopeless to confront them? Are you feeling down or anxious about circumstances that seem out of your control? Together, we will develop models and draw on theories to explore your specific goals and apply principles that will establish a clear pathway to rediscovering your needs. I offer a compassionate, non-judgmental environment to facilitate thought provoking discussions and help empower you to take back your quality of life. Through integration of techniques, we will open discussions and unravel untapped beliefs to help you transition towards your values.
020 8138 8819 View 020 8138 8819
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Erin Hope Thompson (Online Sessions Available)
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
I offer both in-person and online therapy. I have over ten years’ experience working in the mental health sector, helping people overcome and manage their difficulties, be it in their personal or professional lives. I specialise in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, bereavement, health difficulties, and relationship counselling. I work with both adults and young people and can incorporate a number of different therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, systemic therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, schema therapy, and compassion focused therapy.
I offer both in-person and online therapy. I have over ten years’ experience working in the mental health sector, helping people overcome and manage their difficulties, be it in their personal or professional lives. I specialise in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, bereavement, health difficulties, and relationship counselling. I work with both adults and young people and can incorporate a number of different therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, systemic therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, schema therapy, and compassion focused therapy.
07403 936134 View 07403 936134
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Nuria Bara-Carril
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London W4
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working with adults to address mild to severe psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, OCD and Bipolar Affective Disorder. I can also help with concerns around stress, relationships, challenging life events, loss, adjustment to illness, low self-esteem, and unresolved childhood issues. Since becoming a mother, I have developed a specific interest in working with maternal mental health and wellbeing. I frequently support parents as they navigate the new demands, change in role and stresses that come with pregnancy and parenthood.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working with adults to address mild to severe psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, OCD and Bipolar Affective Disorder. I can also help with concerns around stress, relationships, challenging life events, loss, adjustment to illness, low self-esteem, and unresolved childhood issues. Since becoming a mother, I have developed a specific interest in working with maternal mental health and wellbeing. I frequently support parents as they navigate the new demands, change in role and stresses that come with pregnancy and parenthood.
020 4538 8943 View 020 4538 8943
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Natasha Stojanovic
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W4
I also have CBT training which might help with depression, anxiety, and OCD.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, panic attacks, challenging life transitions, loss? Do you feel stuck? Do you have unresolved family issues? Talking to a counsellor/psychotherapist can help. I offer safe, warm and non-judgmental space where we can explore your difficulties with the aim of having more understanding about your feelings, thoughts and behavior, and, thus, moving forward in your life.
I also have CBT training which might help with depression, anxiety, and OCD.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, panic attacks, challenging life transitions, loss? Do you feel stuck? Do you have unresolved family issues? Talking to a counsellor/psychotherapist can help. I offer safe, warm and non-judgmental space where we can explore your difficulties with the aim of having more understanding about your feelings, thoughts and behavior, and, thus, moving forward in your life.
07492 885970 View 07492 885970
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Matthew Frank Gould
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
I am experienced working with evidence based treatments for anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety, shyness, phobia, health anxiety and OCD.
Hi I'm Matthew, a qualified CBT, integrative and psychodynamic psychotherapist. My style is warm and free of judgement. You may have problems you cannot explain to a friend or family member and need a third perspective. I work with anxiety and depression, relationships, loss, abuse, betrayal, self-esteem, anger, or those who are stuck. Improvement comes from insight, understanding and acceptance but also from stepwise, practical change. If requested I can work in a more active and future focused way with the current advice, exercises and activities supported by the evidence base.
I am experienced working with evidence based treatments for anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety, shyness, phobia, health anxiety and OCD.
Hi I'm Matthew, a qualified CBT, integrative and psychodynamic psychotherapist. My style is warm and free of judgement. You may have problems you cannot explain to a friend or family member and need a third perspective. I work with anxiety and depression, relationships, loss, abuse, betrayal, self-esteem, anger, or those who are stuck. Improvement comes from insight, understanding and acceptance but also from stepwise, practical change. If requested I can work in a more active and future focused way with the current advice, exercises and activities supported by the evidence base.
020 4538 4899 View 020 4538 4899

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Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counsellors

How long does OCD treatment take?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often treated on a weekly or twice-weekly schedule, depending on symptom severity and the client’s preferences. Some clients may start to see a noticeable improvement in symptoms in as little as six weeks, but it’s also possible, especially in more severe cases, for treatment to take several months to a year before significant progress is made.

What happens if OCD is not treated?

Some people with OCD, especially those with mild symptoms, may find that they are able to adapt reasonably well to life with the condition, even if their symptoms never resolve completely. However, many people, particularly those whose symptoms are severe at the outset, find that their obsessions and compulsions grow more intrusive with time, making it harder to maintain relationships, hold down a job, or navigate the world successfully.

Are there medications for OCD?

Medication can be used to treat OCD. The class of drugs most often prescribed are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, and sertraline, among others. In cases of treatment-resistant OCD, other classes of medication, such as tricyclic antidepressants or atypical antipsychotics, may be prescribed. Medication is frequently used in conjunction with therapy.

Can OCD come back after treatment?

Yes. Major life transitions, periods of stress, or other factors can cause symptoms to return or, if they were never fully eradicated, to ramp back up in intensity. For some, these relapses are brief and do not require additional treatment; identifying specific triggers and practicing the skills learned in therapy can help speed their course. For others, returning to therapy for a brief period can help address the underlying stress and strengthen coping mechanisms.