Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in Bristol

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Meirav Dagan
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
Are you struggling with issues related to anxiety, distress, or major life changes? Have you recently been diagnosed with Physical Health Condition or find it hard to adjust to the impact of your Conditions? There comes a time when a professional support is needed to learn how to cope with your life’s challenges. I am a Chartered Health Psychologist and a CBT therapist. Over the years I have worked extensively with people coping with different psychological symptoms (e.g. worries, general anxiety, stress, OCD, phobias, health worries, sleep problems) and physical health conditions (e.g. Cancer, Cardiac conditions, Diabetes, IBD).
Are you struggling with issues related to anxiety, distress, or major life changes? Have you recently been diagnosed with Physical Health Condition or find it hard to adjust to the impact of your Conditions? There comes a time when a professional support is needed to learn how to cope with your life’s challenges. I am a Chartered Health Psychologist and a CBT therapist. Over the years I have worked extensively with people coping with different psychological symptoms (e.g. worries, general anxiety, stress, OCD, phobias, health worries, sleep problems) and physical health conditions (e.g. Cancer, Cardiac conditions, Diabetes, IBD).
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Polly Haselton
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS3  (Online Only)
The most common problems I see include: Panic ttacks, Agoraphobia, Health Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Phobias.
I have over 10 years of experience working with adults to overcome mental health problems. CBT is an ideal treatment for those who are looking to change, whether that be to make some changes in the way in which you think about things, or some changes in the way in which you do things day to day. CBT can also help clients come to an understanding of 'why', E.G. what is it about you, your experiences & vulnerabilities which perhaps help explain why you struggle. This is often validating & helpful rather than self blaming. Together we will equip you with the skills and understanding you need in order to move forward with confidence.
The most common problems I see include: Panic ttacks, Agoraphobia, Health Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Phobias.
I have over 10 years of experience working with adults to overcome mental health problems. CBT is an ideal treatment for those who are looking to change, whether that be to make some changes in the way in which you think about things, or some changes in the way in which you do things day to day. CBT can also help clients come to an understanding of 'why', E.G. what is it about you, your experiences & vulnerabilities which perhaps help explain why you struggle. This is often validating & helpful rather than self blaming. Together we will equip you with the skills and understanding you need in order to move forward with confidence.
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Charlotte Roberts
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS9  (Online Only)
I specialise in treating common mental health problems such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Phobias and Low Self Esteem.
Do you recognise these experiences? Feeling like your brain is always busy and struggling to get rid of repeated or distressing thoughts. Lacking motivation and energy. Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge. struggling with sleep. worried you are going crazy or losing your mind. Not enjoying things you used to enjoy. feeling like you cant control your worrying. Feeling sad, numb or helpless. Feeling like you will never feel better again. These are only some examples of what people may experience when struggling with their mental health.
I specialise in treating common mental health problems such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Phobias and Low Self Esteem.
Do you recognise these experiences? Feeling like your brain is always busy and struggling to get rid of repeated or distressing thoughts. Lacking motivation and energy. Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge. struggling with sleep. worried you are going crazy or losing your mind. Not enjoying things you used to enjoy. feeling like you cant control your worrying. Feeling sad, numb or helpless. Feeling like you will never feel better again. These are only some examples of what people may experience when struggling with their mental health.
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Anna Greenslade (Cbt With Anna)
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bristol BS8
Hey! I'm Anna, a CBT Therapist specialised in children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults; ages 5-25. I can also work with adults. I treat anxiety (social, health, separation, phobias, worry, panic, perfectionism), depression, self esteem, OCD and PTSD / trauma. I help with emotions such as stress, sadness and anger; and self harm, suicidal thoughts and intrusive thoughts. I have 10 years experience across; school, college and university student wellbeing, NHS (CAMHS), inpatient psychiatric care, SEND support, and mental health therapy organisations. My specialist interest is in the teenager population, social anxiety and OCD.
Hey! I'm Anna, a CBT Therapist specialised in children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults; ages 5-25. I can also work with adults. I treat anxiety (social, health, separation, phobias, worry, panic, perfectionism), depression, self esteem, OCD and PTSD / trauma. I help with emotions such as stress, sadness and anger; and self harm, suicidal thoughts and intrusive thoughts. I have 10 years experience across; school, college and university student wellbeing, NHS (CAMHS), inpatient psychiatric care, SEND support, and mental health therapy organisations. My specialist interest is in the teenager population, social anxiety and OCD.
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Christina Elizabeth Lee
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8  (Online Only)
If you want to feel happier, less stressed, more appreciative about yourself and your life, then I am here to support you. With 20 years experience in counselling, I believe therapy is a creative act that can change your life. My clients often tell me how much they enjoy our sessions together. I can assist you to understand your inner self, and teach you some great tools to help you move past anxiety or low mood or low self esteem, and start to make the changes you want to. I have plenty of tools to help you with OCD, PTSD or trauma. Please have a look at my website and feel welcome to give me call and have a free chat.
If you want to feel happier, less stressed, more appreciative about yourself and your life, then I am here to support you. With 20 years experience in counselling, I believe therapy is a creative act that can change your life. My clients often tell me how much they enjoy our sessions together. I can assist you to understand your inner self, and teach you some great tools to help you move past anxiety or low mood or low self esteem, and start to make the changes you want to. I have plenty of tools to help you with OCD, PTSD or trauma. Please have a look at my website and feel welcome to give me call and have a free chat.
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Dr Claire Lewry (Abode Therapy)
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS1  (Online Only)
I am a Counselling Psychologist, and have experience working with people struggling across the lifespan with a range of difficulties including interpersonal and relational difficulties, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, and anger. I have particular experience in those struggling with the impact of trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma (CPTSD), and with people experiencing voices, visions, and unusual beliefs.
I am a Counselling Psychologist, and have experience working with people struggling across the lifespan with a range of difficulties including interpersonal and relational difficulties, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, and anger. I have particular experience in those struggling with the impact of trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma (CPTSD), and with people experiencing voices, visions, and unusual beliefs.
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Duncan Moss
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
I can help with a wide range of anxiety and mood difficulties helping to bring about understanding and positive change. This includes depression, low esteem, panic, phobias (spiders, animals, storms, heights, emetophobia etc), social anxiety, OCD (which includes ERP), BDD, eating disorders, health anxiety, GAD (worry), PTSD/trauma, driving anxiety, insomnia and anger/temper. I offer appointments 10am -4pm Monday to Thursday.
I can help with a wide range of anxiety and mood difficulties helping to bring about understanding and positive change. This includes depression, low esteem, panic, phobias (spiders, animals, storms, heights, emetophobia etc), social anxiety, OCD (which includes ERP), BDD, eating disorders, health anxiety, GAD (worry), PTSD/trauma, driving anxiety, insomnia and anger/temper. I offer appointments 10am -4pm Monday to Thursday.
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Jamie Maycock
Psychotherapist, PsychD, BACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist and have been working with clients since 2013. I offer an integrative approach, working with each person as an individual and using different theory’s to support the client in the best way. I offer an open minded and non judgemental space for clients to explore what’s troubling them. I work with all client issues. My specialist areas of work include offering support to clients with OCD using a range of CBT tools, working with victims of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and working with complex mental health issues. I have completed specialised training for providing psychotherapy.
I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist and have been working with clients since 2013. I offer an integrative approach, working with each person as an individual and using different theory’s to support the client in the best way. I offer an open minded and non judgemental space for clients to explore what’s troubling them. I work with all client issues. My specialist areas of work include offering support to clients with OCD using a range of CBT tools, working with victims of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and working with complex mental health issues. I have completed specialised training for providing psychotherapy.
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Rhian Kenny
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Bristol BS3
This includes but is not limited to social anxiety, health anxiety, OCD, phobias (e.
I'm Rhian, a BABCP accredited CBT Therapist working with children, young people and adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. My training and experience within education, outpatient and specialist mental health services means that delivering therapy can be done simply and effectively. I adapt our work to your personal needs whilst keeping your goals at the heart of what we do. By working together, we can create lasting change not only by resolving your current issues, but by building life-long resilience through skills and understanding of what maintains our problems. I offer Sunday and weekday appointments.
This includes but is not limited to social anxiety, health anxiety, OCD, phobias (e.
I'm Rhian, a BABCP accredited CBT Therapist working with children, young people and adults experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. My training and experience within education, outpatient and specialist mental health services means that delivering therapy can be done simply and effectively. I adapt our work to your personal needs whilst keeping your goals at the heart of what we do. By working together, we can create lasting change not only by resolving your current issues, but by building life-long resilience through skills and understanding of what maintains our problems. I offer Sunday and weekday appointments.
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Leanne Thomas
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS3
This is an evidence-based approach recommended for those experiencing: social anxiety, panic, health anxiety, OCD, phobias, generalised anxiety and worry.
We all have times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed. This can impact on our relationships and other areas of our lives. These feelings may make it difficult to reach our potential or know how to progress. Counselling offers a reflective space which is helpful for building self-awareness in order to work through past or present life challenges. I employ a flexible approach which is informed by your needs. I draw on different theories to create a style of therapy which is individually tailored to you, and your aims. I hope to provide an open and accepting, and genuinely safe and non-judgemental space to reflect without fear.
This is an evidence-based approach recommended for those experiencing: social anxiety, panic, health anxiety, OCD, phobias, generalised anxiety and worry.
We all have times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed. This can impact on our relationships and other areas of our lives. These feelings may make it difficult to reach our potential or know how to progress. Counselling offers a reflective space which is helpful for building self-awareness in order to work through past or present life challenges. I employ a flexible approach which is informed by your needs. I draw on different theories to create a style of therapy which is individually tailored to you, and your aims. I hope to provide an open and accepting, and genuinely safe and non-judgemental space to reflect without fear.
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Laura Evans
Counsellor, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS3
Hi, I’m Laura and I’m a Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Therapist and mental health nurse with around 15 years' experience in mental healthcare, CBT and counselling. I have worked within the NHS (including significant child & adolescent mental health (CAMHS) experience), university voluntary and private sectors. I support adults and children who may be struggling with: anxiety (including generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety), depression and low mood, OCD, phobias, low self-esteem, perfectionism, body image difficulties and body dysmorphia, stress, panic disorder and panic attacks, trauma and sleep difficulties.
Hi, I’m Laura and I’m a Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Therapist and mental health nurse with around 15 years' experience in mental healthcare, CBT and counselling. I have worked within the NHS (including significant child & adolescent mental health (CAMHS) experience), university voluntary and private sectors. I support adults and children who may be struggling with: anxiety (including generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety), depression and low mood, OCD, phobias, low self-esteem, perfectionism, body image difficulties and body dysmorphia, stress, panic disorder and panic attacks, trauma and sleep difficulties.
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The Bristol Counsellor
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS7
I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and Internal Family Systems therapist. I've had experience in working with a range of issues including anxiety, grief, stress, OCD and low self esteem. Counselling can support you through difficult periods in your life and help in gaining a deeper understanding of yourself. Do you feel stuck? Together, we can work towards your goals. I primarily use Internal Family Systems therapy which you might recognise as parts work, does a part of you feel a certain way but another part feel something else entirely? Do you want to discover a new way of relating to yourself? IFS may be for you.
I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and Internal Family Systems therapist. I've had experience in working with a range of issues including anxiety, grief, stress, OCD and low self esteem. Counselling can support you through difficult periods in your life and help in gaining a deeper understanding of yourself. Do you feel stuck? Together, we can work towards your goals. I primarily use Internal Family Systems therapy which you might recognise as parts work, does a part of you feel a certain way but another part feel something else entirely? Do you want to discover a new way of relating to yourself? IFS may be for you.
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Christian John Liberati
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS4
Perhaps you feel lost, ungrounded, unable to understand your emotional way of being and always seem to be at conflict with yourself and others in your life. Perhaps you suffer from anxiety, stress, OCD, addictions, lack of self-worth. Perhaps you are grieving a loss of a loved one, relationship break-up or a job. In these times of stress and anxiety, one needs to find one’s inner core strength to be able to be fully grounded and able to fully move into life with clarity and focus. With my counselling skills and our teamwork, you can become the person you were born to be.
Perhaps you feel lost, ungrounded, unable to understand your emotional way of being and always seem to be at conflict with yourself and others in your life. Perhaps you suffer from anxiety, stress, OCD, addictions, lack of self-worth. Perhaps you are grieving a loss of a loved one, relationship break-up or a job. In these times of stress and anxiety, one needs to find one’s inner core strength to be able to be fully grounded and able to fully move into life with clarity and focus. With my counselling skills and our teamwork, you can become the person you were born to be.
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Alison Edwards Therapy, Coaching and Supervision
Psychologist, MSc, FMBPsS
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1  (Online Only)
I also work with clients who have addictions, social phobia, depression, anxiety, panic, low self esteem, OCD, trauma, PTSD, Functional Neurological Disorders, chronic pain and chronic fatigue.
Choosing a therapist can be a stressful process, and it's difficult to decide which kind of therapy to try. Many people find it helpful to work with a therapist who has trained in more than one therapy, who can switch to a different therapy when needed, and who can tailor sessions according to your needs. You can have a phone consultation with me to discuss what you are looking for and ask questions. 16 years experience in supporting neurodivergent clients (with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia or other difficulties) led me to further training in autism, and specialised CBT and ACT for ADHD and emotional regulation problems.
I also work with clients who have addictions, social phobia, depression, anxiety, panic, low self esteem, OCD, trauma, PTSD, Functional Neurological Disorders, chronic pain and chronic fatigue.
Choosing a therapist can be a stressful process, and it's difficult to decide which kind of therapy to try. Many people find it helpful to work with a therapist who has trained in more than one therapy, who can switch to a different therapy when needed, and who can tailor sessions according to your needs. You can have a phone consultation with me to discuss what you are looking for and ask questions. 16 years experience in supporting neurodivergent clients (with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia or other difficulties) led me to further training in autism, and specialised CBT and ACT for ADHD and emotional regulation problems.
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Hannah Raine-Smith
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
For example often the roots of OCD can be traced back to earlier stressful events that need to be reprocessed using bilateral stimulation of the brain.
I am an integrative therapist specialising in using eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat a wide range of psychological issues. I am highly trained in psychotherapy, neuroscience and trauma and believe that our current issues can often be traced back to early adverse experiences in childhood. Compared to standard talking therapy EMDR generally takes a shorter amount of time to get to the root cause of the issue. Rather than just dealing with symptom management (like CBT), EMDR therapy works directly with the cause of your distress.
For example often the roots of OCD can be traced back to earlier stressful events that need to be reprocessed using bilateral stimulation of the brain.
I am an integrative therapist specialising in using eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat a wide range of psychological issues. I am highly trained in psychotherapy, neuroscience and trauma and believe that our current issues can often be traced back to early adverse experiences in childhood. Compared to standard talking therapy EMDR generally takes a shorter amount of time to get to the root cause of the issue. Rather than just dealing with symptom management (like CBT), EMDR therapy works directly with the cause of your distress.
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Cara Luff, South Bristol Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS4
Are you feeling overwhelmed or confused by your feelings? Do you have things happening you would like to talk through? Do you have unresolved history you feel ready to look at and would like someone to support you in that? Counselling can help you to work through all of these things and help restore a balance to your feelings and life again. I have worked in depth with trauma, attachment issues, parenting difficulties, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, OCD and panic among many other things. I work as an integrative humanistic counsellor, which means I have been trained in a number of different ways of working. ​
Are you feeling overwhelmed or confused by your feelings? Do you have things happening you would like to talk through? Do you have unresolved history you feel ready to look at and would like someone to support you in that? Counselling can help you to work through all of these things and help restore a balance to your feelings and life again. I have worked in depth with trauma, attachment issues, parenting difficulties, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, OCD and panic among many other things. I work as an integrative humanistic counsellor, which means I have been trained in a number of different ways of working. ​
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Photo of Dr Claudia Schmidt, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Dr Claudia Schmidt
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Bristol BS9
Additionally I specialise in: OCD.
Sometimes difficulties can have a major impact on our well-being, relationships or work. Maybe friends and family can offer some support but we may also choose to see a qualified and experienced practitioner, who can provide a safe space in which to work with whatever is going on for us. I have a wide range of experience, including working in the NHS, at university as Associate Lecturer (14 years) and in a GP practice as a Lead Therapist and Supervisor, delivering Relational Integrative Therapy. I draw on Psychodynamic and Person-Centred approaches, relational CBT and CFT (Compassion-Focussed Therapy).
Additionally I specialise in: OCD.
Sometimes difficulties can have a major impact on our well-being, relationships or work. Maybe friends and family can offer some support but we may also choose to see a qualified and experienced practitioner, who can provide a safe space in which to work with whatever is going on for us. I have a wide range of experience, including working in the NHS, at university as Associate Lecturer (14 years) and in a GP practice as a Lead Therapist and Supervisor, delivering Relational Integrative Therapy. I draw on Psychodynamic and Person-Centred approaches, relational CBT and CFT (Compassion-Focussed Therapy).
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Charlie Louise Ranchhod
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS37
Hey, I'm Charlie a fully accredited a CBT & Occupational Therapist. Specialised in working with children, adolescents and young adults; ages 8-25. I also work with adults. I am passionate about helping you achieve your individualised goals through evidenced based CBT for anxiety and depression (social, health, separation, phobia, OCD, self-esteem, panic, trauma). Throughout my 20 year NHS career I've worked in a range of settings - education, specialist inpatient, CAMHS, early psychosis. This means therapy will be tailored to you, planning an effective treatment plan together which keeps your goals at the heart of what we do.
Hey, I'm Charlie a fully accredited a CBT & Occupational Therapist. Specialised in working with children, adolescents and young adults; ages 8-25. I also work with adults. I am passionate about helping you achieve your individualised goals through evidenced based CBT for anxiety and depression (social, health, separation, phobia, OCD, self-esteem, panic, trauma). Throughout my 20 year NHS career I've worked in a range of settings - education, specialist inpatient, CAMHS, early psychosis. This means therapy will be tailored to you, planning an effective treatment plan together which keeps your goals at the heart of what we do.
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Mei Choate
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS7
I am a caring, patient, and warm person and offer a safe, non-judgmental, accepting environment, where you can feel at ease and discuss what brings you to counselling. . Whether it is for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, OCD, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationships or cross-cultural issues. Having lived in the Far East and EU, I bring a lived understanding of the challenges some clients face negotiating different cultures, values and beliefs. I am an experienced BACP-accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist using an integrative approach, drawing on various models to best serve the unique person you are.
I am a caring, patient, and warm person and offer a safe, non-judgmental, accepting environment, where you can feel at ease and discuss what brings you to counselling. . Whether it is for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, OCD, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationships or cross-cultural issues. Having lived in the Far East and EU, I bring a lived understanding of the challenges some clients face negotiating different cultures, values and beliefs. I am an experienced BACP-accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist using an integrative approach, drawing on various models to best serve the unique person you are.
0117 463 2645 View 0117 463 2645
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Dr Meg Denne
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS6  (Online Only)
I have training and experience in treating a wide range of psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, stress, OCD, relational difficulties, emotional dysregulation.
I am a HCPC accredited Clinical Psychologist working in the Bristol area. I have over ten years experience working with adults, adolescents and children using evidence-based therapies to address their psychological difficulty, increase emotional awareness and move towards a calmer, more fulfilled life. My experience working with clients has emphasised to me the importance of curiosity, honesty and compassion in psychological work, where time can be taken to explore challenges. This therefore underpins my practice; I strive to create an environment which promotes honest reflective thinking in order to facilitate psychological change.
I have training and experience in treating a wide range of psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, stress, OCD, relational difficulties, emotional dysregulation.
I am a HCPC accredited Clinical Psychologist working in the Bristol area. I have over ten years experience working with adults, adolescents and children using evidence-based therapies to address their psychological difficulty, increase emotional awareness and move towards a calmer, more fulfilled life. My experience working with clients has emphasised to me the importance of curiosity, honesty and compassion in psychological work, where time can be taken to explore challenges. This therefore underpins my practice; I strive to create an environment which promotes honest reflective thinking in order to facilitate psychological change.
0117 463 3965 View 0117 463 3965

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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.