Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in Formby

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Vanessa Mount
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Formby L37
Maybe you have a phobia, OCD or lost a loved one or pet.
Ex military, now multi skilled therapist. The military provided me with valuable insights and experiences. Vast exposure, witnessing various traumas and mental health impacts highlighted the importance of mental health suport and the benefit of it to others. Having supported others for years through issues such as suicide, abuse, sexual vilence, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, selfharm, neglect, relational conflict, PTSD and the impacts of bereavement I wanted to continue similar support throughy therapy.
Maybe you have a phobia, OCD or lost a loved one or pet.
Ex military, now multi skilled therapist. The military provided me with valuable insights and experiences. Vast exposure, witnessing various traumas and mental health impacts highlighted the importance of mental health suport and the benefit of it to others. Having supported others for years through issues such as suicide, abuse, sexual vilence, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, selfharm, neglect, relational conflict, PTSD and the impacts of bereavement I wanted to continue similar support throughy therapy.
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Lyn Julie Charnock
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Formby L37  (Online Only)
Eg Stress,Worry, overthinking, low mood, anger, panic, OCD, intrusive thoughts, phobias.
Taking your first step towards better Mental Health starts here, when you get in touch I understand how hard that step can be and I am committed to helping you get the support you deserve and need. I offer a safe non judgemental space to be listened to and understood and together, make sense of things so that we can plan goals to help you reach your potential. If you would like to think things through, to decide if CBT feels right for you, please email me in the first instance and i will get back to you to arrange a brief chat.
Eg Stress,Worry, overthinking, low mood, anger, panic, OCD, intrusive thoughts, phobias.
Taking your first step towards better Mental Health starts here, when you get in touch I understand how hard that step can be and I am committed to helping you get the support you deserve and need. I offer a safe non judgemental space to be listened to and understood and together, make sense of things so that we can plan goals to help you reach your potential. If you would like to think things through, to decide if CBT feels right for you, please email me in the first instance and i will get back to you to arrange a brief chat.
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Sonya Maria Warscher
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Formby L37
anxiety, depression, OCD, panic, self-harm.
I have over 18 years of experience working with children, young people and adults. I work in person, in my own therapeutic space in the North-West, and anywhere by Video. Whilst my training in the Person-centred approach underpins all my work, I am also trained in CBT. I started working with children as a primary school teacher and now as a therapist, I work in one of the leading centres for counselling children and young adults in the North-West. Alongside my therapeutic work, I am a college lecturer helping enable trainee counsellors to achieve their first professional qualification.
anxiety, depression, OCD, panic, self-harm.
I have over 18 years of experience working with children, young people and adults. I work in person, in my own therapeutic space in the North-West, and anywhere by Video. Whilst my training in the Person-centred approach underpins all my work, I am also trained in CBT. I started working with children as a primary school teacher and now as a therapist, I work in one of the leading centres for counselling children and young adults in the North-West. Alongside my therapeutic work, I am a college lecturer helping enable trainee counsellors to achieve their first professional qualification.
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Photo of Hayley Jane Trevalyan, MBACP, Counsellor
Hayley Jane Trevalyan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Formby L37
My therapeutic approach is based on the belief that each of us carries within ourselves the wisdom and tools to initiate our own healing process, the therapeutic relationship then becomes a facilitation of a return to self. Through my own journey of recovery and successfully sustaining sobriety I have become a believer in being able to reinvent your life. To address addiction is often very difficult and takes incredible courage. But the gifts of recovery from addiction are tremendous. As your therapist I will quickly identify the causes, conditions and underlying concerns that are causing your pain.
My therapeutic approach is based on the belief that each of us carries within ourselves the wisdom and tools to initiate our own healing process, the therapeutic relationship then becomes a facilitation of a return to self. Through my own journey of recovery and successfully sustaining sobriety I have become a believer in being able to reinvent your life. To address addiction is often very difficult and takes incredible courage. But the gifts of recovery from addiction are tremendous. As your therapist I will quickly identify the causes, conditions and underlying concerns that are causing your pain.
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Claudia Aldersley
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Formby L37
I have over 30 years experience of working with children, young adults and parents, firstly as a teacher and then as a therapist, supervisor and clinical lead within the NHS. Perhaps school feels hard; sticking to rules is tricky; making friends is a struggle - all of these things can be explored in therapy. I have a real understanding of how growing up can sometimes feel as if it needs to be navigated, rather than enjoyed. I also work with parents, appreciating the struggles (and joys) of life with children. I am experienced in working with neuro-divergence (ASC, ADHD). Alongside therapy I also teach counselling at University.
I have over 30 years experience of working with children, young adults and parents, firstly as a teacher and then as a therapist, supervisor and clinical lead within the NHS. Perhaps school feels hard; sticking to rules is tricky; making friends is a struggle - all of these things can be explored in therapy. I have a real understanding of how growing up can sometimes feel as if it needs to be navigated, rather than enjoyed. I also work with parents, appreciating the struggles (and joys) of life with children. I am experienced in working with neuro-divergence (ASC, ADHD). Alongside therapy I also teach counselling at University.
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Southport Counselling Service
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Formby L37
Are you feeling stuck, facing a challenging period, struggling to cope or just wanting to understand yourself better? Are you feeling lost, powerless and helpless? You might have experienced a life changing event such as bereavement or divorce and be struggling with knowing how to cope with the future. Are you experiencing stress at work, even feelings of panic? I can help you explore these issues and others in a safe, quiet and relaxing environment. You are an expert on you. I look forward to hearing from you if you’d like to work with me.
Are you feeling stuck, facing a challenging period, struggling to cope or just wanting to understand yourself better? Are you feeling lost, powerless and helpless? You might have experienced a life changing event such as bereavement or divorce and be struggling with knowing how to cope with the future. Are you experiencing stress at work, even feelings of panic? I can help you explore these issues and others in a safe, quiet and relaxing environment. You are an expert on you. I look forward to hearing from you if you’d like to work with me.
01704 335558 View 01704 335558
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Louise Bol Cbt Therapist Supervisor
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Formby L37
Are you you feeling anxious a lot of the time? Or waking up most mornings feeling low, thinking 'what's the point'? It's as if no one really understands what you are going through. I have 'been there, done that, bought the T-shirt' myself, before becoming a counsellor, so know from personal experience that getting the right professional support can make all the difference. I am a warm, caring and experienced CBT Therapist/Counsellor who helps people overcome anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, etc, I work with you find a way forward to deal with whatever is troubling you. Contact me for free 20 min apt to discuss how I can help.
Are you you feeling anxious a lot of the time? Or waking up most mornings feeling low, thinking 'what's the point'? It's as if no one really understands what you are going through. I have 'been there, done that, bought the T-shirt' myself, before becoming a counsellor, so know from personal experience that getting the right professional support can make all the difference. I am a warm, caring and experienced CBT Therapist/Counsellor who helps people overcome anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, etc, I work with you find a way forward to deal with whatever is troubling you. Contact me for free 20 min apt to discuss how I can help.
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Ishbel Grace Straker
Verified Verified
Formby L37
As the owner and director of I Straker Consultants, working from my private practice at The Honeycomb Building in Liverpool city centre, I specialise in Anxiety, Depression, Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health, Perimenopausal and Gambling addiction treatment in Liverpool, Merseyside and the surrounding areas. I am a Consultant Prescribing Nurse who studied Psychiatric Nursing at University of Central Lancashire and gained her Masters in Prescribing at the University of West London. Ishbel specialises in ADHD assessments, diagnosis and treatment for adults. The charges for these assessments are £390. .
As the owner and director of I Straker Consultants, working from my private practice at The Honeycomb Building in Liverpool city centre, I specialise in Anxiety, Depression, Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health, Perimenopausal and Gambling addiction treatment in Liverpool, Merseyside and the surrounding areas. I am a Consultant Prescribing Nurse who studied Psychiatric Nursing at University of Central Lancashire and gained her Masters in Prescribing at the University of West London. Ishbel specialises in ADHD assessments, diagnosis and treatment for adults. The charges for these assessments are £390. .
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Alliance Counselling: Louise Critchley-Thomas
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Formby L37
Each of us experience difficulties at some point in our lives and having a confidential, safe place to discuss problems, allows us to share our burdens more readily. Asking for help is a brave step, therefore it is important to me that my clients feel heard and understood. Your problems are unique to you and this requires a flexible, individual approach. I am a fully qualified and experienced psychotherapist, trained in Person-Centred Therapy, I offer a warm, supportive and non-judgemental space for clients, where they can work through their problems, at their pace.
Each of us experience difficulties at some point in our lives and having a confidential, safe place to discuss problems, allows us to share our burdens more readily. Asking for help is a brave step, therefore it is important to me that my clients feel heard and understood. Your problems are unique to you and this requires a flexible, individual approach. I am a fully qualified and experienced psychotherapist, trained in Person-Centred Therapy, I offer a warm, supportive and non-judgemental space for clients, where they can work through their problems, at their pace.
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Paula's Helping Hand
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Formby L37
Do you want to manage your stress, feel happier, and be more confident within yourself? Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling to navigate life's challenges alone? I will listen to you without any judgment, help you understand where your difficulties may be coming from. Whether it's managing anxiety, overcoming past traumas, or enhancing self-esteem, my goal is to provide a safe space for exploration and healing. Let's work together to uncover your strengths, cultivate resilience, and empower you to live a more fulfilling life. Reach out today and take the first step towards your journey of self-discovery and personal growth.
Do you want to manage your stress, feel happier, and be more confident within yourself? Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling to navigate life's challenges alone? I will listen to you without any judgment, help you understand where your difficulties may be coming from. Whether it's managing anxiety, overcoming past traumas, or enhancing self-esteem, my goal is to provide a safe space for exploration and healing. Let's work together to uncover your strengths, cultivate resilience, and empower you to live a more fulfilling life. Reach out today and take the first step towards your journey of self-discovery and personal growth.
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Donna Harding
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Formby L37
Hello, I'm Donna, a dedicated and empathic therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry, I have my own successful and thriving private practice. I specialise in person-centred therapy, drawing from my extensive background in leadership and mentoring, outdoor and experiential learning. I provide therapy for adults, children, and adolescents dealing with a range of challenges including relationship difficulties, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, and grief. I also offer specialised support for individuals navigating the impact of childhood trauma on adult life.
Hello, I'm Donna, a dedicated and empathic therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry, I have my own successful and thriving private practice. I specialise in person-centred therapy, drawing from my extensive background in leadership and mentoring, outdoor and experiential learning. I provide therapy for adults, children, and adolescents dealing with a range of challenges including relationship difficulties, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, and grief. I also offer specialised support for individuals navigating the impact of childhood trauma on adult life.
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Virginia E Toole
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Formby L37  (Online Only)
Do you feel ripped apart and shaken to your core? You don't want to be a burden to your friends and you can't talk to family, it's all so overwhelming. The deepest pit of despair and hurt, mixed emotions, anguish, anger, confusion, barely coping with intense non- stop life changes. Loss of family, partner or treasured friend, sudden or chronic illness, even loss of the person you used to be! Aging, guilt about lifestyle, fear of a new job and moving... the prickly heartache from losing your beloved pet. You don't even have the strength to take the next step, to pull yourself through while trying to reach your old self.
Do you feel ripped apart and shaken to your core? You don't want to be a burden to your friends and you can't talk to family, it's all so overwhelming. The deepest pit of despair and hurt, mixed emotions, anguish, anger, confusion, barely coping with intense non- stop life changes. Loss of family, partner or treasured friend, sudden or chronic illness, even loss of the person you used to be! Aging, guilt about lifestyle, fear of a new job and moving... the prickly heartache from losing your beloved pet. You don't even have the strength to take the next step, to pull yourself through while trying to reach your old self.
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Virtual CBT Clinic
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ormskirk L39  (Online Only)
As a Psychotherapist, I support clients with common mental health difficulties, including: Major Depressive Disorder; Perfectionism; Low Self-Esteem; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Hoarding Disorder; Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD); Social Anxiety Disorder; Health Anxiety Disorder; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD); Panic Disorder; Specific Phobia; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); and more. So, if you are feeling low, lacking in motivation, are self-critical, engage in ritualistic behaviours, struggle with social interactions, have a lot of worries, or relive traumatic experiences, I can help you.
As a Psychotherapist, I support clients with common mental health difficulties, including: Major Depressive Disorder; Perfectionism; Low Self-Esteem; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Hoarding Disorder; Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD); Social Anxiety Disorder; Health Anxiety Disorder; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD); Panic Disorder; Specific Phobia; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); and more. So, if you are feeling low, lacking in motivation, are self-critical, engage in ritualistic behaviours, struggle with social interactions, have a lot of worries, or relive traumatic experiences, I can help you.
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Photo of George Maxwell, MSc, MBABCP, Psychotherapist
George Maxwell
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liverpool L22
I offer evidence-based CBT, EMDR and Positive Psychology Coaching to support clients across the full range of the wellbeing spectrum. As an accredited CBT Therapist, I will help you to overcome your anxiety and depression problems using active, effective treatments that will change your life. I specialise in OCD (and its many subtypes), PTSD and Social Anxiety. As a Coaching Psychologist, I can teach you how to flourish, achieve your life goals, and live a life full of meaning and value. I work with clients internationally via Zoom and offer in-person therapy at my office in Rodney Street in Liverpool.
I offer evidence-based CBT, EMDR and Positive Psychology Coaching to support clients across the full range of the wellbeing spectrum. As an accredited CBT Therapist, I will help you to overcome your anxiety and depression problems using active, effective treatments that will change your life. I specialise in OCD (and its many subtypes), PTSD and Social Anxiety. As a Coaching Psychologist, I can teach you how to flourish, achieve your life goals, and live a life full of meaning and value. I work with clients internationally via Zoom and offer in-person therapy at my office in Rodney Street in Liverpool.
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Photo of Lynsey Corner - The Therapy Corner, MBABCP, Psychotherapist
The Therapy Corner
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Crosby L22  (Online Only)
I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for disorder specific intervention such as OCD, social anxiety, low mood, GAD, phobia, trauma.
Hi my name is Lynsey and I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse in which I specialise in child and adolescent mental health. I am BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapist. I have completed the specialised EMDR training for children which enables me to work with children and young people from the age of 2 years old.
I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for disorder specific intervention such as OCD, social anxiety, low mood, GAD, phobia, trauma.
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Diane Feeney - Counsellor And C B T Therapist
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Ormskirk L39
FACE2FACE, online or phone OPEN 7 DAYS -Adults,Couples,Young People 4-18 & Families. Anxious,depressed,afraid,worried? Experienced CAMHS & IAPT Counsellor. WEBSITE: https:/www.diane-feeney-elements-in-counselling.com Here to listen Mob07494 120291 Small niggles growing or a big worry; Relationships? Bereaved? Issues causing anxieties leading to depression? Appt’s: Day,Eve, zoom/phone Short/long term. Providing Mindfulness/calming techniques, Play/Crafts/Art Therapy, Parenting Guidance/Support MBACP Reg no:299337 So...Do you Need to Talk? Perhaps just 1 Session or 1 Session At A Time Therapy! ADHD, OCD Asperger's.
FACE2FACE, online or phone OPEN 7 DAYS -Adults,Couples,Young People 4-18 & Families. Anxious,depressed,afraid,worried? Experienced CAMHS & IAPT Counsellor. WEBSITE: https:/www.diane-feeney-elements-in-counselling.com Here to listen Mob07494 120291 Small niggles growing or a big worry; Relationships? Bereaved? Issues causing anxieties leading to depression? Appt’s: Day,Eve, zoom/phone Short/long term. Providing Mindfulness/calming techniques, Play/Crafts/Art Therapy, Parenting Guidance/Support MBACP Reg no:299337 So...Do you Need to Talk? Perhaps just 1 Session or 1 Session At A Time Therapy! ADHD, OCD Asperger's.
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Elizabeth Mosses Relationship Specialist And Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Ormskirk L39
and offer individual therapy for help with anxiety, depression, OCD and many other issues.
Life is tough for everyone at the moment. Everything seems so stressful and difficult and you wonder why you don't seem to cope when everyone else does. You can't make sense of what is happening either with you or your relationship. You may be anxious or fearful for the future and really fed up feeling the way you do and never getting beyond it? Would you like help to understand why you feel this way, to take back control of your thoughts and feelings and your relationships? Reach out to me and between us we can understand and work through these issues.
and offer individual therapy for help with anxiety, depression, OCD and many other issues.
Life is tough for everyone at the moment. Everything seems so stressful and difficult and you wonder why you don't seem to cope when everyone else does. You can't make sense of what is happening either with you or your relationship. You may be anxious or fearful for the future and really fed up feeling the way you do and never getting beyond it? Would you like help to understand why you feel this way, to take back control of your thoughts and feelings and your relationships? Reach out to me and between us we can understand and work through these issues.
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Dr Joanne Lacey
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Crosby L22
I specialise in anxiety treatment, including OCD and intrusive thoughts.
I offer leading edge psychotherapies and neuro-cognitive therapies for mind, mood and body. Working holistically with the physical affect of life experiences, emotions and thoughts is the future of therapy. Working in a holistic integrated way works at a deeper level to drive lasting change, whether we are working through anxiety, depression, trauma, self- esteem issues, relationship, family or work stresses. I am an integrated therapist, which means that I am highly trained in different approaches, enabling us to work flexibly and select the best treatment plan for you.
I specialise in anxiety treatment, including OCD and intrusive thoughts.
I offer leading edge psychotherapies and neuro-cognitive therapies for mind, mood and body. Working holistically with the physical affect of life experiences, emotions and thoughts is the future of therapy. Working in a holistic integrated way works at a deeper level to drive lasting change, whether we are working through anxiety, depression, trauma, self- esteem issues, relationship, family or work stresses. I am an integrated therapist, which means that I am highly trained in different approaches, enabling us to work flexibly and select the best treatment plan for you.
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Photo of Andrea Connell, MBACP Accred, Counsellor
Andrea Connell
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Everton L5
I've worked with a diverse range of clients for issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, addiction, panic attacks, stress, bereavement and relationship problems.
We all have times when we feel lost, alone or misunderstood. We want things to change but we don’t know how. Unsure of what we want we may talk to family or friends, but all they do is offer opinions. Sometimes we have no one to talk to and remain trapped in isolation unsure of own truth. This is where counselling can help.
I've worked with a diverse range of clients for issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, addiction, panic attacks, stress, bereavement and relationship problems.
We all have times when we feel lost, alone or misunderstood. We want things to change but we don’t know how. Unsure of what we want we may talk to family or friends, but all they do is offer opinions. Sometimes we have no one to talk to and remain trapped in isolation unsure of own truth. This is where counselling can help.
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charles bradshaw
Psychotherapist, PsychD, BACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L9
My practice as a therapist covers Person centred counseling and CBT. PCC helps you to look at how your feeling, may impact on your day today experiences. CBT helps you to track your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Both models help you to gain control and learn new skills to reinforce change. They Futher help you to set goals and with the help of mindfulness, helps you to forge new pathways. Mindfulness helps you to make changes in the present moment, addiction, phobias, anxiety and depression, OCD. Therapy is always about what you would like to change in the future. PCC and CBT help you to see your new change and what fits.
My practice as a therapist covers Person centred counseling and CBT. PCC helps you to look at how your feeling, may impact on your day today experiences. CBT helps you to track your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Both models help you to gain control and learn new skills to reinforce change. They Futher help you to set goals and with the help of mindfulness, helps you to forge new pathways. Mindfulness helps you to make changes in the present moment, addiction, phobias, anxiety and depression, OCD. Therapy is always about what you would like to change in the future. PCC and CBT help you to see your new change and what fits.
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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.