Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in Kingston upon Thames

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Dr Heather Sequeira Ph.d Ocd Trauma
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT1
I am a consultant psychologist and work specifically with people who have OCD or Trauma. In 25 years of specialist practice, I have helped 1000+ people get their lives back. It's not your fault if previous therapy hasn't yet yielded the desired results. Often, this is due to a lack of therapist expertise. I tailor therapy to exactly what is needed for YOUR issues. Therefore, your time & monetary investment is often less with me than with other non-specialist psychologists. I see only a small number of clients at any one time so that I can offer you the highest level of service.
I am a consultant psychologist and work specifically with people who have OCD or Trauma. In 25 years of specialist practice, I have helped 1000+ people get their lives back. It's not your fault if previous therapy hasn't yet yielded the desired results. Often, this is due to a lack of therapist expertise. I tailor therapy to exactly what is needed for YOUR issues. Therefore, your time & monetary investment is often less with me than with other non-specialist psychologists. I see only a small number of clients at any one time so that I can offer you the highest level of service.
01296 340137 View 01296 340137
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Madeline Saint
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT1
I have worked in the NHS previously and have therefore worked with mental health ranging from Personality Disorders to Depression. Working independently with my own practice has enabled a wider range of clients including working with eating habits, OCD and low mood. I truly believe that having some space to discuss what is going on for you makes a big difference and I will work with you on whatever issue you are bringing to the session. I have also trained in couples therapy so I am able to offer this as well as individual sessions. I offer weekday appointments, evening sessions on Wednesdays as well as virtual on a Monday evening.
I have worked in the NHS previously and have therefore worked with mental health ranging from Personality Disorders to Depression. Working independently with my own practice has enabled a wider range of clients including working with eating habits, OCD and low mood. I truly believe that having some space to discuss what is going on for you makes a big difference and I will work with you on whatever issue you are bringing to the session. I have also trained in couples therapy so I am able to offer this as well as individual sessions. I offer weekday appointments, evening sessions on Wednesdays as well as virtual on a Monday evening.
020 3962 2228 View 020 3962 2228
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Matthew Frank Gould
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT1
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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Erin Hope Thompson (Online Sessions Available)
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
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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Manch Joshi
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT1
We all have psychological ups and downs caused by the rollercoaster of life, specific events or our past. Work, relationships, families, finances, the behaviour of others, our past and health can lead us to develop unhealthy emotions. These include anxiety (shown as general stress, fatigue, panic attacks and OCD), depression (feeling lethargic or unfocussed), anger (outbursts, intolerance), guilt (we did something wrong) or shame (I’m not good enough). I work closely with clients to move forward from these to heal, achieve personal goals, enjoy life to its fullest and experience joy.
We all have psychological ups and downs caused by the rollercoaster of life, specific events or our past. Work, relationships, families, finances, the behaviour of others, our past and health can lead us to develop unhealthy emotions. These include anxiety (shown as general stress, fatigue, panic attacks and OCD), depression (feeling lethargic or unfocussed), anger (outbursts, intolerance), guilt (we did something wrong) or shame (I’m not good enough). I work closely with clients to move forward from these to heal, achieve personal goals, enjoy life to its fullest and experience joy.
020 4538 8435 View 020 4538 8435
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Ian Nethersell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
I work with clients on many issues including depression, anxiety, self-worth and anger management and have a special interest in the field of addiction and dependent behaviours and other coping strategies like self-harm, eating disorders and OCD.
I am an integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor and offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for you to discuss how you are feeling, enabling you to identify and work through those things that are troubling you in your life. The sessions and direction of therapy will be led by you. This can be short-term solution focused work, or more open ended where you can explore your life experiences to see how your past is affecting your present. We can also work on dysfunctional and distorted thought patterns, allowing you to discover new ways of being. Together we can identify the tools you need to flourish.
I work with clients on many issues including depression, anxiety, self-worth and anger management and have a special interest in the field of addiction and dependent behaviours and other coping strategies like self-harm, eating disorders and OCD.
I am an integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor and offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for you to discuss how you are feeling, enabling you to identify and work through those things that are troubling you in your life. The sessions and direction of therapy will be led by you. This can be short-term solution focused work, or more open ended where you can explore your life experiences to see how your past is affecting your present. We can also work on dysfunctional and distorted thought patterns, allowing you to discover new ways of being. Together we can identify the tools you need to flourish.
01372 677532 View 01372 677532
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Dr Reena Amin
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT1
Dr Amin is an experienced Chartered Clinical Psychologist and an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. In addition to her private practice, Dr Amin is currently working within the NHS with adults with complex and enduring mental health difficulties and works as a Lecturer and Clinical Tutor at University College London offering teaching, training and supervision. Dr Amin specialises in working with adult mental health and works with a range of difficulties such as trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalised anxiety, phobias, eating disorders and personality disorders.
Dr Amin is an experienced Chartered Clinical Psychologist and an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. In addition to her private practice, Dr Amin is currently working within the NHS with adults with complex and enduring mental health difficulties and works as a Lecturer and Clinical Tutor at University College London offering teaching, training and supervision. Dr Amin specialises in working with adult mental health and works with a range of difficulties such as trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalised anxiety, phobias, eating disorders and personality disorders.
020 8103 5986 View 020 8103 5986
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Tara O'Donoghue- Homebased Talking therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
I am a Senior Psychotherapist, specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT). Specialities include assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, such as OCD, BDD, body image, phobias and depressive episodes. I work with you to understand family systems and break cycles. Previous positions at the Maudsley Hospital include head of the OCD/BDD anxiety unit, working alongside Prof D Veale. Team leader of the national outpatient unit and chairperson of the BABCP committee in the Isle of Man. I can also offer intensive treatment homevisits.
I am a Senior Psychotherapist, specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT). Specialities include assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, such as OCD, BDD, body image, phobias and depressive episodes. I work with you to understand family systems and break cycles. Previous positions at the Maudsley Hospital include head of the OCD/BDD anxiety unit, working alongside Prof D Veale. Team leader of the national outpatient unit and chairperson of the BABCP committee in the Isle of Man. I can also offer intensive treatment homevisits.
07492 884493 View 07492 884493
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Dr Sara Bhattachary
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT1
Growing up can be hard and modern life presents many challenges for young people. Perhaps you are a parent, having noticed your child seems sad, withdrawn or not themselves. They may seem worried or anxious. You may be a young person yourself, struggling to manage the unrelenting pressure of society, education, social media, friends and family. Perhaps you are the parent of a much younger child, wanting to learn new ways of managing their behaviour or worries. Whatever your reasons for being here, thank you for visiting my profile. Please get in touch to discuss your concerns and how I can help you to find a new way forward.
Growing up can be hard and modern life presents many challenges for young people. Perhaps you are a parent, having noticed your child seems sad, withdrawn or not themselves. They may seem worried or anxious. You may be a young person yourself, struggling to manage the unrelenting pressure of society, education, social media, friends and family. Perhaps you are the parent of a much younger child, wanting to learn new ways of managing their behaviour or worries. Whatever your reasons for being here, thank you for visiting my profile. Please get in touch to discuss your concerns and how I can help you to find a new way forward.
020 4538 5383 View 020 4538 5383
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Gemma Krier-Mead
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
01372 239675 View 01372 239675
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Sarah Weir
Psychotherapist, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
You might be coming to therapy because there is a specific situation or issue, that is causing you distress, and leaving you feeling conflicted, or overwhelmed. Or you might come to therapy because you have a sense that your life isn't working out the way that you'd hoped, perhaps there is something missing that you can't put your finger on or put words to. These difficulties could be linked to the way that you see yourself or to patterns in relationships that stop you getting what you want from life. Many difficulties stem not from feelings themselves, but the way that we've learned to manage those feelings or the way we think about those feelings. Therapy provides a safe space to think together about the issues that you face. It is very much a two-way relationship, in which we work together to understand what the underlying difficulties are. We all have a story inside our heads about who we are and who the world is and that story affects how we interpret what is happening in the here and now. Understanding this story can help you to react to the present moment more creatively and with more of a sense of choice.
You might be coming to therapy because there is a specific situation or issue, that is causing you distress, and leaving you feeling conflicted, or overwhelmed. Or you might come to therapy because you have a sense that your life isn't working out the way that you'd hoped, perhaps there is something missing that you can't put your finger on or put words to. These difficulties could be linked to the way that you see yourself or to patterns in relationships that stop you getting what you want from life. Many difficulties stem not from feelings themselves, but the way that we've learned to manage those feelings or the way we think about those feelings. Therapy provides a safe space to think together about the issues that you face. It is very much a two-way relationship, in which we work together to understand what the underlying difficulties are. We all have a story inside our heads about who we are and who the world is and that story affects how we interpret what is happening in the here and now. Understanding this story can help you to react to the present moment more creatively and with more of a sense of choice.
01372 239683 View 01372 239683
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Tony Williams
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
Maybe you’re thinking and feeling things you don’t want to think or feel. Or maybe feeling nothing at all. Perhaps things keep going wrong; or perhaps nothing changes. It could be you feel you can’t cope. Or something has just come and hit you for six. Counselling is a safe place to explore things like that. It’s a place with the potential for personal change. Fortunately, we humans can change our minds. Literally. A fancy word for this is plasticity. Even more, we are designed to change in each other’s company. It’s how humans learn to fit in. So we make a new relationship, you and I, and this is our vehicle for change.
Maybe you’re thinking and feeling things you don’t want to think or feel. Or maybe feeling nothing at all. Perhaps things keep going wrong; or perhaps nothing changes. It could be you feel you can’t cope. Or something has just come and hit you for six. Counselling is a safe place to explore things like that. It’s a place with the potential for personal change. Fortunately, we humans can change our minds. Literally. A fancy word for this is plasticity. Even more, we are designed to change in each other’s company. It’s how humans learn to fit in. So we make a new relationship, you and I, and this is our vehicle for change.
01748 901825 View 01748 901825
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Ricky Brown
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
I trained as a psychotherapist later in life following a previous career working with vulnerable individuals. Coupled with my now extensive psychotherapeutic training, I am a knowledgeable, conscientious and empathetic individual whom is well respected within the field.
I trained as a psychotherapist later in life following a previous career working with vulnerable individuals. Coupled with my now extensive psychotherapeutic training, I am a knowledgeable, conscientious and empathetic individual whom is well respected within the field.
01748 901333 View 01748 901333
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Aldona Olchanowska
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT1
Hello, I am Aldona. You are here so maybe it means you are thinking about counselling or psychotherapy. Investing in mental health is as important as physical. Anybody can benefit from therapy no matter what age or gender you are. It can be very rewarding because it helps you be the person you want to be. In these times of uncertainty, uneasy economic and political situation; isolation, bereavement and also historic emotional issues could be experienced more frequently and intensively. Difficulties experienced for a prolonged time can lead to somatic problems. “A good life is a process, not a state of being" (Carl Rogers)
Hello, I am Aldona. You are here so maybe it means you are thinking about counselling or psychotherapy. Investing in mental health is as important as physical. Anybody can benefit from therapy no matter what age or gender you are. It can be very rewarding because it helps you be the person you want to be. In these times of uncertainty, uneasy economic and political situation; isolation, bereavement and also historic emotional issues could be experienced more frequently and intensively. Difficulties experienced for a prolonged time can lead to somatic problems. “A good life is a process, not a state of being" (Carl Rogers)
020 3962 1014 View 020 3962 1014
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Jayne Coates
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
Feeling low? Not sure why? Or maybe you know why but not sure what to do about it. Either way, I am here to help you work through this difficult time. It takes courage to reach out and ask for support so it is important to find a counsellor who you feel comfortable with. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to help you reflect on your personal experiences, develop self-awareness and make the changes you are looking for, to obtain a more fulfilling life. Asking for support is not admitting you can't cope, it's about looking for ways to help you cope.
Feeling low? Not sure why? Or maybe you know why but not sure what to do about it. Either way, I am here to help you work through this difficult time. It takes courage to reach out and ask for support so it is important to find a counsellor who you feel comfortable with. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to help you reflect on your personal experiences, develop self-awareness and make the changes you are looking for, to obtain a more fulfilling life. Asking for support is not admitting you can't cope, it's about looking for ways to help you cope.
01372 235285 View 01372 235285
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Annahita Nezami
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston upon Thames KT2
I provide therapy to individuals, couples, and families to help them move past painful and challenging life experiences. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is central to the process of change, and aim to create a therapeutic space that is caring, respectful, and contained. I always work collaboratively and draw from Eastern wisdom traditions and psychological theories and models grounded in scientific evidence.
I provide therapy to individuals, couples, and families to help them move past painful and challenging life experiences. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is central to the process of change, and aim to create a therapeutic space that is caring, respectful, and contained. I always work collaboratively and draw from Eastern wisdom traditions and psychological theories and models grounded in scientific evidence.
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Kate Lewis
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
I am a psychotherapist practising Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). In addition to private practice, I have experience working as a psychotherapist for the NHS providing CBT for people experiencing depression and anxiety disorders. I also have experience at a London-based drug and alcohol service, providing REBT for those involved with problematic drug and alcohol use and its associated issues. I also have experience at Mind (the mental health charity) providing REBT and CBT for a broad client population experiencing a broad range of problems.
I am a psychotherapist practising Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). In addition to private practice, I have experience working as a psychotherapist for the NHS providing CBT for people experiencing depression and anxiety disorders. I also have experience at a London-based drug and alcohol service, providing REBT for those involved with problematic drug and alcohol use and its associated issues. I also have experience at Mind (the mental health charity) providing REBT and CBT for a broad client population experiencing a broad range of problems.
01748 902523 View 01748 902523
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Mimi Fakhri
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
I help people with anxiety, stress and worry (including phobias and insomnia). I understand how debilitating anxiety & worry can be - often physically and mentally draining. It can feel as if anxiety is starting to rule your life. My aim is to help you learn skills to break free from your anxiety and worry, and reclaim your life. I want to work WITH you, rather than doing therapy TO you - after all, you are the expert in you! I'm also passionate about helping you develop the skills to become your own therapist, not reliant on me or tied into long-term therapy.
I help people with anxiety, stress and worry (including phobias and insomnia). I understand how debilitating anxiety & worry can be - often physically and mentally draining. It can feel as if anxiety is starting to rule your life. My aim is to help you learn skills to break free from your anxiety and worry, and reclaim your life. I want to work WITH you, rather than doing therapy TO you - after all, you are the expert in you! I'm also passionate about helping you develop the skills to become your own therapist, not reliant on me or tied into long-term therapy.
020 3835 4539 View 020 3835 4539
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Sarah Kirkham
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT1
Are you experiencing difficult feelings that you are struggling to cope with? I can help you to explore these feelings at your own pace in a warm environment where you feel comfortable. I will do this by offering you a safe and confidential relationship where we can explore whatever is troubling you. I strongly believe that for therapy to be successful it is essential that we build a trusting relationship and that you feel comfortable working with me.
Are you experiencing difficult feelings that you are struggling to cope with? I can help you to explore these feelings at your own pace in a warm environment where you feel comfortable. I will do this by offering you a safe and confidential relationship where we can explore whatever is troubling you. I strongly believe that for therapy to be successful it is essential that we build a trusting relationship and that you feel comfortable working with me.
020 3984 9527 View 020 3984 9527
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Lauren Collins
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Kingston upon Thames KT2
“We often find that the harder we try to get rid of emotions and thoughts, the stronger they become.” Hi, I’m Lauren. As an experienced counsellor, I believe that people have a core self who is compassionate, curious, calm, creative, clear, courageous, confident and connected. However, through life experiences and challenges these core qualities can be squashed by parts of us whose main role is to help us to survive in the world. This is like the sun that is always constant but is sometimes covered by cloud. Therapy can be the wind that helps to move the cloud to allow the sun to cast its light on our lives.
“We often find that the harder we try to get rid of emotions and thoughts, the stronger they become.” Hi, I’m Lauren. As an experienced counsellor, I believe that people have a core self who is compassionate, curious, calm, creative, clear, courageous, confident and connected. However, through life experiences and challenges these core qualities can be squashed by parts of us whose main role is to help us to survive in the world. This is like the sun that is always constant but is sometimes covered by cloud. Therapy can be the wind that helps to move the cloud to allow the sun to cast its light on our lives.
020 4538 9448 View 020 4538 9448
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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.