Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in South London, London

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Mirna Saad
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
South London, London SW17  (Online Only)
I’m Mirna, a non-judgmental CBT therapist dedicated to helping you overcome life’s challenges. Whether you’re dealing with OCD, panic disorder, phobias, PTSD, managing long-term health conditions, or navigating through grief and loss, I’m here to support you. I am here to help you understand the issue and aid you to have a more peaceful relationship with yourself, reducing the impact that your mental health has on your everyday life.
I’m Mirna, a non-judgmental CBT therapist dedicated to helping you overcome life’s challenges. Whether you’re dealing with OCD, panic disorder, phobias, PTSD, managing long-term health conditions, or navigating through grief and loss, I’m here to support you. I am here to help you understand the issue and aid you to have a more peaceful relationship with yourself, reducing the impact that your mental health has on your everyday life.
020 3872 2647 View 020 3872 2647
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Jonny Say
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
South London, London SE1  (Online Only)
I am a specialist therapist on ACT/ERP for OCD.
I am an integrative therapist specialising in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for a broad range of psychological difficulties. I am co-director for the Integrative Centre for OCD Therapy www.integrativecentreforocd.co.uk. My approach to therapy is integrative, drawing primarily on ACT and CFT along with therapies that focus on relationships and social connection (FAP). I have NHS experience. I have worked with a range of clients from charities to Leaders in Business, Tech & Sports.
I am a specialist therapist on ACT/ERP for OCD.
I am an integrative therapist specialising in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for a broad range of psychological difficulties. I am co-director for the Integrative Centre for OCD Therapy www.integrativecentreforocd.co.uk. My approach to therapy is integrative, drawing primarily on ACT and CFT along with therapies that focus on relationships and social connection (FAP). I have NHS experience. I have worked with a range of clients from charities to Leaders in Business, Tech & Sports.
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Christopher David Harris
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, London SW2  (Online Only)
I specialise working with trauma (PTSD & C-PTSD), anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, gender and sexuality issues, addiction, relationship issues, neurodiversity (autism, ADHD, learning difficulties), personality disorder, sleep and stress management.
I have a friendly and down to earth approach, focused on developing a positive and trusting relationship with you. Our therapeutic relationship is paramount to working effectively and I strive to provide compassionate and holistic care.
I specialise working with trauma (PTSD & C-PTSD), anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, gender and sexuality issues, addiction, relationship issues, neurodiversity (autism, ADHD, learning difficulties), personality disorder, sleep and stress management.
I have a friendly and down to earth approach, focused on developing a positive and trusting relationship with you. Our therapeutic relationship is paramount to working effectively and I strive to provide compassionate and holistic care.
020 3376 8023 View 020 3376 8023
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Sinead Nolan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South London, London SE1
I aim for a warm and welcoming atmosphere as I believe it is important to feel comfortable in the room with your therapist. I am experienced in working with panic attacks, generalised anxiety, depression, work stress, OCD, relationship issues, conflict management, low self-esteem, intrusive thoughts and grief and loss. The therapy hour last 50 minutes. This is your space and you can bring whatever you choose. All feelings and ideas are acceptable in the room and everything is confidential. Therapy moves at your pace and it is also your decision when to end therapy.
I aim for a warm and welcoming atmosphere as I believe it is important to feel comfortable in the room with your therapist. I am experienced in working with panic attacks, generalised anxiety, depression, work stress, OCD, relationship issues, conflict management, low self-esteem, intrusive thoughts and grief and loss. The therapy hour last 50 minutes. This is your space and you can bring whatever you choose. All feelings and ideas are acceptable in the room and everything is confidential. Therapy moves at your pace and it is also your decision when to end therapy.
07480 486943 View 07480 486943
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Dr Maxine King
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, London SE13  (Online Only)
I am a highly experienced counselling psychologist and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist who has been in clinical practice since 2004. I offer modern, evidenced-based psychological therapy for adults experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties. I specialise in working with anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety, panic and post traumatic stress disorder), depression, trauma, low self-esteem and relationship problems.
I am a highly experienced counselling psychologist and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist who has been in clinical practice since 2004. I offer modern, evidenced-based psychological therapy for adults experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties. I specialise in working with anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety, panic and post traumatic stress disorder), depression, trauma, low self-esteem and relationship problems.
01689 661687 View 01689 661687
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Abdullah Aldiwan
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South London, London SW9  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist and qualified CBT therapist with a passion for helping others overcome mental health difficulties. I have many years of experience of working individually with others experiencing a wide variety of difficulties, ranging from personal, interpersonal, physical health and mood related difficulties. I also pride myself on being able to consider diversity within the therapeutic framework and pride myself on my working in an antiracist and trans acceptance and inclusionary manner. My specialties include depression, various forms of anxiety (e.g. excessive worrying, social, OCD and health) and trauma.
I am a clinical psychologist and qualified CBT therapist with a passion for helping others overcome mental health difficulties. I have many years of experience of working individually with others experiencing a wide variety of difficulties, ranging from personal, interpersonal, physical health and mood related difficulties. I also pride myself on being able to consider diversity within the therapeutic framework and pride myself on my working in an antiracist and trans acceptance and inclusionary manner. My specialties include depression, various forms of anxiety (e.g. excessive worrying, social, OCD and health) and trauma.
020 7101 1661 View 020 7101 1661
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Emily Gardner Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
South London, London SW2  (Online Only)
Anxiety can take many different forms: overwhelming worry, distressing intrusive thoughts/images, an excessive need to be "absolutely certain", obsessive doubts and self-criticism, to name just a few. As a result, you may use compulsive or other problematic behaviours, or even avoid certain situations all together, in order to cope. But now these behaviours have become the problem, and they’re starting to affect your life. It can be exhausting. The good news is, however your anxiety presents itself, I can help you take back control and reclaim your life from anxiety. To learn more about me, visit my website emilygardner.co.uk
Anxiety can take many different forms: overwhelming worry, distressing intrusive thoughts/images, an excessive need to be "absolutely certain", obsessive doubts and self-criticism, to name just a few. As a result, you may use compulsive or other problematic behaviours, or even avoid certain situations all together, in order to cope. But now these behaviours have become the problem, and they’re starting to affect your life. It can be exhausting. The good news is, however your anxiety presents itself, I can help you take back control and reclaim your life from anxiety. To learn more about me, visit my website emilygardner.co.uk
020 3002 6611 View 020 3002 6611
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Dr Sinem Tekes (Clinpsych Cbt Therapist)
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, London SE8  (Online Only)
My main specialism involves delivering evidence-based CBT to a range of difficulties including depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, OCD, panic, health anxiety and phobias including emetophobia.
Sometimes our life experiences can trigger feelings of low mood and anxiety, and you may wish to see how therapy can help you. As a clinical psychologist and CBT therapist with over 10 years working in the NHS, I will work collaboratively with you to gain an understanding of how your difficulties started, what is keeping them going, and how you can overcome them. I believe that working together and forming a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to gaining positive outcomes and reaching therapy goals. I am friendly, warm and laid back and endeavour to help you feel supported throughout your therapy journey.
My main specialism involves delivering evidence-based CBT to a range of difficulties including depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, OCD, panic, health anxiety and phobias including emetophobia.
Sometimes our life experiences can trigger feelings of low mood and anxiety, and you may wish to see how therapy can help you. As a clinical psychologist and CBT therapist with over 10 years working in the NHS, I will work collaboratively with you to gain an understanding of how your difficulties started, what is keeping them going, and how you can overcome them. I believe that working together and forming a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to gaining positive outcomes and reaching therapy goals. I am friendly, warm and laid back and endeavour to help you feel supported throughout your therapy journey.
01423 648865 View 01423 648865
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Dr Marigold Hayes
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, 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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Fiyaz Mughal Obe
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
South London, London SW7
I support the management of Anxiety, Phobias, Stress, Panic Attacks & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), through therapy work and personal development.
Feeling anxious, stressed or panicky? You may be searching for counselling or something associated with anxiety & conditions such as prolonged stress, panic attacks, phobias or obsessions and compulsions related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Your search may be out of curiosity or it may be because you are looking for some help and assistance in managing these issues. Well, counselling & therapy is one route to ensuring better mental health & well-being & in managing these conditions so that you feel 'more in control'. Feeling 'more in control' also builds a sense of greater self-confidence, autonomy & personal capability.
I support the management of Anxiety, Phobias, Stress, Panic Attacks & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), through therapy work and personal development.
Feeling anxious, stressed or panicky? You may be searching for counselling or something associated with anxiety & conditions such as prolonged stress, panic attacks, phobias or obsessions and compulsions related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Your search may be out of curiosity or it may be because you are looking for some help and assistance in managing these issues. Well, counselling & therapy is one route to ensuring better mental health & well-being & in managing these conditions so that you feel 'more in control'. Feeling 'more in control' also builds a sense of greater self-confidence, autonomy & personal capability.
020 8176 6785 View 020 8176 6785
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Tehani Benjamin
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, London SE1  (Online Only)
I have lived experiences and specialist training in OCD.
At the heart of my work, I strive to create a warm and compassionate space for clients from all walks of life. I work with clients presenting with various challenges including relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, anxiety and low mood. I also have experience working with complex mental health and co-morbid difficulties, including trauma and childhood abuse. Whether your issue feels vague or specific, therapy can help you understand how the past informs current patterns, develop coping skills to process difficult feelings, and nurture the internal strengths and resources that we all hold.
I have lived experiences and specialist training in OCD.
At the heart of my work, I strive to create a warm and compassionate space for clients from all walks of life. I work with clients presenting with various challenges including relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, anxiety and low mood. I also have experience working with complex mental health and co-morbid difficulties, including trauma and childhood abuse. Whether your issue feels vague or specific, therapy can help you understand how the past informs current patterns, develop coping skills to process difficult feelings, and nurture the internal strengths and resources that we all hold.
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The Integrative Centre for OCD Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South London, London SE24
Our mission is to create a trusted and compassionate UK centre for OCD therapy that focuses on the individual person, that is why we are integrative in our therapeutic approach.
Our therapists work online across the UK, we also work face to face with children and young people in Farnham, Haslemere (Surrey), Petersfield (Hampshire) & London (Herne Hill, Hammersmith, Chelsea, Clapham), and with adults in Manchester. Hello, we are the Integrative Centre for OCD Therapy. The founders BACP accredited therapists Jonny Say and Stuart Ralph founded the centre in 2023 to address the need for more affordable and effective therapy options in the UK. Having both suffered from OCD for long periods of time, they created the clinic to help others sooner. Our therapists cover a range of ages from 6 years old up.
Our mission is to create a trusted and compassionate UK centre for OCD therapy that focuses on the individual person, that is why we are integrative in our therapeutic approach.
Our therapists work online across the UK, we also work face to face with children and young people in Farnham, Haslemere (Surrey), Petersfield (Hampshire) & London (Herne Hill, Hammersmith, Chelsea, Clapham), and with adults in Manchester. Hello, we are the Integrative Centre for OCD Therapy. The founders BACP accredited therapists Jonny Say and Stuart Ralph founded the centre in 2023 to address the need for more affordable and effective therapy options in the UK. Having both suffered from OCD for long periods of time, they created the clinic to help others sooner. Our therapists cover a range of ages from 6 years old up.
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Donita Rodrigues
Psychologist, MA, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, London SW11  (Online Only)
I have a special interest and expertise in anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma and complex PTSD, life transitions, and bereavement.
When you are navigating your life and its challenges, you may feel anxious; depressed; frustrated with your performance or motivation; worry that you are not doing enough to achieve what you want for your life or in your relationships; have intrusive thoughts; struggle to sleep; or no longer enjoy activities or relationships the way you used to. Together, in a non-judgemental, empathic and confidential therapeutic relationship, we will unpack why you feel this way.
I have a special interest and expertise in anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma and complex PTSD, life transitions, and bereavement.
When you are navigating your life and its challenges, you may feel anxious; depressed; frustrated with your performance or motivation; worry that you are not doing enough to achieve what you want for your life or in your relationships; have intrusive thoughts; struggle to sleep; or no longer enjoy activities or relationships the way you used to. Together, in a non-judgemental, empathic and confidential therapeutic relationship, we will unpack why you feel this way.
020 7123 9240 View 020 7123 9240
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Peter Klein
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South London, London SW11
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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Peter Lasek
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SE13
I have worked with adults of all ages and diverse backgrounds, addressing issues such as general anxiety, phobias and OCD.
As an anxiety specialist with 8 years of experience, I have been dedicated to helping clients understand and reduce their anxiety. My approach involves three stages 1 - Understanding the roots of anxiety - Identifying the underlaying causes of anxiety through thorough exploration. 2 - Developing coping strategies - utilizing various therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic approach, person-centred approach and CBT. 3 - Applying coping strategies in day to day life - encouraging clients to commit to completing homework tasks between the sessions to integrate these strategies into daily routine
I have worked with adults of all ages and diverse backgrounds, addressing issues such as general anxiety, phobias and OCD.
As an anxiety specialist with 8 years of experience, I have been dedicated to helping clients understand and reduce their anxiety. My approach involves three stages 1 - Understanding the roots of anxiety - Identifying the underlaying causes of anxiety through thorough exploration. 2 - Developing coping strategies - utilizing various therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic approach, person-centred approach and CBT. 3 - Applying coping strategies in day to day life - encouraging clients to commit to completing homework tasks between the sessions to integrate these strategies into daily routine
01865 951490 View 01865 951490
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The Specialist OCD Clinic
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, London SE5
We are a team of friendly and professional Clinical Psychologists, committed to offering the highest quality, evidence-based treatment for OCD. Having all worked within the NHS at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorders Clinic, we are experienced working across the full range of OCD severity and presentations. We work with individuals of any age who are suffering with symptoms of OCD. Whether you're struggling with pOCD, sexual/aggressive obsessions, avoidance, mental rituals, checking, scrutinizing, or any other symptoms, we appreciate the significant and debilitating impact OCD can have on your life.
We are a team of friendly and professional Clinical Psychologists, committed to offering the highest quality, evidence-based treatment for OCD. Having all worked within the NHS at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorders Clinic, we are experienced working across the full range of OCD severity and presentations. We work with individuals of any age who are suffering with symptoms of OCD. Whether you're struggling with pOCD, sexual/aggressive obsessions, avoidance, mental rituals, checking, scrutinizing, or any other symptoms, we appreciate the significant and debilitating impact OCD can have on your life.
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Jenny Simmonds Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
South London, London SE25  (Online Only)
I can help you understand your Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) etc.
Choosing the right Counsellor can be a challenge. As an integrative therapist, I combine Person-Centred and Psychodynamic approaches. Person-Centred therapy focuses on your feelings and experiences, creating a supportive space for self-exploration whilst the Psychodynamic approach explores past experiences and unconscious thoughts, aiming to bring awareness to patterns and conflicts for emotional insight. My role is to act as a mirror for you.
I can help you understand your Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) etc.
Choosing the right Counsellor can be a challenge. As an integrative therapist, I combine Person-Centred and Psychodynamic approaches. Person-Centred therapy focuses on your feelings and experiences, creating a supportive space for self-exploration whilst the Psychodynamic approach explores past experiences and unconscious thoughts, aiming to bring awareness to patterns and conflicts for emotional insight. My role is to act as a mirror for you.
020 8059 4012 View 020 8059 4012
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Dr Angela Campbell
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South London, London SE19
I am a Clinical Psychologist with 15 + years’ experience working in various roles within the NHS, including a mainstream Child and Adolescent Service (CAMHS), an Adolescent Service and a Neurodevelopmental Service, where I specialised in diagnosing Autism & ADHD and supporting families and children post diagnosis. I provide support to young people and specialise in working with adolescents & young adults. The people I work with tend to be struggling with issues such as low mood, anxiety (including OCD/phobias) and self-harm. I also provide Cognitive/Learning Assessments for children and young people aged 6+ years.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with 15 + years’ experience working in various roles within the NHS, including a mainstream Child and Adolescent Service (CAMHS), an Adolescent Service and a Neurodevelopmental Service, where I specialised in diagnosing Autism & ADHD and supporting families and children post diagnosis. I provide support to young people and specialise in working with adolescents & young adults. The people I work with tend to be struggling with issues such as low mood, anxiety (including OCD/phobias) and self-harm. I also provide Cognitive/Learning Assessments for children and young people aged 6+ years.
020 4538 3814 View 020 4538 3814
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Kirsty Shaw CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
South London, London SW10  (Online Only)
I have a special interest in OCD, & have experience providing therapy to children, teens & adults.
Are you or a loved one struggling with obsessional thoughts or compulsive behaviours? Perhaps you have been experiencing social anxiety or low mood which has led you to avoid certain activities, people, or places. Are you are now wanting to be able to find enjoyment and fulfilment in your life? If you are struggling with your mental health, I can help you to overcome these difficulties with regular online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions. Please feel free to check out my website www.kirstyshawcbt.com
I have a special interest in OCD, & have experience providing therapy to children, teens & adults.
Are you or a loved one struggling with obsessional thoughts or compulsive behaviours? Perhaps you have been experiencing social anxiety or low mood which has led you to avoid certain activities, people, or places. Are you are now wanting to be able to find enjoyment and fulfilment in your life? If you are struggling with your mental health, I can help you to overcome these difficulties with regular online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions. Please feel free to check out my website www.kirstyshawcbt.com
01642 668017 View 01642 668017
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Dr Jessica Bird
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
South London, London SE14
I am passionate about helping young people overcome distressing experiences and get back to living their life to the full. I am a qualified clinical psychologist, cognitive behavioural therapist, and EMDR therapist. I have worked for many years in the NHS and specialise in treating adolescents and young adults with mental health problems. My areas of expertise include the psychological treatment of psychosis, paranoia, trauma/PTSD, OCD, phobias, and sleep problems.
I am passionate about helping young people overcome distressing experiences and get back to living their life to the full. I am a qualified clinical psychologist, cognitive behavioural therapist, and EMDR therapist. I have worked for many years in the NHS and specialise in treating adolescents and young adults with mental health problems. My areas of expertise include the psychological treatment of psychosis, paranoia, trauma/PTSD, OCD, phobias, and sleep problems.
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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.