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

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India Haylor
Psychotherapist, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
West London, London W8
I am an accredited OCD specialist with 18 years of professional experience following my own journey with OCD. I train, treat, write, speak about OCD and am a huge advocate of specialised mental healthcare. I believe all clients have the right to this, as they do with physical healthcare. I have developed a NICE-directed, evidence-based CBT protocol for OCD which offers real, effective 3rd generation treatment, delivered with compassion & expertise.
I am an accredited OCD specialist with 18 years of professional experience following my own journey with OCD. I train, treat, write, speak about OCD and am a huge advocate of specialised mental healthcare. I believe all clients have the right to this, as they do with physical healthcare. I have developed a NICE-directed, evidence-based CBT protocol for OCD which offers real, effective 3rd generation treatment, delivered with compassion & expertise.
020 4538 6628 View 020 4538 6628
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Anne Rowlands
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West London, London W13
I have significant experience with working with individuals and couples with relationship issues, anxiety, anger management, grief, OCD and depression.
Welcome. I am a Counsellor and CBT Therapist. You may be going through a specific problem such as Relationship Issues (Individual and Couples), Anxiety, Anger Management, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, Grief or low self-esteem. Whatever you may be going through, I will work with you to discover better ways of managing your issues so that you can move forward to a happier and healthier way of life. I am offering you a safe, non judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts feelings and behaviour. My counselling will be tailored for your specific needs.
I have significant experience with working with individuals and couples with relationship issues, anxiety, anger management, grief, OCD and depression.
Welcome. I am a Counsellor and CBT Therapist. You may be going through a specific problem such as Relationship Issues (Individual and Couples), Anxiety, Anger Management, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, Grief or low self-esteem. Whatever you may be going through, I will work with you to discover better ways of managing your issues so that you can move forward to a happier and healthier way of life. I am offering you a safe, non judgemental space for you to explore your thoughts feelings and behaviour. My counselling will be tailored for your specific needs.
020 3871 6582 View 020 3871 6582
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Pierpaolo Paparo
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
West London, London W8  (Online Only)
While I enjoy working with clients facing a wide range of difficulties, I have a particular interest in anxiety, OCD and trauma.
My interest in psychotherapy, spirituality and meditation began after the end of my marriage several years ago, which like many other types of losses, triggered a lot of suffering. ​Life transition, family and friends losses, the breakup of long-term relationships, stress, anxiety and depression are all part of human suffering. However, we have an innate capability, which we can strengthen, that allows us to navigate and, more importantly, learn from our most difficult life experiences.
While I enjoy working with clients facing a wide range of difficulties, I have a particular interest in anxiety, OCD and trauma.
My interest in psychotherapy, spirituality and meditation began after the end of my marriage several years ago, which like many other types of losses, triggered a lot of suffering. ​Life transition, family and friends losses, the breakup of long-term relationships, stress, anxiety and depression are all part of human suffering. However, we have an innate capability, which we can strengthen, that allows us to navigate and, more importantly, learn from our most difficult life experiences.
020 3667 5118 View 020 3667 5118
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Dr Oona McEwan
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
West London, London W1W  (Online Only)
Whether you are having momentary difficulties or are facing long-standing challenges, starting therapy can feel daunting. My approach focuses on creating a safe and supportive space to explore a range of difficulties including low mood and depression, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, eating and sleeping difficulties, as well as challenges within relationships. Other interests/specialities include racial and intergenerational trauma, difficulties associated with becoming and being a parent (including the perinatal period), as well as work-related challenges. ADHD assessment including differential diagnosis are available.
Whether you are having momentary difficulties or are facing long-standing challenges, starting therapy can feel daunting. My approach focuses on creating a safe and supportive space to explore a range of difficulties including low mood and depression, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, eating and sleeping difficulties, as well as challenges within relationships. Other interests/specialities include racial and intergenerational trauma, difficulties associated with becoming and being a parent (including the perinatal period), as well as work-related challenges. ADHD assessment including differential diagnosis are available.
020 3835 2459 View 020 3835 2459
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Dr Claire Lewry (Abode Therapy)
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West London, London W1U  (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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Dr Aisan Ghaemian
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBABCP
Verified Verified
West London, London W1G
I am specialized in psychological treatments for presenting problems such as:Depression• Anxiety• Aggression•Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)• Anxiety Disorders such as OCD •General Anxiety Disorder• Health Anxiety• Social Phobia• Panic & Agoraphobia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder • Eating problem•Addictions •Stress & Resilience• Sleep disorder.
I am a Chartered Psychologist and an accredited Cognitive Behavior Therapist. I have 10 years of clinical experience in the adult mental health services, including the primary care within the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom and the private sector. I provide online therapy and face to face psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) within the long-term and short-term capacity. In addition, therapy could be provided in the following languages: Turkish, Azerbaijani and Farsi.
I am specialized in psychological treatments for presenting problems such as:Depression• Anxiety• Aggression•Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)• Anxiety Disorders such as OCD •General Anxiety Disorder• Health Anxiety• Social Phobia• Panic & Agoraphobia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder • Eating problem•Addictions •Stress & Resilience• Sleep disorder.
I am a Chartered Psychologist and an accredited Cognitive Behavior Therapist. I have 10 years of clinical experience in the adult mental health services, including the primary care within the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom and the private sector. I provide online therapy and face to face psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) within the long-term and short-term capacity. In addition, therapy could be provided in the following languages: Turkish, Azerbaijani and Farsi.
0800 669 6281 View 0800 669 6281
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Karl Borthwick
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
West London, London W1G  (Online Only)
I specialise in working with clients with PTSD and trauma based symptoms. I also work with OCD and other mental health problem, through the use of CBT & EMDR. CBT works by the theory that we can manage and modulate our emotions through evaluating/changing our cognitions & behaviours accordingly. EMDR utilises bilateral stimulation (eye movements) to aid the reprocessing of symptoms of Trauma and PTSD, focusing on trauma memories whilst integrating and updating these with Adaptive Information Processing, aiding resolution of symptoms in the present
I specialise in working with clients with PTSD and trauma based symptoms. I also work with OCD and other mental health problem, through the use of CBT & EMDR. CBT works by the theory that we can manage and modulate our emotions through evaluating/changing our cognitions & behaviours accordingly. EMDR utilises bilateral stimulation (eye movements) to aid the reprocessing of symptoms of Trauma and PTSD, focusing on trauma memories whilst integrating and updating these with Adaptive Information Processing, aiding resolution of symptoms in the present
01572 491102 View 01572 491102
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Liz White
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
West London, London W1G
I have a special interest in anxiety, depression, OCD (I carried out doctoral research in this area), and individuals experiencing high self criticism/low self esteem and appearance concerns.
I am a highly qualified and experienced Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist. I have spent 16 years working in NHS mental health services, and now focus on my private practice full time. With a high level of expertise, I am able to create a bespoke therapeutic experience that helps clients move towards their goals. I focus on providing high quality, evidence based therapy that enables clients to feel empowered and understood, enabling them to learn the skills needed to make positive and long lasting changes in their lives.
I have a special interest in anxiety, depression, OCD (I carried out doctoral research in this area), and individuals experiencing high self criticism/low self esteem and appearance concerns.
I am a highly qualified and experienced Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist. I have spent 16 years working in NHS mental health services, and now focus on my private practice full time. With a high level of expertise, I am able to create a bespoke therapeutic experience that helps clients move towards their goals. I focus on providing high quality, evidence based therapy that enables clients to feel empowered and understood, enabling them to learn the skills needed to make positive and long lasting changes in their lives.
01992 351093 View 01992 351093
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Guy Klein
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
West London, London W10
I am an experienced CBT and EMDR therapist, specializing in treating OCD, as well as Generalised anxiety and anxiety attacks, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and low self-esteem. Other difficulties I treat include Health anxiety, Social anxiety, BDD, and phobias. Full recovery, reliable improvement and reclaiming control over your life are all achievable goals with CBT and EMDR, through a paced process, tailored to your personal needs.
I am an experienced CBT and EMDR therapist, specializing in treating OCD, as well as Generalised anxiety and anxiety attacks, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and low self-esteem. Other difficulties I treat include Health anxiety, Social anxiety, BDD, and phobias. Full recovery, reliable improvement and reclaiming control over your life are all achievable goals with CBT and EMDR, through a paced process, tailored to your personal needs.
020 4538 5157 View 020 4538 5157
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Dannielle Simon
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West London, London W10  (Online Only)
I am a personable and experienced Psychotherapist dedicated to working with people experiencing a range of psychological difficulties including & not limited to anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain difficulties, stress and low self-esteem . I am accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) & have experience working with people from all walks of life, experiences and challenges. I use a range of modalities to ensure I offer a varied therapeutic approach based on your varying needs.
I am a personable and experienced Psychotherapist dedicated to working with people experiencing a range of psychological difficulties including & not limited to anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain difficulties, stress and low self-esteem . I am accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) & have experience working with people from all walks of life, experiences and challenges. I use a range of modalities to ensure I offer a varied therapeutic approach based on your varying needs.
0121 661 7909 View 0121 661 7909
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Kirsty Shaw CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
West London, London W1J  (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 Maxine King
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
West London, London W14  (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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Tehani Benjamin
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
West London, London W11  (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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Kiren Kaulder
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West London, London W8  (Online Only)
I am an experienced and passionate BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR therapist with over 10 years experience. My values are reflected within my clinic; a trustworthy and reliable approach, teaching you in a compassionate way, to feel better and overcome your difficulties. I offer a safe environment to work on your most difficult feelings, thoughts and behaviours using evidence-based techniques at your pace. Alongside private work, I lead a specialist OCD & related disorders service at a private hospital in central London, providing treatment for OCD, body dysmorphia and anxiety disorders.
I am an experienced and passionate BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR therapist with over 10 years experience. My values are reflected within my clinic; a trustworthy and reliable approach, teaching you in a compassionate way, to feel better and overcome your difficulties. I offer a safe environment to work on your most difficult feelings, thoughts and behaviours using evidence-based techniques at your pace. Alongside private work, I lead a specialist OCD & related disorders service at a private hospital in central London, providing treatment for OCD, body dysmorphia and anxiety disorders.
020 7078 9409 View 020 7078 9409
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The Integrative Centre for OCD Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West London, London W6
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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Dr Jeremy Rowe
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
West London, London W1G
Waitlist for new clients
I am a specialist OCD therapist; I offer Rumination Focused ERP (Dr. Michael Greenberg) for OCD. I treat anxiety, depression & other mental health issues. I assess & diagnose Autism & ADHD. I have extensive experience in supporting people through life events and transitions. As a Christian psychologist I support those who wish to integrate their faith and mental wellbeing and those who wish to explore their faith and doubts (including scrupulosity). I also work with people other faiths or no faith. I’m registered with all major UK insurers and I'm insured to work internationally.
I am a specialist OCD therapist; I offer Rumination Focused ERP (Dr. Michael Greenberg) for OCD. I treat anxiety, depression & other mental health issues. I assess & diagnose Autism & ADHD. I have extensive experience in supporting people through life events and transitions. As a Christian psychologist I support those who wish to integrate their faith and mental wellbeing and those who wish to explore their faith and doubts (including scrupulosity). I also work with people other faiths or no faith. I’m registered with all major UK insurers and I'm insured to work internationally.
01273 099539 View 01273 099539
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Specialist OCD Treatment, with Doctor Pointer
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
West London, London W1G
I work with all themes, including (but not limited to) POCD, Harm OCD, HOCD, Somatic OCD, False Memory OCD, Real Event OCD, Contamination OCD, Checking OCD, & all taboo, violent, sexual images, & thoughts. Both my own experiences of OCD from an early age & my clinical training have led me to deeply understand OCD, & how to recover from it. I have been where you are now, & has successfully recovered from OCD. I understand the nature of your intrusive thoughts, obsessions, compulsions, struggles, & distress, & how to guide you out of your OCD labyrinth. My service is for adults (18+). Please visit my main website, doctorpointer.com
I work with all themes, including (but not limited to) POCD, Harm OCD, HOCD, Somatic OCD, False Memory OCD, Real Event OCD, Contamination OCD, Checking OCD, & all taboo, violent, sexual images, & thoughts. Both my own experiences of OCD from an early age & my clinical training have led me to deeply understand OCD, & how to recover from it. I have been where you are now, & has successfully recovered from OCD. I understand the nature of your intrusive thoughts, obsessions, compulsions, struggles, & distress, & how to guide you out of your OCD labyrinth. My service is for adults (18+). Please visit my main website, doctorpointer.com
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Nicole Burleigh
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
West London, London W1G  (Online Only)
I am an experienced integrative psychotherapist specialising in the area of eating disorders and body image problems. I also work with people struggling with a wide range of other problems too including anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, bereavement, and relationship problems to name but a few. I offer a safe, welcoming space for you to talk about whatever is troubling you and together, we can work through your problems harnessing your inner wisdom, strengths and resilience. My approach is collaborative and holistic, tailoring therapy to your specific needs.
I am an experienced integrative psychotherapist specialising in the area of eating disorders and body image problems. I also work with people struggling with a wide range of other problems too including anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, bereavement, and relationship problems to name but a few. I offer a safe, welcoming space for you to talk about whatever is troubling you and together, we can work through your problems harnessing your inner wisdom, strengths and resilience. My approach is collaborative and holistic, tailoring therapy to your specific needs.
020 3984 9625 View 020 3984 9625
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Raisa Luther (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
West London, London W1W  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with adults having depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship issues, grief, loss, complex trauma, and life transitions.
Please note: Enquiries via EMAIL only, I will respond within 24 hours. Drop me an email to arrange a quick chat. I work with South Asians looking to actively break intergenerational patterns of dysfunction and take ownership of their life choices, build resilience and tap into their cultural strengths. If you're seeking to break free from unhealthy attachment patterns and committed to breaking the cycle of generational trauma - I see you! If you consider yourself a 'cycle-breaker' - we'd be a GREAT fit! Reach out to book a free 10-minute intro video call.
I specialize in working with adults having depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship issues, grief, loss, complex trauma, and life transitions.
Please note: Enquiries via EMAIL only, I will respond within 24 hours. Drop me an email to arrange a quick chat. I work with South Asians looking to actively break intergenerational patterns of dysfunction and take ownership of their life choices, build resilience and tap into their cultural strengths. If you're seeking to break free from unhealthy attachment patterns and committed to breaking the cycle of generational trauma - I see you! If you consider yourself a 'cycle-breaker' - we'd be a GREAT fit! Reach out to book a free 10-minute intro video call.
020 3816 3640 View 020 3816 3640
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Chris Wilson
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MUKCP
Verified Verified
West London, London W2
Are you finding it hard to connect with other people or a sense of meaning? Maybe you struggle with obsessive compulsions and/or addictions. You may have occasional suicidal thoughts, or spend a lot of time searching for answers and wondering what might be wrong with you. It could be that you're finding it hard to motivate yourself in the usual way, or to feel enthusiastic about your future. Perhaps you've reached your goals and are disappointed to discover that, still, something vital is missing.
Are you finding it hard to connect with other people or a sense of meaning? Maybe you struggle with obsessive compulsions and/or addictions. You may have occasional suicidal thoughts, or spend a lot of time searching for answers and wondering what might be wrong with you. It could be that you're finding it hard to motivate yourself in the usual way, or to feel enthusiastic about your future. Perhaps you've reached your goals and are disappointed to discover that, still, something vital is missing.
020 4538 7831 View 020 4538 7831

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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.