Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in London

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Emily Gardner Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
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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India Haylor
Psychotherapist, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
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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Tennur Katgi
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
London N1
My practice might be a good fit for you if you had a difficult childhood and now struggling with OCD, PTSD, complex PTSD or high levels of anxiety (social anxiety, relationship anxiety, panic attacks). If you find yourself here, it's likely because things have been difficult lately. Perhaps you struggle to see a path toward improvement. Whether you've faced adversity since childhood or have been grappling with mental health issues for some time, whether you're new to therapy or seeking a more sustainable solution, I'm here to support you on your journey toward recovery.
My practice might be a good fit for you if you had a difficult childhood and now struggling with OCD, PTSD, complex PTSD or high levels of anxiety (social anxiety, relationship anxiety, panic attacks). If you find yourself here, it's likely because things have been difficult lately. Perhaps you struggle to see a path toward improvement. Whether you've faced adversity since childhood or have been grappling with mental health issues for some time, whether you're new to therapy or seeking a more sustainable solution, I'm here to support you on your journey toward recovery.
020 8103 3872 View 020 8103 3872
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Owen Newman
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
London NW3
When we're trying to cope with situations and experiences that are difficult for us, it's easy to find ourselves reacting in ways we don't like or want but can't seem to stop or change. My name is Owen Newman. I'm an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist experienced at helping to work through problems with anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, anger management, compulsions, OCD, self-confidence, motivation and procrastination.
When we're trying to cope with situations and experiences that are difficult for us, it's easy to find ourselves reacting in ways we don't like or want but can't seem to stop or change. My name is Owen Newman. I'm an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist experienced at helping to work through problems with anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, anger management, compulsions, OCD, self-confidence, motivation and procrastination.
020 4538 8051 View 020 4538 8051
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Dr Jessica Bird
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London EC3V
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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Dr Sinem Tekes (Clinpsych Cbt Therapist)
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
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 Rob Agnew
Psychologist, AFBPSsS
Verified Verified
London E14  (Online Only)
Hey, thanks for looking at my profile. I've been in private practice since 2011 treating fatigue, issues related to ADHD and ASD, issues related to head injury, trauma, OCD, health anxiety and BDD; but I can help with most difficulties. I have worked a lot with LGBTQ+ communities and am the Chair of the Section of Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity of the British Psychological Society. I'm also a gay, cis-gendered man and trans ally. I work in partnership with a prescriber to offer rapid ADHD diagnosis (meeting NHS/NICE standards) and medication (turnaround often only 5 to 6 weeks).
Hey, thanks for looking at my profile. I've been in private practice since 2011 treating fatigue, issues related to ADHD and ASD, issues related to head injury, trauma, OCD, health anxiety and BDD; but I can help with most difficulties. I have worked a lot with LGBTQ+ communities and am the Chair of the Section of Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity of the British Psychological Society. I'm also a gay, cis-gendered man and trans ally. I work in partnership with a prescriber to offer rapid ADHD diagnosis (meeting NHS/NICE standards) and medication (turnaround often only 5 to 6 weeks).
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Christopher David Harris
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
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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Will Sessions
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
London NW3  (Online Only)
I work with children and young people, specialising in anxiety and OCD. I help them learn new skills and attitudes to improve their ability to handle difficult thoughts and feelings and do more of what matters to them and make more room for connection. Mental health challenges encroach on their lives, make them avoid and make their world smaller. They disconnect from themselves, the things they care about and the people that matter to them. They underestimate their strengths and resources, overestimate life’s challenges and get stuck.
I work with children and young people, specialising in anxiety and OCD. I help them learn new skills and attitudes to improve their ability to handle difficult thoughts and feelings and do more of what matters to them and make more room for connection. Mental health challenges encroach on their lives, make them avoid and make their world smaller. They disconnect from themselves, the things they care about and the people that matter to them. They underestimate their strengths and resources, overestimate life’s challenges and get stuck.
020 3984 7929 View 020 3984 7929
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Anne Rowlands
Counsellor
Verified Verified
London W13
I have significant experience with working with individuals 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 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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Jacqueline England
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
London N11
I am an experienced, BABCP-accred cognitive & behavioural psychotherapist and a BANT- accred nutritionist. Clients have CBT for a variety or reasons: it could be to help a specific mental health problem such as anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, an eating disorder or addiction. Others are going through major life events such as divorce or bereavement, and may be suffering from stress, insomnia and guilt. Perhaps you are not coping with relationship issues, or are finding your life is badly effected by anger issues, perfectionism or low self-esteem. CBT is evidence-based, effective and the therapy of choice for the NHS, NICE and WHO.
I am an experienced, BABCP-accred cognitive & behavioural psychotherapist and a BANT- accred nutritionist. Clients have CBT for a variety or reasons: it could be to help a specific mental health problem such as anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, an eating disorder or addiction. Others are going through major life events such as divorce or bereavement, and may be suffering from stress, insomnia and guilt. Perhaps you are not coping with relationship issues, or are finding your life is badly effected by anger issues, perfectionism or low self-esteem. CBT is evidence-based, effective and the therapy of choice for the NHS, NICE and WHO.
020 3095 2952 View 020 3095 2952
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Dr Eleanor Johnston
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
London E1  (Online Only)
I have chosen to specialize in the following: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Phobias, PTSD, and Trauma (historic childhood sexual / physical / emotional abuse & adult domestic abuse).
I am a Chartered Psychologist (DClinPsy) with over 18 years of experience. Within my now exclusively online practice, I offer an approach that is warm, flexible and non-judgemental with an emphasis on collaboration. I adhere to strict ethical standards regarding therapy including those held by the BPS, the HCPC, and the french equivalent. My goal, in our work together, is for us to work together to identify your goals (where you are now, where you want to be?) and work together towards change that is meaningful for you.
I have chosen to specialize in the following: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Phobias, PTSD, and Trauma (historic childhood sexual / physical / emotional abuse & adult domestic abuse).
I am a Chartered Psychologist (DClinPsy) with over 18 years of experience. Within my now exclusively online practice, I offer an approach that is warm, flexible and non-judgemental with an emphasis on collaboration. I adhere to strict ethical standards regarding therapy including those held by the BPS, the HCPC, and the french equivalent. My goal, in our work together, is for us to work together to identify your goals (where you are now, where you want to be?) and work together towards change that is meaningful for you.
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Amir Oren
Psychologist, MA, CPsychol
Verified Verified
London NW4
I have extensive experience working with both children and adults coping with different psychological symptoms and medical conditions. Over the years I have worked extensively with people with problems such as depression and anxiety (e.g. stress, OCD, specific phobias, health worries, sleep problems, skin picking and trichotillomania). I also have experience in working with children with ADHD and providing consultations to parents on different parenting issues (e.g. behavioura
I have extensive experience working with both children and adults coping with different psychological symptoms and medical conditions. Over the years I have worked extensively with people with problems such as depression and anxiety (e.g. stress, OCD, specific phobias, health worries, sleep problems, skin picking and trichotillomania). I also have experience in working with children with ADHD and providing consultations to parents on different parenting issues (e.g. behavioura
07446 870934 View 07446 870934
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Dr Marigold Hayes
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London SW13
I work with most common mental health difficulties including stress, anxiety, worry, OCD, rumination, depression, low 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 include 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, anxiety, worry, OCD, rumination, depression, low 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 include 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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Mirna Saad
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
London SW17  (Online Only)
My areas of speciality include working with: OCD, Panic disorder, phobias, low self-esteem, Depression, generalised anxiety disorder, PTSD, managing long-term health conditions, bereavement, abuse, anger management, health anxiety, obsessions. Areas of impact I can help with: relationships, family, friendships, work, sexuality, physical health, change, break ups, crisis moments. Emotions I can help you manage/regulate: sadness, anxiety, emotional instability, low mood, panic, stress, terror, shame, guilt.
My areas of speciality include working with: OCD, Panic disorder, phobias, low self-esteem, Depression, generalised anxiety disorder, PTSD, managing long-term health conditions, bereavement, abuse, anger management, health anxiety, obsessions. Areas of impact I can help with: relationships, family, friendships, work, sexuality, physical health, change, break ups, crisis moments. Emotions I can help you manage/regulate: sadness, anxiety, emotional instability, low mood, panic, stress, terror, shame, guilt.
020 3872 2647 View 020 3872 2647
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Tehani Benjamin
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
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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Liz White
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
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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Jonny Say
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
London SE1  (Online Only)
I am a specialist therapist on ACT/ERP for OCD.
I am a therapist specialising in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 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 a therapist specialising in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 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.
020 3984 8847 View 020 3984 8847
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Dr Maxine King
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
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
Photo of Dr Aisan Ghaemian, Psychotherapist in London, England
Dr Aisan Ghaemian
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBABCP
Verified Verified
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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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.