Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in Milton Keynes

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Dr Nicholas P Sarantakis
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK9
His areas of expertise are centred around anxiety, OCD, depression, relational issues, working through life and personal identity crises and trauma using an integrative psychotherapy perspective.
Dr. Sarantakis is an integrative practitioner, meaning that he combines creatively different therapeutic modalities and he applies an individually-tailored approach to meet the needs of each unique client in a sensitive and compassionate manner. While the Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches, along with CBT, form the ground of his practice, he will often suggest and discuss with you interventions and tasks that derive from narrative exposure therapy, existential, or Emotion-Focused Therapy. Nicholas also has a 5-year-long professional training in psychodynamic group, family and couple therapy.
His areas of expertise are centred around anxiety, OCD, depression, relational issues, working through life and personal identity crises and trauma using an integrative psychotherapy perspective.
Dr. Sarantakis is an integrative practitioner, meaning that he combines creatively different therapeutic modalities and he applies an individually-tailored approach to meet the needs of each unique client in a sensitive and compassionate manner. While the Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches, along with CBT, form the ground of his practice, he will often suggest and discuss with you interventions and tasks that derive from narrative exposure therapy, existential, or Emotion-Focused Therapy. Nicholas also has a 5-year-long professional training in psychodynamic group, family and couple therapy.
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Dr Heather Sequeira Ph.d Ocd Trauma
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK1
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. It is not your fault if you have already tried therapy elsewhere & not got the desired results. This is frequently down 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. It is not your fault if you have already tried therapy elsewhere & not got the desired results. This is frequently down 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.
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Laura Alcock
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milton Keynes MK14
Not accepting new clients
I offer assessment and treatment of children and adults for the purposes of understanding difficulties and developing a treatment plan. I work with a range of difficulties including, challenging behaviour, depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, bipolar disorder, trauma, emotional regulation and self-esteem. I offer functional assessments of behaviour in children, to facilitate understanding and management of this. I also offer modified therapeutic interventions to support clients to understand their diagnosis of autism and related emotional well-being.
I offer assessment and treatment of children and adults for the purposes of understanding difficulties and developing a treatment plan. I work with a range of difficulties including, challenging behaviour, depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, bipolar disorder, trauma, emotional regulation and self-esteem. I offer functional assessments of behaviour in children, to facilitate understanding and management of this. I also offer modified therapeutic interventions to support clients to understand their diagnosis of autism and related emotional well-being.
01908 983687 View 01908 983687
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Smita Davé
Psychotherapist, MSc
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK5
OCD is my area of expertise and interest and have extensive experience with using CBT and ERP for OCD.
I work as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in an NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolesecent Services) service and a small private practice. I previously worked as nurse for 15 years in CAMHS and adult secondary care. I comepleted my MSc in CBT in 2015 and since then have worked as a CBT therapist in CAMHS and with adults. In my private practice I work with children, young people and adults with a variety of difficulties including mood and anxiety disorders including trauma focused CBT. I have also recenty trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desenstization Reprocessing) and offer EMDR to children, young people and adults.
OCD is my area of expertise and interest and have extensive experience with using CBT and ERP for OCD.
I work as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in an NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolesecent Services) service and a small private practice. I previously worked as nurse for 15 years in CAMHS and adult secondary care. I comepleted my MSc in CBT in 2015 and since then have worked as a CBT therapist in CAMHS and with adults. In my private practice I work with children, young people and adults with a variety of difficulties including mood and anxiety disorders including trauma focused CBT. I have also recenty trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desenstization Reprocessing) and offer EMDR to children, young people and adults.
07956 308774 View 07956 308774
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Marta Helon
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK19
Not accepting new clients
I pride myself in offering a bespoke service providing evidence-based therapy for depression, PTSD, stress, low self-esteem, eating disorders and a range of anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder and phobias).
I'm Marta, an experienced CBT and EMDR psychotherapist. Over many years of my clinical practice I have gained valuable knowledge of how our minds work and how sometimes they can be our greatest oppressors.
I pride myself in offering a bespoke service providing evidence-based therapy for depression, PTSD, stress, low self-esteem, eating disorders and a range of anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder and phobias).
I'm Marta, an experienced CBT and EMDR psychotherapist. Over many years of my clinical practice I have gained valuable knowledge of how our minds work and how sometimes they can be our greatest oppressors.
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Tom Spacek
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK1
I am a fully accredited and experienced Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and supervisor. I pride myself in offering a bespoke service providing evidence-based therapy for depression, PTSD, stress, low self-esteem and a range of anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder and phobias). I have a special interest in applying mindfulness based and compassion-focused treatment across a range of psychological disorders.
I am a fully accredited and experienced Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and supervisor. I pride myself in offering a bespoke service providing evidence-based therapy for depression, PTSD, stress, low self-esteem and a range of anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder and phobias). I have a special interest in applying mindfulness based and compassion-focused treatment across a range of psychological disorders.
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Kathleen McDermid
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK1  (Online Only)
I am Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, fully accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). I am trained in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) including with Long-Term Health Conditions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I am experienced in treating Low Self-Esteem, Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Worry, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety, OCD, Health Anxiety, Phobias, PTSD, and complex/childhood trauma. I have been working within the mental health sector for over 15 years and have a wealth of experience to offer.
I am Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, fully accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). I am trained in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) including with Long-Term Health Conditions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I am experienced in treating Low Self-Esteem, Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Worry, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety, OCD, Health Anxiety, Phobias, PTSD, and complex/childhood trauma. I have been working within the mental health sector for over 15 years and have a wealth of experience to offer.
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Anya Amrith
Psychotherapist, MA, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milton Keynes MK11
Are you finding life challenging? It may feel like something is holding you back, or perhaps you can’t feel yourself really living. You may have developed coping mechanisms that are negatively impacting your life. Maybe there are parts of you that feel disconnected, numb or shut down whilst you function through your daily life. Talking can be hard to do, even with those around you. I work alongside clients using symbol and metaphor to gently identify experiences that words are difficult to define. I help people with stress, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, sexual abuse, PTSD/CPTSD, OCD and much more.
Are you finding life challenging? It may feel like something is holding you back, or perhaps you can’t feel yourself really living. You may have developed coping mechanisms that are negatively impacting your life. Maybe there are parts of you that feel disconnected, numb or shut down whilst you function through your daily life. Talking can be hard to do, even with those around you. I work alongside clients using symbol and metaphor to gently identify experiences that words are difficult to define. I help people with stress, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, sexual abuse, PTSD/CPTSD, OCD and much more.
01280 733127 View 01280 733127
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A&F Psychological Services Ltd
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK1
We understand that everyday life is stressful and have worked to make our services as flexible as possible, and adapted to your needs. Our aim is to provide quality assessment, support and psychology services for individuals and their families, to improve mental and emotional well-being. We're a collection of chartered and HCPC registered Psychologists experienced in working with adult and adolescent clients. Our clinicians can support you with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, and OCD.
We understand that everyday life is stressful and have worked to make our services as flexible as possible, and adapted to your needs. Our aim is to provide quality assessment, support and psychology services for individuals and their families, to improve mental and emotional well-being. We're a collection of chartered and HCPC registered Psychologists experienced in working with adult and adolescent clients. Our clinicians can support you with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, and OCD.
01536 907319 View 01536 907319
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Dr Neena Ramful
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK17  (Online Only)
I work with children and adults who experience a range of mild to severe difficulties including: Anxiety | Panic attacks | Generalised Anxiety disorder | Social anxiety | Phobias | Obsessive compulsive disorder | Depression | Low self-esteem | Tics | Pain Management | Headaches | Stress | Adjustment to health diagnosis |
I work with children and adults who experience a range of mild to severe difficulties including: Anxiety | Panic attacks | Generalised Anxiety disorder | Social anxiety | Phobias | Obsessive compulsive disorder | Depression | Low self-esteem | Tics | Pain Management | Headaches | Stress | Adjustment to health diagnosis |
020 3984 8324 View 020 3984 8324
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Anh Huntington
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK10
I offer counselling for individuals and I am also a certified Imago relationship therapist, trained to work with couples and family members. I offer you a safe, confidential space to explore those difficult moments in your life. My work reflects three core beliefs: Being genuine, so you can successfully explore the issues that have brought you to seek help. Being accepting and empathic, giving you the opportunity to increase your self-understanding. Providing a non-judgmental and safe place to share your experiences as we work together. I am warm and understanding towards others. I am also a broad-minded Counsellor.
I offer counselling for individuals and I am also a certified Imago relationship therapist, trained to work with couples and family members. I offer you a safe, confidential space to explore those difficult moments in your life. My work reflects three core beliefs: Being genuine, so you can successfully explore the issues that have brought you to seek help. Being accepting and empathic, giving you the opportunity to increase your self-understanding. Providing a non-judgmental and safe place to share your experiences as we work together. I am warm and understanding towards others. I am also a broad-minded Counsellor.
01788 227951 View 01788 227951
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Claire Jones
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK9
Going to therapy (sometimes known as counselling or psychotherapy) can often feel like a daunting task and finding the courage to take those initial steps can be difficult. You may already feel overwhelmed whilst searching for a therapist and have many questions, such as what do the different approaches and qualifications mean, who is experienced enough and who could help me the best? Regardless of which approach is used, one thing we do know is that the most important factor in creating positive client outcomes is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client.
Going to therapy (sometimes known as counselling or psychotherapy) can often feel like a daunting task and finding the courage to take those initial steps can be difficult. You may already feel overwhelmed whilst searching for a therapist and have many questions, such as what do the different approaches and qualifications mean, who is experienced enough and who could help me the best? Regardless of which approach is used, one thing we do know is that the most important factor in creating positive client outcomes is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client.
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Healing Hope Therapy
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK9
Hello and welcome to a little about me in your search to find the right counsellor. I am a qualified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist working with both adults and young people (12+) in Central Milton Keynes. You may be here for one reason or several, but what ever brings you I will provide a space that is accepting, warm and open for you to decide how much you want to share and when. The counselling path needs to be one that is done at your pace, in a way that is comfortable for you. I can use a number of different tools to help you work through difficulties such as anxiety, depression, self esteem difficulties, loss and trauma.
Hello and welcome to a little about me in your search to find the right counsellor. I am a qualified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist working with both adults and young people (12+) in Central Milton Keynes. You may be here for one reason or several, but what ever brings you I will provide a space that is accepting, warm and open for you to decide how much you want to share and when. The counselling path needs to be one that is done at your pace, in a way that is comfortable for you. I can use a number of different tools to help you work through difficulties such as anxiety, depression, self esteem difficulties, loss and trauma.
01908 103670 View 01908 103670
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Caroline McBride
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK10
Life can be really difficult at times for all of us and sometimes problems can feel overwhelming. Counselling and Psychotherapy can provide a safe and private space to explore the issues with someone who has enough distance from your life to be along side you whilst you find what it is that you need. I think people come to Counselling when they decide within themselves something in their life needs to change, be that an external change or a change in a way of feeling, I have a decades experience in building meaningful, containing, supportive relationships and can be alongside you whilst you find what it is that you need.
Life can be really difficult at times for all of us and sometimes problems can feel overwhelming. Counselling and Psychotherapy can provide a safe and private space to explore the issues with someone who has enough distance from your life to be along side you whilst you find what it is that you need. I think people come to Counselling when they decide within themselves something in their life needs to change, be that an external change or a change in a way of feeling, I have a decades experience in building meaningful, containing, supportive relationships and can be alongside you whilst you find what it is that you need.
01788 228284 View 01788 228284
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Peace of Mind Therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK7
There are times when life can burden people with situations that can leave them feeling overwhelmed, lost, and stuck. We understand how difficult it can be to navigate your way through such challenges and the detriment this can sometimes have on your mental health and wellbeing. We know that sometimes, what is really needed, is a helping hand. That’s why, we are passionate and dedicated to supporting people in their journey and helping them overcome their difficulties and work towards taking positive steps that can help guide them back to leading a satisfying and fulfilling life.
There are times when life can burden people with situations that can leave them feeling overwhelmed, lost, and stuck. We understand how difficult it can be to navigate your way through such challenges and the detriment this can sometimes have on your mental health and wellbeing. We know that sometimes, what is really needed, is a helping hand. That’s why, we are passionate and dedicated to supporting people in their journey and helping them overcome their difficulties and work towards taking positive steps that can help guide them back to leading a satisfying and fulfilling life.
01788 227804 View 01788 227804
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Chiltern Talking Therapies
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK17
Hi, I'm Jennie! I'm a CBT/EMDR Therapist and owner of Chiltern Talking Therapies. My Associates and I offer face to face or virtual CBT, EMDR, Counselling, Schema and Art Psychotherapy sessions and ADHD Assessments. We can support adults and young people with a wide range of difficulties. We are non-judgemental and have a wealth of experience between us, from working with addictions, offenders, children, clients with brain injuries and couples. I pride our team on being non-judgemental and accepting of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. We all hold DBS checks and indemnity insurance, which you can view at any time.
Hi, I'm Jennie! I'm a CBT/EMDR Therapist and owner of Chiltern Talking Therapies. My Associates and I offer face to face or virtual CBT, EMDR, Counselling, Schema and Art Psychotherapy sessions and ADHD Assessments. We can support adults and young people with a wide range of difficulties. We are non-judgemental and have a wealth of experience between us, from working with addictions, offenders, children, clients with brain injuries and couples. I pride our team on being non-judgemental and accepting of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. We all hold DBS checks and indemnity insurance, which you can view at any time.
01442 971728 View 01442 971728
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Anne Kariuki
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK6
My aim is to offer a safe space where we can explore whatever you choose to. Together we can work through any issues you may have. I believe that you are the expert on you and we can work towards a future you decide. ​ You may be facing some personal difficulties or struggles that you wish could be resolved. These might be a persistent low mood, a recurrent anxiety, a recent or past traumatic experience, a lack of meaning or direction in life, an anger issue, the loss of a loved one a relationship breakdown, a feeling of guilt or shame, a difficult life transition, or a more enduring and chronic mental health difficulty. ​
My aim is to offer a safe space where we can explore whatever you choose to. Together we can work through any issues you may have. I believe that you are the expert on you and we can work towards a future you decide. ​ You may be facing some personal difficulties or struggles that you wish could be resolved. These might be a persistent low mood, a recurrent anxiety, a recent or past traumatic experience, a lack of meaning or direction in life, an anger issue, the loss of a loved one a relationship breakdown, a feeling of guilt or shame, a difficult life transition, or a more enduring and chronic mental health difficulty. ​
0121 817 7588 View 0121 817 7588
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Reset Minds Therapies
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK9  (Online Only)
Hi there. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, difficulties with your emotions or dealing with the after effects of traumatic experiences? Perhaps you may have specific goals that you would like to work towards, relating to your career or lifestyle and you are struggling to meet these goals on your own. My name is Bongi, and I work with adults, children and adolescents who experience these difficulties and support them to overcome, these challenges. My aim as a therapist is to help people to reclaim control of their own perceptions, emotions and behaviours in order to reach their goals, thrive and live a fulfilling life.
Hi there. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, difficulties with your emotions or dealing with the after effects of traumatic experiences? Perhaps you may have specific goals that you would like to work towards, relating to your career or lifestyle and you are struggling to meet these goals on your own. My name is Bongi, and I work with adults, children and adolescents who experience these difficulties and support them to overcome, these challenges. My aim as a therapist is to help people to reclaim control of their own perceptions, emotions and behaviours in order to reach their goals, thrive and live a fulfilling life.
01752 741387 View 01752 741387
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Doctor Mind Ltd
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK14
My name is Dr Ravi Sankar. I am a senior clinical psychologist and psychological therapist with over 15 years NHS experience. I currently work full-time in private practice. Have you been overwhelmed with stressful life events? Do you not know where to start to manage your problems? I will help you to develop a good understanding of your emotional difficulties, to learn what has made you stuck, and how to respond flexibly to make progress. How we think makes a big difference to what we feel and then do. I treat many problems including anxiety disorders, PTSD and depression. We often need to slow down in life before we can speed up!
My name is Dr Ravi Sankar. I am a senior clinical psychologist and psychological therapist with over 15 years NHS experience. I currently work full-time in private practice. Have you been overwhelmed with stressful life events? Do you not know where to start to manage your problems? I will help you to develop a good understanding of your emotional difficulties, to learn what has made you stuck, and how to respond flexibly to make progress. How we think makes a big difference to what we feel and then do. I treat many problems including anxiety disorders, PTSD and depression. We often need to slow down in life before we can speed up!
01908 015917 View 01908 015917
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Mind Matters More
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK9
My name is Dr Andrew Maleknia and I am a consultant counselling psychologist with a passion for understanding and helping people. My compassion and desire to help individuals overcome difficulties in meaningful and lasting ways drove me towards choosing an exciting career path in Counselling Psychology. I enjoy being challenged and working to create solutions that meet the needs of those around me. I am a Person Centred Psychologist with additional training in Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT), Mentalisation (MBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Art Therapy and EMDR.
My name is Dr Andrew Maleknia and I am a consultant counselling psychologist with a passion for understanding and helping people. My compassion and desire to help individuals overcome difficulties in meaningful and lasting ways drove me towards choosing an exciting career path in Counselling Psychology. I enjoy being challenged and working to create solutions that meet the needs of those around me. I am a Person Centred Psychologist with additional training in Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT), Mentalisation (MBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Art Therapy and EMDR.
01908 103253 View 01908 103253
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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.