Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in Oxford

Photo of Christina Elizabeth Lee, Psychologist in Oxford, England
Christina Elizabeth Lee
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX3  (Online Only)
If you want to feel happier, less stressed, more appreciative about yourself and your life, then I am here to support you. With 20 years experience in counselling, I believe therapy is a creative act that can change your life. My clients often tell me how much they enjoy our sessions together. I can assist you to understand your inner self, and teach you some great tools to help you move past anxiety or low mood or low self esteem, and start to make the changes you want to. I have plenty of tools to help you with OCD, PTSD or trauma. Please have a look at my website and feel welcome to give me call and have a free chat.
If you want to feel happier, less stressed, more appreciative about yourself and your life, then I am here to support you. With 20 years experience in counselling, I believe therapy is a creative act that can change your life. My clients often tell me how much they enjoy our sessions together. I can assist you to understand your inner self, and teach you some great tools to help you move past anxiety or low mood or low self esteem, and start to make the changes you want to. I have plenty of tools to help you with OCD, PTSD or trauma. Please have a look at my website and feel welcome to give me call and have a free chat.
01276 543408 View 01276 543408
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India Haylor
Psychotherapist, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1
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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Dr Sam French
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1
I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. My therapeutic work is currently with adolescents and adults (12+) with no upper age limit. I can support people with wide range of mental health difficulties, and I have a special interest in OCD, anxiety disorders, depression, hoarding problems, and difficulties related to trauma. I work both face-to-face via my Wallingford clinic and online, and can offer a format flexible to your needs.
I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. My therapeutic work is currently with adolescents and adults (12+) with no upper age limit. I can support people with wide range of mental health difficulties, and I have a special interest in OCD, anxiety disorders, depression, hoarding problems, and difficulties related to trauma. I work both face-to-face via my Wallingford clinic and online, and can offer a format flexible to your needs.
01235 639398 View 01235 639398
Photo of Fiyaz Mughal Obe, Counsellor in Oxford, England
Fiyaz Mughal Obe
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oxford OX1
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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Dr Tom Graham
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX3  (Online Only)
Problems I can help with include OCD, Misophonia, Health Anxiety, BDD, Hoarding, Panic, Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Phobias (including Emetophobia), Trauma, and Habit Disorders (i.
I am an HCPC registered and BABCP accredited Counselling Psychologist offering specialist CBT for anxiety related problems and misophonia. Having worked with Prof David Veale and colleagues at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (NHS), my current NHS commitments are with Prof Paul Salkvoskis and colleagues at Oxford Health Specialist Psychological Intervention Centre. For many years I have also worked with Dr Jane Gregory researching and treating misophonia, and I am among a small number of clinical experts in this area. I have helped many people struggling with anxiety, OCD, misophonia, and the effects of trauma.
Problems I can help with include OCD, Misophonia, Health Anxiety, BDD, Hoarding, Panic, Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Phobias (including Emetophobia), Trauma, and Habit Disorders (i.
I am an HCPC registered and BABCP accredited Counselling Psychologist offering specialist CBT for anxiety related problems and misophonia. Having worked with Prof David Veale and colleagues at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (NHS), my current NHS commitments are with Prof Paul Salkvoskis and colleagues at Oxford Health Specialist Psychological Intervention Centre. For many years I have also worked with Dr Jane Gregory researching and treating misophonia, and I am among a small number of clinical experts in this area. I have helped many people struggling with anxiety, OCD, misophonia, and the effects of trauma.
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Julia Belton
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX2
They may also have issues related to diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, OCD, or self- harm such as an eating disorder.
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist working in Oxford. I specialise in supporting young people, adults and families. As a former teacher I have a unique insight into how schools can support young people and if necessary I can facilitate communication between schools and families. For many years I have supported parents who face challenging situations, either individually, as a couple or in parent groups. I have over 20 years experience working with young people and adults both in schools and in private practice. Please get in touch for an informal chat or have a look at my website: juliabeltonpsychotherapy.co.uk.
They may also have issues related to diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, OCD, or self- harm such as an eating disorder.
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist working in Oxford. I specialise in supporting young people, adults and families. As a former teacher I have a unique insight into how schools can support young people and if necessary I can facilitate communication between schools and families. For many years I have supported parents who face challenging situations, either individually, as a couple or in parent groups. I have over 20 years experience working with young people and adults both in schools and in private practice. Please get in touch for an informal chat or have a look at my website: juliabeltonpsychotherapy.co.uk.
020 4538 2383 View 020 4538 2383
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Dr Saba Hassan
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1  (Online Only)
I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oxford and am registered with the HCPC. I have worked with a range of complex emotional needs with diagnoses such as PTSD, complex PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety disorders i.e OCD, phobias, GAD, depression, eating disorders, and mental health difficulties associated with neuro-developmental disorders (ASC & ADHD). I have (and still actively) worked in the NHS since 2017 across several settings including psychiatric inpatient wards, health psychology settings, adult ADHD and autism services, adult mental health teams and eating disorder services.
I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oxford and am registered with the HCPC. I have worked with a range of complex emotional needs with diagnoses such as PTSD, complex PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety disorders i.e OCD, phobias, GAD, depression, eating disorders, and mental health difficulties associated with neuro-developmental disorders (ASC & ADHD). I have (and still actively) worked in the NHS since 2017 across several settings including psychiatric inpatient wards, health psychology settings, adult ADHD and autism services, adult mental health teams and eating disorder services.
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Annabelle Joy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX33
I specialise in anxiety disorders including General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Panic, Separation Anxiety and Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphia and Low Self-Esteem.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidenced based therapy that helps us to understand how we think, affects how we behave, and how we feel. It is a collaborative therapy. I believe the relationship built between the therapist and client helps deliver a positive therapeutic outcome. I work with my clients to build a formulation of their difficulties using CBT skills and techniques. We work together to understand what is maintaining the problem and how we can change our thoughts, thinking styles and behaviours. We gently learn to face our fears and to stop using controlling or avoidant behaviours.
I specialise in anxiety disorders including General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Panic, Separation Anxiety and Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphia and Low Self-Esteem.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidenced based therapy that helps us to understand how we think, affects how we behave, and how we feel. It is a collaborative therapy. I believe the relationship built between the therapist and client helps deliver a positive therapeutic outcome. I work with my clients to build a formulation of their difficulties using CBT skills and techniques. We work together to understand what is maintaining the problem and how we can change our thoughts, thinking styles and behaviours. We gently learn to face our fears and to stop using controlling or avoidant behaviours.
01865 638059 View 01865 638059
Photo of Sanya Arapovic, Psychologist in Oxford, England
Sanya Arapovic
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX2
I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. I have more than 20 years experience in higher education, the private sector and the NHS. I provide warm, respectful and personally tailored therapy for adults, teenagers and their families, covering a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, stress, and PTSD. My training in a diverse range of psychological techniques allows me to offer therapy adapted to an individual’s needs.
I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. I have more than 20 years experience in higher education, the private sector and the NHS. I provide warm, respectful and personally tailored therapy for adults, teenagers and their families, covering a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, stress, and PTSD. My training in a diverse range of psychological techniques allows me to offer therapy adapted to an individual’s needs.
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Photo of Charlotta Nuboer-Cope, Counsellor in Oxford, England
Charlotta Nuboer-Cope
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX2  (Online Only)
If life is overwhelming and confusing, it can be very helpful to talk through what is going on with someone who is trained to listen. I am a compassionate counsellor and my approach is warm, empathic and accepting. I aim to establish a trusting relationship so that you feel safe to explore the issues you bring. I have experience working with clients who have trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and OCD as well as those with life problems due to bereavement, divorce, job stress, parenting, difficult relationships and low self-esteem.
If life is overwhelming and confusing, it can be very helpful to talk through what is going on with someone who is trained to listen. I am a compassionate counsellor and my approach is warm, empathic and accepting. I aim to establish a trusting relationship so that you feel safe to explore the issues you bring. I have experience working with clients who have trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and OCD as well as those with life problems due to bereavement, divorce, job stress, parenting, difficult relationships and low self-esteem.
01865 411245 View 01865 411245
Photo of Sarah Wardley, Psychotherapist in Oxford, England
Sarah Wardley
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX4
Are you pregnant and struggling with anxiety or low mood? Maybe you are already a parent and questioning how you feel, or finding that being a parent doesnt make you feel how you expected? I am a Registered Midwife and a Perinatal CBT Therapist and I specialise in helping people with mental health concerns relating to childbirth, from conception to the early years of parenthood. My first hand experience of working in maternity services means I can provide a safe space from which to support you, and can help with antenatal and post natal anxiety and depression, birth trauma and PTSD, fear of birth, OCD and phobias.
Are you pregnant and struggling with anxiety or low mood? Maybe you are already a parent and questioning how you feel, or finding that being a parent doesnt make you feel how you expected? I am a Registered Midwife and a Perinatal CBT Therapist and I specialise in helping people with mental health concerns relating to childbirth, from conception to the early years of parenthood. My first hand experience of working in maternity services means I can provide a safe space from which to support you, and can help with antenatal and post natal anxiety and depression, birth trauma and PTSD, fear of birth, OCD and phobias.
01865 953394 View 01865 953394
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Inner Citadel
PhD
Verified Verified
Oxford OX44
We work with adolescents, adults and older adults struggling with anxiety, depression, developmental trauma, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, life crisis, relational difficulties and cultural identity dilemmas.
Inner Citadel is a clinic and training institute founded by Dr Tanya Lecchi (HCPC Clinical Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist). Our mission is to offer evidence-based therapies to people interested in exploring their lived experience in depth, helping our clients manage their clinical symptoms while finding greater authenticity and fulfilment in their daily lives. We offer a safe, quiet and private space.
We work with adolescents, adults and older adults struggling with anxiety, depression, developmental trauma, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, life crisis, relational difficulties and cultural identity dilemmas.
Inner Citadel is a clinic and training institute founded by Dr Tanya Lecchi (HCPC Clinical Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist). Our mission is to offer evidence-based therapies to people interested in exploring their lived experience in depth, helping our clients manage their clinical symptoms while finding greater authenticity and fulfilment in their daily lives. We offer a safe, quiet and private space.
01865 638842 View 01865 638842
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Dr Nithura Sivarajah
Psychotherapist, PsychD, HCPC-Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1  (Online Only)
I am an experienced senior clinical psychologist (trained at Oxford University). I offer assessments and treatment for adolescents and adults facing a range of difficulties including, mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties), anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety, OCD, panic, psychosis), trauma (e.g., PTSD, attachment difficulties), ADHD and autism, and low self esteem. The therapy I offer is integrative and draws on CBT, ACT, Compassion based therapies, DBT, EMDR and Systemic Therapy. I highly value the importance of developing a safe, trustworthy and empathic therapeutic relationship.
I am an experienced senior clinical psychologist (trained at Oxford University). I offer assessments and treatment for adolescents and adults facing a range of difficulties including, mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties), anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety, OCD, panic, psychosis), trauma (e.g., PTSD, attachment difficulties), ADHD and autism, and low self esteem. The therapy I offer is integrative and draws on CBT, ACT, Compassion based therapies, DBT, EMDR and Systemic Therapy. I highly value the importance of developing a safe, trustworthy and empathic therapeutic relationship.
01235 639394 View 01235 639394
Photo of Megan Prowse, Psychologist in Oxford, England
Megan Prowse
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX4  (Online Only)
Trauma, anxiety disorders (including OCD), long term health conditions, particularly neurological conditions.
Hi there! I would very much like to help you with your difficulties. I am currently providing online and phone therapy sessions rather than any face to face sessions. I have worked within and outside of the NHS for over 10 years specialising in anxiety/depression/trauma/ physical illness/ self esteem. However as a Clinical Psychologist I work with all ages and difficulties either individually or with couples and families. I am fully accredited as CBT therapist as well as a Clinical Psychologist so draw on many different therapies to tailor treatment to suit your needs.
Trauma, anxiety disorders (including OCD), long term health conditions, particularly neurological conditions.
Hi there! I would very much like to help you with your difficulties. I am currently providing online and phone therapy sessions rather than any face to face sessions. I have worked within and outside of the NHS for over 10 years specialising in anxiety/depression/trauma/ physical illness/ self esteem. However as a Clinical Psychologist I work with all ages and difficulties either individually or with couples and families. I am fully accredited as CBT therapist as well as a Clinical Psychologist so draw on many different therapies to tailor treatment to suit your needs.
01865 900924 View 01865 900924
Photo of Dr Tanya Lecchi, Psychologist in Oxford, England
Dr Tanya Lecchi
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Oxford OX2
I work with adults struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression, developmental trauma and PTSD, life crisis, relational difficulties and cultural identity dilemmas.
I am a BPS Chartered Psychologist, Registered Counselling and Clinical Psychologist (HCPC), Integrative Psychotherapist, and Mindfulness Teacher. I offer a safe and confidential space, supporting clients who would like to develop more awareness of their inner world and its impact on their current challenges and ways of relating.
I work with adults struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression, developmental trauma and PTSD, life crisis, relational difficulties and cultural identity dilemmas.
I am a BPS Chartered Psychologist, Registered Counselling and Clinical Psychologist (HCPC), Integrative Psychotherapist, and Mindfulness Teacher. I offer a safe and confidential space, supporting clients who would like to develop more awareness of their inner world and its impact on their current challenges and ways of relating.
01780 438659 View 01780 438659
Photo of Ewa (Eva) Kearl, Psychotherapist in Oxford, England
Ewa (Eva) Kearl
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1
I have experience working with a wide variety of issues, including bereavement and loss, stress, depression, anger, fears, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, OCD, relationships, eating disorders, unwanted habits, self-harm, low self-esteem, confidence, motivation, addiction, abuse, trauma.
I am Qualified Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, dedicated to helping every individual thrive in their own way, according to their specific need. Tailored to each individual I use varieties of therapeutic treatments including Person-Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Transactional Analyses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), also relaxation techniques.
I have experience working with a wide variety of issues, including bereavement and loss, stress, depression, anger, fears, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, OCD, relationships, eating disorders, unwanted habits, self-harm, low self-esteem, confidence, motivation, addiction, abuse, trauma.
I am Qualified Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, dedicated to helping every individual thrive in their own way, according to their specific need. Tailored to each individual I use varieties of therapeutic treatments including Person-Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Transactional Analyses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), also relaxation techniques.
01869 943671 View 01869 943671
Photo of Dr Olivia Collier, Psychologist in Oxford, England
Dr Olivia Collier
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1  (Online Only)
I work with people who may be experiencing difficulty with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety (e.g. social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, worry/generalised anxiety, health anxiety, panic), trauma, psychosis spectrum experiences, sleep, perfectionism and low self-esteem. Our therapeutic journey typically commences with a collaborative exploration of these difficulties, paving the way for a personalised plan to guide you toward meeting your goals. By gaining a better understanding of your past and strengths, we work together to rebuild and enhance your life.
I work with people who may be experiencing difficulty with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety (e.g. social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, worry/generalised anxiety, health anxiety, panic), trauma, psychosis spectrum experiences, sleep, perfectionism and low self-esteem. Our therapeutic journey typically commences with a collaborative exploration of these difficulties, paving the way for a personalised plan to guide you toward meeting your goals. By gaining a better understanding of your past and strengths, we work together to rebuild and enhance your life.
020 3947 6125 View 020 3947 6125
Photo of Kathleen McDermid, Psychotherapist in Oxford, England
Kathleen McDermid
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Oxford OX1  (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.
01295 957028 View 01295 957028
Photo of Lyn Julie Charnock, Psychotherapist in Oxford, England
Lyn Julie Charnock
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oxford OX1  (Online Only)
Eg Stress,Worry, overthinking, low mood, anger, panic, OCD, intrusive thoughts, phobias.
Taking your first step towards better Mental Health starts here, when you get in touch I understand how hard that step can be and I am committed to helping you get the support you deserve and need. I offer a safe non judgemental space to be listened to and understood and together, make sense of things so that we can plan goals to help you reach your potential.
Eg Stress,Worry, overthinking, low mood, anger, panic, OCD, intrusive thoughts, phobias.
Taking your first step towards better Mental Health starts here, when you get in touch I understand how hard that step can be and I am committed to helping you get the support you deserve and need. I offer a safe non judgemental space to be listened to and understood and together, make sense of things so that we can plan goals to help you reach your potential.
01772 503150 View 01772 503150
Photo of Laura Alcock, Psychologist in Oxford, England
Laura Alcock
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oxford OX1
Waitlist for 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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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.