Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in Portsmouth

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Maggie Alice Cole
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO6
I work as a high intensity therapist currently for the military and in private practice . I treat a lot of trauma , anxiety ,depression and phobias as well as panic disorder , generalised anxiety disorder , Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , childhood abuse , chronic fatigue syndrome and OCD. I have experience also in working with Psychosis. I work with people in a compassionate focussed way focussed on their goals for treatment . Therapy is always geared to the clients goals and what they want /need to be different , this is reviewed regularly in therapy to ensure we are still working towards the goals that the client identified.
I work as a high intensity therapist currently for the military and in private practice . I treat a lot of trauma , anxiety ,depression and phobias as well as panic disorder , generalised anxiety disorder , Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , childhood abuse , chronic fatigue syndrome and OCD. I have experience also in working with Psychosis. I work with people in a compassionate focussed way focussed on their goals for treatment . Therapy is always geared to the clients goals and what they want /need to be different , this is reviewed regularly in therapy to ensure we are still working towards the goals that the client identified.
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Hermione B Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1
Are you struggling with OCD, Anxiety, depression, or feeling like a shadow of yourself? Would you like to be able to express your feelings and emotions and learn how to change unhealthy emotions of anxiety, depression, hurt, anger, guilt, etc and those unhealthy beliefs that are keeping you stuck. Would you like to quieten that inner critical voice and learn a new philosophy for life, that will enable you to maintain your wellbeing. If so I offer one to one's, either face to face, zoom, or telephone sessions, whichever suits you best. In a safe, confidential space to talk and work through your problem. I work with 18 years plus.
Are you struggling with OCD, Anxiety, depression, or feeling like a shadow of yourself? Would you like to be able to express your feelings and emotions and learn how to change unhealthy emotions of anxiety, depression, hurt, anger, guilt, etc and those unhealthy beliefs that are keeping you stuck. Would you like to quieten that inner critical voice and learn a new philosophy for life, that will enable you to maintain your wellbeing. If so I offer one to one's, either face to face, zoom, or telephone sessions, whichever suits you best. In a safe, confidential space to talk and work through your problem. I work with 18 years plus.
023 8254 4522 View 023 8254 4522
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Vicky Bird
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1
I can help with recent or long standing problems, such as Anxiety, Panic, OCD depression, or relationships.
I provide a confidential safe space to learn about you, to consider direction or find meaning, in a way that isn’t always possible with friends or family. With over 14 years experience i can help you explore whatever aspects of your life you may want to better understand or change. We all struggle from time to time, and you don't have to face it alone. An opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings freely without judgement, and learn how to help yourself on the not so good days….(and we all have them) If you choose to work with me sessions and the length of time we work together will be suited to you.
I can help with recent or long standing problems, such as Anxiety, Panic, OCD depression, or relationships.
I provide a confidential safe space to learn about you, to consider direction or find meaning, in a way that isn’t always possible with friends or family. With over 14 years experience i can help you explore whatever aspects of your life you may want to better understand or change. We all struggle from time to time, and you don't have to face it alone. An opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings freely without judgement, and learn how to help yourself on the not so good days….(and we all have them) If you choose to work with me sessions and the length of time we work together will be suited to you.
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Elena Gava
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1  (Online Only)
Hi I'm an integrative counsellor, specialising working with a range of issues including high functioning anxiety, emotional distress, work issues, perfectionism, all- or nothing thinking, OCD, confidence & self-esteem, relationship issues, people pleasing those who struggle maintain healthy boundaries, The focus, for me, is on the client’s experience of their life and potentially working through the areas that may feel stuck, due to impact of strong inner critic or guilt as a result of difficult issues maybe from childhood abuse, neglect ect.. or negative experience what prevent client to live a life that is more meaningful for you.
Hi I'm an integrative counsellor, specialising working with a range of issues including high functioning anxiety, emotional distress, work issues, perfectionism, all- or nothing thinking, OCD, confidence & self-esteem, relationship issues, people pleasing those who struggle maintain healthy boundaries, The focus, for me, is on the client’s experience of their life and potentially working through the areas that may feel stuck, due to impact of strong inner critic or guilt as a result of difficult issues maybe from childhood abuse, neglect ect.. or negative experience what prevent client to live a life that is more meaningful for you.
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Elizabeth Sakutukwa
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1
I specialize mainly in Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Health Anxiety, OCD and any other health anxieties.
I am a BABCP registered Psychotherapist. It is my goal to facilitate and communicate with my clients as best as they can to uncover the essence of concerning issues and those that may arise. These issues can be challenging and overwhelming. My experience has shown that using a non-judgmental, open and honest approach enables clients to understand themselves and their lives better after understanding how to communicate. This skill begins on day one of therapy and can be applied to various life situations. I am honored to hear clients speak about what matters to them most, and to help them reach their full potential.
I specialize mainly in Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Health Anxiety, OCD and any other health anxieties.
I am a BABCP registered Psychotherapist. It is my goal to facilitate and communicate with my clients as best as they can to uncover the essence of concerning issues and those that may arise. These issues can be challenging and overwhelming. My experience has shown that using a non-judgmental, open and honest approach enables clients to understand themselves and their lives better after understanding how to communicate. This skill begins on day one of therapy and can be applied to various life situations. I am honored to hear clients speak about what matters to them most, and to help them reach their full potential.
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Holly-Jane Thurgood Optimism Psychotherapy Service
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Portsmouth PO1  (Online Only)
Optimism Psychotherapy & Supervision Services LTD (15525207) offer accredited psychotherapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Narrative Exposure Therapy & Interpersonal Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex-PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and addiction.
I offer accredited psychotherapy to teenagers & adults nationwide. I am also the founder and lead therapist of Optimism. My approach is friendly and collaborative and based on the latest evidence of successful therapy approaches. I am an experienced and highly trained mental health professional and accredited CBT & EMDR psychological therapist. I have over 15 years of military healthcare experience delivering care in the UK and whilst deployed on operations in Afghanistan and in maritime environments. I have expert experience in delivering psychotherapy to Veterans, Service Personnel and those working for the Emergency Services.
Optimism Psychotherapy & Supervision Services LTD (15525207) offer accredited psychotherapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Narrative Exposure Therapy & Interpersonal Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex-PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and addiction.
I offer accredited psychotherapy to teenagers & adults nationwide. I am also the founder and lead therapist of Optimism. My approach is friendly and collaborative and based on the latest evidence of successful therapy approaches. I am an experienced and highly trained mental health professional and accredited CBT & EMDR psychological therapist. I have over 15 years of military healthcare experience delivering care in the UK and whilst deployed on operations in Afghanistan and in maritime environments. I have expert experience in delivering psychotherapy to Veterans, Service Personnel and those working for the Emergency Services.
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Sadia Karmalkar
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO2  (Online Only)
Hi I am Sadia, a Therapist, however, I am first and foremost a human being - something I really try to allow to come across during sessions. I know seeking support for your mental health can feel like a step into the unknown, so if you are looking for the right support tailored to your unique needs and to just make sense of things that are just perhaps not making sense right now, then get in touch. We can work together to put your knowledge of yourself you and what I know about CBT, to find a way to take steps forward in the next direction your life wants to go in.
Hi I am Sadia, a Therapist, however, I am first and foremost a human being - something I really try to allow to come across during sessions. I know seeking support for your mental health can feel like a step into the unknown, so if you are looking for the right support tailored to your unique needs and to just make sense of things that are just perhaps not making sense right now, then get in touch. We can work together to put your knowledge of yourself you and what I know about CBT, to find a way to take steps forward in the next direction your life wants to go in.
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Julie Dickson
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO2  (Online Only)
Hello. We all have periods in our lives when we experience challenges that impact us emotionally. Past trauma, recent loss or life adjustment, interpersonal conflict, physical ill health or change in social circumstances, for example, can test our psychological coping. We can be left with difficult emotions that overwhelm us and impact on our functioning, sense of self and general outlook. You may be looking for a space for reflection, or wish to work towards specific behavioural goals. Whether your distress is based on the past, present or future, psychological therapy can offer you an opportunity for change and growth.
Hello. We all have periods in our lives when we experience challenges that impact us emotionally. Past trauma, recent loss or life adjustment, interpersonal conflict, physical ill health or change in social circumstances, for example, can test our psychological coping. We can be left with difficult emotions that overwhelm us and impact on our functioning, sense of self and general outlook. You may be looking for a space for reflection, or wish to work towards specific behavioural goals. Whether your distress is based on the past, present or future, psychological therapy can offer you an opportunity for change and growth.
01329 558890 View 01329 558890
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Joanna Mead
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO4
The approach I first trained in and like to use the most is an integrative model called the Relational approach. This approach incorporates both humanistic and psychodynamic elememts which means it retains the warmth of the humanistic models which focus on empathy and building trust, and the Freudian concepts of the unconcious mind and transference. I work best with clients who are willing to explore how they relate to people, by examining what is going on in our relationship during therapy. I really enjoy working with clients who have issues around relationships and attachment, and find this work both interesting and rewarding.
The approach I first trained in and like to use the most is an integrative model called the Relational approach. This approach incorporates both humanistic and psychodynamic elememts which means it retains the warmth of the humanistic models which focus on empathy and building trust, and the Freudian concepts of the unconcious mind and transference. I work best with clients who are willing to explore how they relate to people, by examining what is going on in our relationship during therapy. I really enjoy working with clients who have issues around relationships and attachment, and find this work both interesting and rewarding.
07480 784908 View 07480 784908
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Daniel Sutton-Johanson
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portsmouth PO4  (Online Only)
Reasons to seek out therapy are, much like ourselves, varied, nuanced and complex. A deeply empathic, attentive presence, warmth and trust for how you process things and what you decide to bring to our sessions, are at the heart of my practice. As a therapist, I provide a therapeutic relationship which, over time, creates a space in which deep healing can occur. I hope to help you see yourself and make meaning of your experience(s) in ways which were not available before. My work is therefore centred around attending to the whole person, with equal respect and worth for both content and process, both feeling and thinking.
Reasons to seek out therapy are, much like ourselves, varied, nuanced and complex. A deeply empathic, attentive presence, warmth and trust for how you process things and what you decide to bring to our sessions, are at the heart of my practice. As a therapist, I provide a therapeutic relationship which, over time, creates a space in which deep healing can occur. I hope to help you see yourself and make meaning of your experience(s) in ways which were not available before. My work is therefore centred around attending to the whole person, with equal respect and worth for both content and process, both feeling and thinking.
023 9387 8735 View 023 9387 8735
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David Burchell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO6
My name is David and I am a Humanistic Counsellor. When looking for professional support, it can be confusing, even difficult to know which counsellor will be right for your own personal needs. With this in mind, I openly invite you to contact me either by phone or email so that you can ask any questions around how counselling could help you. I am a fully qualified Ba (Hons) Humanistic counselling professional with experience of working with a wide variety of issues. Training, qualifications & experience
My name is David and I am a Humanistic Counsellor. When looking for professional support, it can be confusing, even difficult to know which counsellor will be right for your own personal needs. With this in mind, I openly invite you to contact me either by phone or email so that you can ask any questions around how counselling could help you. I am a fully qualified Ba (Hons) Humanistic counselling professional with experience of working with a wide variety of issues. Training, qualifications & experience
07723 449738 View 07723 449738
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The Haven Child Psychology Practice
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO4
I am a highly experienced chartered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in children and adolescent mental health and family/systemic intervention. I have worked across the NHS and independent sector for over 15 years and use evidence-based practice across the lifespan of treatment, supporting clients whose experiences reflect the full range of severity and complexity of mental health.
I am a highly experienced chartered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in children and adolescent mental health and family/systemic intervention. I have worked across the NHS and independent sector for over 15 years and use evidence-based practice across the lifespan of treatment, supporting clients whose experiences reflect the full range of severity and complexity of mental health.
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Martha Espin
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO2  (Online Only)
I get it, life can get overwhelming sometimes. You feel unwell and don't know where to start. You can't put your finger on anything because everything seems like a lot right now: Family, relationships, self-esteem, worry, insecurities, work... nothing feels good anymore. You feel lost and sometimes don't really know what to do. You might struggle to enjoy the things you used to or simply have a good time with friends. Sometimes you might feel ridden by anxiety, worry and overthinking, which makes you question literally everything and you feel exhausted!
I get it, life can get overwhelming sometimes. You feel unwell and don't know where to start. You can't put your finger on anything because everything seems like a lot right now: Family, relationships, self-esteem, worry, insecurities, work... nothing feels good anymore. You feel lost and sometimes don't really know what to do. You might struggle to enjoy the things you used to or simply have a good time with friends. Sometimes you might feel ridden by anxiety, worry and overthinking, which makes you question literally everything and you feel exhausted!
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www.juliepikecounselling.co.uk
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO2
Based in Hilsea Portsmouth Work face to face, online & phone BA(Hons)Humanistic Counsellor BACP Accredited 17 years I work in a building at the end of my garden which is very quiet & peaceful. .....Sessions are an hour, I work short & long term. I'm a Humanistic counsellor who works eclectically, also with CBT, dreams and creatively. .......I work with addictions, drug, alcohol, gambling etc. I also work with other addictions & phobias. I may offer concessions to young adults.
Based in Hilsea Portsmouth Work face to face, online & phone BA(Hons)Humanistic Counsellor BACP Accredited 17 years I work in a building at the end of my garden which is very quiet & peaceful. .....Sessions are an hour, I work short & long term. I'm a Humanistic counsellor who works eclectically, also with CBT, dreams and creatively. .......I work with addictions, drug, alcohol, gambling etc. I also work with other addictions & phobias. I may offer concessions to young adults.
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Sadie Were
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO4  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Sadie and it's very important to me that therapy is a collaborative process in which we both work together to ensure you feel heard, safe and have an open space for you to explore your difficulties and meet your goals in a way that feels manageable. My goal as your therapist is to make sense of what has brought you to treatment, to understand where you are stuck and for us together to think about what you need to feel able to move forward. Therapy is an active process where we work together as a team and I want to ensure we find a way to enable you to move closer towards living the life you want for yourself.
Hi! My name is Sadie and it's very important to me that therapy is a collaborative process in which we both work together to ensure you feel heard, safe and have an open space for you to explore your difficulties and meet your goals in a way that feels manageable. My goal as your therapist is to make sense of what has brought you to treatment, to understand where you are stuck and for us together to think about what you need to feel able to move forward. Therapy is an active process where we work together as a team and I want to ensure we find a way to enable you to move closer towards living the life you want for yourself.
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Fresh Start Psychological Services Ltd
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO3
With previous extensive NHS experience as a therapist, supervisor, and manager, I am a very passionate, compassionate, authentic, and experienced childhood trauma specialist. I specialize in early life trauma and any other forms of PSTD/trauma. I work with both adults & children (from 13 years old), struggling with all forms of anxiety and depression. Therapy can really help alleviate distressing symptoms and find a better way of managing difficult situations. It may be that anxiety has triggered difficult memories and caused depression symptoms. I use an individualized approach delivered with compassion and understanding
With previous extensive NHS experience as a therapist, supervisor, and manager, I am a very passionate, compassionate, authentic, and experienced childhood trauma specialist. I specialize in early life trauma and any other forms of PSTD/trauma. I work with both adults & children (from 13 years old), struggling with all forms of anxiety and depression. Therapy can really help alleviate distressing symptoms and find a better way of managing difficult situations. It may be that anxiety has triggered difficult memories and caused depression symptoms. I use an individualized approach delivered with compassion and understanding
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Marble White Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO6
Do you wish to feel empowered and be in an environment that promotes equality, acceptance and values you positively as a person? Marble White Counselling offers a professional service working with Adults, Couples, Families, Young People and Children. I am empathic, non-judgmental and genuine. I will support you through your journey by being alongside you and listen attentively in order to understand and hear your experience. Having an environment whereby you feel safe enough to disclose/let go of any negative beliefs, fear, anger, sadness or guilt can be extremely healing and aid self-acceptance.
Do you wish to feel empowered and be in an environment that promotes equality, acceptance and values you positively as a person? Marble White Counselling offers a professional service working with Adults, Couples, Families, Young People and Children. I am empathic, non-judgmental and genuine. I will support you through your journey by being alongside you and listen attentively in order to understand and hear your experience. Having an environment whereby you feel safe enough to disclose/let go of any negative beliefs, fear, anger, sadness or guilt can be extremely healing and aid self-acceptance.
01329 553428 View 01329 553428
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Del Atkins
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO6
Waitlist for new clients
Hi my name is Del Atkins and I'm a counsellor, offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) and supervision, I offer face to face counselling and supervision to young people 16+ and adults in Fareham, Portsmouth and the surrounding area from rooms in Fareham. I have completed over 5300+ hours with clients since completing a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Person Centered Counselling in 2009. I have worked with clients on their journeys who are experiencing bereavement, depression, eating disorders, self confidence worries, sexuality, self image issues, trauma, rape & sexual assault etc....
Hi my name is Del Atkins and I'm a counsellor, offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) and supervision, I offer face to face counselling and supervision to young people 16+ and adults in Fareham, Portsmouth and the surrounding area from rooms in Fareham. I have completed over 5300+ hours with clients since completing a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Person Centered Counselling in 2009. I have worked with clients on their journeys who are experiencing bereavement, depression, eating disorders, self confidence worries, sexuality, self image issues, trauma, rape & sexual assault etc....
01329 557308 View 01329 557308
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Helen-Melissa Crew
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1
Are you feeling sad, anxious or stressed? Is life feeling overwhelming or too challenging? Perhaps you are needing help to overcome anxiety, panic attacks, depression, are suffering low self-confidence or are experiencing relationship or family difficulties? Whatever your reason for counselling, whether it's big or small... get in touch to see how I can help. I am a fully qualified BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering a professional, confidential Counselling Service.
Are you feeling sad, anxious or stressed? Is life feeling overwhelming or too challenging? Perhaps you are needing help to overcome anxiety, panic attacks, depression, are suffering low self-confidence or are experiencing relationship or family difficulties? Whatever your reason for counselling, whether it's big or small... get in touch to see how I can help. I am a fully qualified BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering a professional, confidential Counselling Service.
07881 743121 View 07881 743121
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Caroline Allan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth PO1
As a humanistic counsellor I believe that therapy is about self exploration, which can help when you are struggling with your current life, perhaps feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or depressed. I aim to create a relationship with you in which you can feel safe to be fully transparent and talk about difficult or painful experiences, thoughts or feelings. I hope that through a reflective partnership, I can help you become more self aware but with no judgement.
As a humanistic counsellor I believe that therapy is about self exploration, which can help when you are struggling with your current life, perhaps feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or depressed. I aim to create a relationship with you in which you can feel safe to be fully transparent and talk about difficult or painful experiences, thoughts or feelings. I hope that through a reflective partnership, I can help you become more self aware but with no judgement.
023 9431 1396 View 023 9431 1396
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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.