Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in Richmond

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Shung Yan (Beatrice) Ng (Kessler)
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
I am a registered clinical psychologist in the UK and Hong Kong, and a Certified Advance Schema Therapist and Supervisor from ISST. I have also been certified as a mindfulness trainer from Canada. I speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. I have extensive experience in treating complicated cases such as Trauma, PTSD, DID, Personality Disorders, OCD, and Mood Disorders. I am particularly experienced in treating people with pervasively negative life patterns. I stop seeing couples in recent years and I do not see children anymore. But I hold a company with some colleagues that serve them. My target clients are 16 years old plus.
I am a registered clinical psychologist in the UK and Hong Kong, and a Certified Advance Schema Therapist and Supervisor from ISST. I have also been certified as a mindfulness trainer from Canada. I speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. I have extensive experience in treating complicated cases such as Trauma, PTSD, DID, Personality Disorders, OCD, and Mood Disorders. I am particularly experienced in treating people with pervasively negative life patterns. I stop seeing couples in recent years and I do not see children anymore. But I hold a company with some colleagues that serve them. My target clients are 16 years old plus.
01748 902948 View 01748 902948
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Peter Klein
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond TW9
Welcome to my profile page. I am specialized in treating problems such as Stress,Worry, Anxiety, Psychosis, Depression and OCD. I emphasise the use of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies as these offer a wealth of scientific evidence backing their effectiveness. When getting to know you, I very much emphasize getting an individual picture of your concerns in order to tailor a treatment program towards you. This entails that you will get to know psychotherapeutic principles and techniques that are adapted specifically towards you. The gained knowledge will aid in helping you address your problems in a direct and pragmatic manner.
Welcome to my profile page. I am specialized in treating problems such as Stress,Worry, Anxiety, Psychosis, Depression and OCD. I emphasise the use of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies as these offer a wealth of scientific evidence backing their effectiveness. When getting to know you, I very much emphasize getting an individual picture of your concerns in order to tailor a treatment program towards you. This entails that you will get to know psychotherapeutic principles and techniques that are adapted specifically towards you. The gained knowledge will aid in helping you address your problems in a direct and pragmatic manner.
01748 902453 View 01748 902453
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Dr Marigold Hayes
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
I work with most common mental health difficulties including stress, burnout, anxiety, worry, OCD, rumination, depression, low self-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 are 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, burnout, anxiety, worry, OCD, rumination, depression, low self-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 are 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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Lisa Williams Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Richmond TW10
I am an Integrative Counsellor and hypnotherapist and have been working in private practice for 6 years. My therapy room is in my garden and is well ventilated and thoroughly sanitised between clients with my chairs spaced 2 metres apart in line with current government advice during the current pandemic to keep my clients safe. I also offer online therapy via Skype, Zoom WhatsApp or FaceTime. I can help clients with anxiety, OCD, Phobias, Confidence and Self-esteem, Weight control ,addiction, Smoking cessation, Relationship issues, Trauma, Healing the inner child. I use a combination of Counselling, Hypnotherapy CBT and NLP
I am an Integrative Counsellor and hypnotherapist and have been working in private practice for 6 years. My therapy room is in my garden and is well ventilated and thoroughly sanitised between clients with my chairs spaced 2 metres apart in line with current government advice during the current pandemic to keep my clients safe. I also offer online therapy via Skype, Zoom WhatsApp or FaceTime. I can help clients with anxiety, OCD, Phobias, Confidence and Self-esteem, Weight control ,addiction, Smoking cessation, Relationship issues, Trauma, Healing the inner child. I use a combination of Counselling, Hypnotherapy CBT and NLP
020 3984 9047 View 020 3984 9047
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Matthew Frank Gould
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
I am experienced working with evidence based treatments for anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety, shyness, phobia, health anxiety and OCD.
Hi I'm Matthew, a qualified CBT, integrative and psychodynamic psychotherapist. My style is warm and free of judgement. You may have problems you cannot explain to a friend or family member and need a third perspective. I work with anxiety and depression, relationships, loss, abuse, betrayal, self-esteem, anger, or those who are stuck. Improvement comes from insight, understanding and acceptance but also from stepwise, practical change. If requested I can work in a more active and future focused way with the current advice, exercises and activities supported by the evidence base.
I am experienced working with evidence based treatments for anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety, shyness, phobia, health anxiety and OCD.
Hi I'm Matthew, a qualified CBT, integrative and psychodynamic psychotherapist. My style is warm and free of judgement. You may have problems you cannot explain to a friend or family member and need a third perspective. I work with anxiety and depression, relationships, loss, abuse, betrayal, self-esteem, anger, or those who are stuck. Improvement comes from insight, understanding and acceptance but also from stepwise, practical change. If requested I can work in a more active and future focused way with the current advice, exercises and activities supported by the evidence base.
020 4538 4899 View 020 4538 4899
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Baruch Spiegel
Verified Verified
Richmond TW10
The world facing our children and young people today is an extremely complicated one. Dealing with an unpredictable, and at times, chaotic environment, can test our mental and physical systems. The seeds of worry can be sown in a myriad of ways but nearly always ends up with the young person internalising their problems, which then manifest in increasingly problematic ways such as OCD, Tics, Self-Harming, and body image issues. Underlying all of these symptoms is a powerfully negative view of themselves which, if unchecked, can become overwhelming.
The world facing our children and young people today is an extremely complicated one. Dealing with an unpredictable, and at times, chaotic environment, can test our mental and physical systems. The seeds of worry can be sown in a myriad of ways but nearly always ends up with the young person internalising their problems, which then manifest in increasingly problematic ways such as OCD, Tics, Self-Harming, and body image issues. Underlying all of these symptoms is a powerfully negative view of themselves which, if unchecked, can become overwhelming.
020 4538 9608 View 020 4538 9608
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Bettina Salzmann
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Richmond TW10
I have worked with individuals presenting with anxiety, General anxiety disorders, depression, stress,OCD, panic attacks, phobias, trauma, PTSD,childhood abuse, domestic violence, autism, agraphobia,bereavement,loss,sudden/ traumatic death,relationship issues,suicide,addiction, eating disorders, bipolar and personality disorder using DBT amongst others.
I am an experienced CBT therapist and integrative counsellor/psychotherapist working in private practice for Anxiety, Trauma, Personality Disorder, Depression, family mediation.I use mindfulness with my clients to help them to become more aware of the present moment and in acknowledging feelings and thoughts as they come and go.It’s been accepted as a useful therapy for anxiety and depression for years, and research suggests it's effective when practising reflection on yourself, switching off your auto pilot in order to discover your real feelings, and this can have an positive influence on our well being.
I have worked with individuals presenting with anxiety, General anxiety disorders, depression, stress,OCD, panic attacks, phobias, trauma, PTSD,childhood abuse, domestic violence, autism, agraphobia,bereavement,loss,sudden/ traumatic death,relationship issues,suicide,addiction, eating disorders, bipolar and personality disorder using DBT amongst others.
I am an experienced CBT therapist and integrative counsellor/psychotherapist working in private practice for Anxiety, Trauma, Personality Disorder, Depression, family mediation.I use mindfulness with my clients to help them to become more aware of the present moment and in acknowledging feelings and thoughts as they come and go.It’s been accepted as a useful therapy for anxiety and depression for years, and research suggests it's effective when practising reflection on yourself, switching off your auto pilot in order to discover your real feelings, and this can have an positive influence on our well being.
01748 900742 View 01748 900742
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Ian Nethersell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Richmond TW10
I work with clients on many issues including depression, anxiety, self-worth and anger management and have a special interest in the field of addiction and dependent behaviours and other coping strategies like self-harm, eating disorders and OCD.
I am an integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor and offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for you to discuss how you are feeling, enabling you to identify and work through those things that are troubling you in your life. The sessions and direction of therapy will be led by you. This can be short-term solution focused work, or more open ended where you can explore your life experiences to see how your past is affecting your present. We can also work on dysfunctional and distorted thought patterns, allowing you to discover new ways of being. Together we can identify the tools you need to flourish.
I work with clients on many issues including depression, anxiety, self-worth and anger management and have a special interest in the field of addiction and dependent behaviours and other coping strategies like self-harm, eating disorders and OCD.
I am an integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor and offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for you to discuss how you are feeling, enabling you to identify and work through those things that are troubling you in your life. The sessions and direction of therapy will be led by you. This can be short-term solution focused work, or more open ended where you can explore your life experiences to see how your past is affecting your present. We can also work on dysfunctional and distorted thought patterns, allowing you to discover new ways of being. Together we can identify the tools you need to flourish.
01372 677532 View 01372 677532
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Rukshana Ali
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW10  (Online Only)
Life can be tough at times and sometimes we need a bit of help to manage. I offer psychological assessment and intervention for children, young people and adults. I have specialist expertise in working with health conditions including, psychodermatology, dermatology (e.g. acne, eczema, alopecia, hair pulling, skin picking and genetic skin diseases), weight management, diabetes, endocrine disorders, respiratory, renal and cardiac issues, amongst others.
Life can be tough at times and sometimes we need a bit of help to manage. I offer psychological assessment and intervention for children, young people and adults. I have specialist expertise in working with health conditions including, psychodermatology, dermatology (e.g. acne, eczema, alopecia, hair pulling, skin picking and genetic skin diseases), weight management, diabetes, endocrine disorders, respiratory, renal and cardiac issues, amongst others.
01474 554905 View 01474 554905
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Erin Hope Thompson (Online Sessions Available)
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
I offer both in-person and online therapy. I have over ten years’ experience working in the mental health sector, helping people overcome and manage their difficulties, be it in their personal or professional lives. I specialise in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, bereavement, health difficulties, and relationship counselling. I work with both adults and young people and can incorporate a number of different therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, systemic therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, schema therapy, and compassion focused therapy.
I offer both in-person and online therapy. I have over ten years’ experience working in the mental health sector, helping people overcome and manage their difficulties, be it in their personal or professional lives. I specialise in working with anxiety, depression, OCD, bereavement, health difficulties, and relationship counselling. I work with both adults and young people and can incorporate a number of different therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, systemic therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, schema therapy, and compassion focused therapy.
07403 936134 View 07403 936134
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Tara O'Donoghue- Homebased Talking therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Richmond TW10
I am a Senior Psychotherapist, specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT). Specialities include assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, such as OCD, BDD, body image, phobias and depressive episodes. I work with you to understand family systems and break cycles. Previous positions at the Maudsley Hospital include head of the OCD/BDD anxiety unit, working alongside Prof D Veale. Team leader of the national outpatient unit and chairperson of the BABCP committee in the Isle of Man. I can also offer intensive treatment homevisits.
I am a Senior Psychotherapist, specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT). Specialities include assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, such as OCD, BDD, body image, phobias and depressive episodes. I work with you to understand family systems and break cycles. Previous positions at the Maudsley Hospital include head of the OCD/BDD anxiety unit, working alongside Prof D Veale. Team leader of the national outpatient unit and chairperson of the BABCP committee in the Isle of Man. I can also offer intensive treatment homevisits.
07492 884493 View 07492 884493
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Dr Sara Bhattachary
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
Growing up can be hard and modern life presents many challenges for young people. Perhaps you are a parent, having noticed your child seems sad, withdrawn or not themselves. They may seem worried or anxious. You may be a young person yourself, struggling to manage the unrelenting pressure of society, education, social media, friends and family. Perhaps you are the parent of a much younger child, wanting to learn new ways of managing their behaviour or worries. Whatever your reasons for being here, thank you for visiting my profile. Please get in touch to discuss your concerns and how I can help you to find a new way forward.
Growing up can be hard and modern life presents many challenges for young people. Perhaps you are a parent, having noticed your child seems sad, withdrawn or not themselves. They may seem worried or anxious. You may be a young person yourself, struggling to manage the unrelenting pressure of society, education, social media, friends and family. Perhaps you are the parent of a much younger child, wanting to learn new ways of managing their behaviour or worries. Whatever your reasons for being here, thank you for visiting my profile. Please get in touch to discuss your concerns and how I can help you to find a new way forward.
020 4538 5383 View 020 4538 5383
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Birch Therapy Clinic
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond TW10  (Online Only)
Hi I'm Nidhi! At Birch Therapy Clinic, we are a team of accredited and highly skilled psychotherapists, delivering remote CBT and Trauma therapy throughout the UK. We provide a range of specialised therapy services, including: • CBT Therapy and integrated psychotherapy • Trauma therapy & EMDR • Sleep/ Insomnia focused therapy from our NHS specialist • BABCP Clinical Supervision for trainees and accredited therapists.
Hi I'm Nidhi! At Birch Therapy Clinic, we are a team of accredited and highly skilled psychotherapists, delivering remote CBT and Trauma therapy throughout the UK. We provide a range of specialised therapy services, including: • CBT Therapy and integrated psychotherapy • Trauma therapy & EMDR • Sleep/ Insomnia focused therapy from our NHS specialist • BABCP Clinical Supervision for trainees and accredited therapists.
01293 222768 View 01293 222768
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Sonia Marquardt
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
Hello, my name is Dr Sonia Marquardt and I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. I offer individual psychological therapy to young people and adults who are looking for a professional to explore their difficulties with. Mental health affects all of us at some point in our lives. The last two years have been particularly challenging. Many of us have been affected in multiple ways by the covid pandemic and we may need some external support to manage feelings of stress, loneliness and isolation, panic and worry, and feeling low. I now offer walk and talk therapy, which can be by the river or in Old Deer park.
Hello, my name is Dr Sonia Marquardt and I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. I offer individual psychological therapy to young people and adults who are looking for a professional to explore their difficulties with. Mental health affects all of us at some point in our lives. The last two years have been particularly challenging. Many of us have been affected in multiple ways by the covid pandemic and we may need some external support to manage feelings of stress, loneliness and isolation, panic and worry, and feeling low. I now offer walk and talk therapy, which can be by the river or in Old Deer park.
01748 902133 View 01748 902133
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Dr Jadzia Duncan-Bosu
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
Waitlist for new clients
As a registered clinical psychologist I have a passion for working with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties, such as fear, anxiety, poor self-esteem, low mood, depression, panic attacks, bereavement, stress, difficulties in adjusting to life events and interpersonal difficulties. I know that deciding to seek help can be difficult, yet living with emotional difficulties can be even more challenging and draining. I want to empower you to find new ways of coping and being. This can mean learning new coping strategies, relating differently to your thoughts and emotions, and being more connected to others.
As a registered clinical psychologist I have a passion for working with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties, such as fear, anxiety, poor self-esteem, low mood, depression, panic attacks, bereavement, stress, difficulties in adjusting to life events and interpersonal difficulties. I know that deciding to seek help can be difficult, yet living with emotional difficulties can be even more challenging and draining. I want to empower you to find new ways of coping and being. This can mean learning new coping strategies, relating differently to your thoughts and emotions, and being more connected to others.
01748 901517 View 01748 901517
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Dr Christopher Lloyd
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW10
Practice Website: www.wearejustthinking.co.uk You may have come across my page as you're struggling with low mood, anxiety, or relationship issues. It may be that life has become difficult only recently or that you've realised you have been struggling over the longer term. I am an empathic and approachable psychologist, which advanced clinical and research training. I offer a warm, safe and affirming space where you can make sense of your difficulties and importantly, make positive changes which will enhance your quality of life. Please message me to find out more.
Practice Website: www.wearejustthinking.co.uk You may have come across my page as you're struggling with low mood, anxiety, or relationship issues. It may be that life has become difficult only recently or that you've realised you have been struggling over the longer term. I am an empathic and approachable psychologist, which advanced clinical and research training. I offer a warm, safe and affirming space where you can make sense of your difficulties and importantly, make positive changes which will enhance your quality of life. Please message me to find out more.
020 3540 6502 View 020 3540 6502
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Juanita Josephine Murphy
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9
I am passionate about helping people heal, change and grow. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to explore what is not working in your life, what you may need to let go of and what you may want to introduce to improve your life. I specialise in trauma, addictions, anxiety, inner critic, low self esteem and depression. I have an integrative and compassionate approach. Having difficulties emotionally, mentally or physically and want to improve this, therapy can help by talking things through. We will work together to meet your needs and goals.
I am passionate about helping people heal, change and grow. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to explore what is not working in your life, what you may need to let go of and what you may want to introduce to improve your life. I specialise in trauma, addictions, anxiety, inner critic, low self esteem and depression. I have an integrative and compassionate approach. Having difficulties emotionally, mentally or physically and want to improve this, therapy can help by talking things through. We will work together to meet your needs and goals.
020 4538 9309 View 020 4538 9309
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Lorna Francis
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond TW9
Life can feel as though everything is getting too much. Are you low, irritable or anxious? Or is there something you want to talk through? Then therapy may be for you. Being in a confidential, empathic and non-judgemental environment with an experienced trained professional, listening and providing support can help you start to lead a more fulfilling life. Building a trusting relationship with me can support you with trauma, anxiety or relationship issues. Through in-depth exploration we can enable you to understand yourself, yourself with others and gain new insights, awareness and choices.
Life can feel as though everything is getting too much. Are you low, irritable or anxious? Or is there something you want to talk through? Then therapy may be for you. Being in a confidential, empathic and non-judgemental environment with an experienced trained professional, listening and providing support can help you start to lead a more fulfilling life. Building a trusting relationship with me can support you with trauma, anxiety or relationship issues. Through in-depth exploration we can enable you to understand yourself, yourself with others and gain new insights, awareness and choices.
01748 902557 View 01748 902557
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Dr Siobhan O'Leary
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Richmond TW9  (Online Only)
Mental health difficulties come in many forms and can impact our lives profoundly. Struggles may have been with us for years, even forming part of our identity, or they may have appeared as if from nowhere. Our attempts to cope often draw from the same well that feeds the problem, making it difficult to change things alone. One of the many ways therapy works is by unlocking different thinking, awareness and experience, allowing problems to be truly addressed in a new, meaningful way.
Mental health difficulties come in many forms and can impact our lives profoundly. Struggles may have been with us for years, even forming part of our identity, or they may have appeared as if from nowhere. Our attempts to cope often draw from the same well that feeds the problem, making it difficult to change things alone. One of the many ways therapy works is by unlocking different thinking, awareness and experience, allowing problems to be truly addressed in a new, meaningful way.
01748 901829 View 01748 901829
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Vernon Stokoe
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond TW9
Vernon is a qualified Psychologist, Psychotherapist, and Relationship Therapist with a practice in Richmond and online sessions available. Recognised by the BPS, he's also a member of both the CNHC and NCIP. Vernon's educational journey is as diverse as it is rich, encompassing Art, Psychology, and Philosophy. He holds a BA in Fine Art, an MSc in Psychology, and has furthered his studies in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy at the Surrey College of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, affiliated with Surrey University. Vernon's deep personal interest in Philosophy, especially Zazen, enhances his therapeutic skills.
Vernon is a qualified Psychologist, Psychotherapist, and Relationship Therapist with a practice in Richmond and online sessions available. Recognised by the BPS, he's also a member of both the CNHC and NCIP. Vernon's educational journey is as diverse as it is rich, encompassing Art, Psychology, and Philosophy. He holds a BA in Fine Art, an MSc in Psychology, and has furthered his studies in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy at the Surrey College of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, affiliated with Surrey University. Vernon's deep personal interest in Philosophy, especially Zazen, enhances his therapeutic skills.
01748 902129 View 01748 902129

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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.