Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Counselling in West Kirby

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Dr Carol Sadler
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
West Kirby CH47
I have extensive experience in supporting families, adults, children and young people with a variety of difficulties, including low mood and depression, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, loss and bereavement, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, relationship problems and issues around identity and belonging.
I have extensive experience in supporting families, adults, children and young people with a variety of difficulties, including low mood and depression, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, loss and bereavement, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, relationship problems and issues around identity and belonging.
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Stephanie Anne Edwards
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
West Kirby CH48
I believe each of us have the capacity to grow to reach our true potential. What can influence or inhibit our positive growth? Our life experiences are affected by childhood events, our relationships with parents. siblings, other family members, friendships, work etc, Our soil can be contaminated by others in our lives when we experience childhood trauma, grief, loss, shame and witnessing violence. being in abusive relationships, life and death situations. These experiences influence us as we grow up, our emotions, our beliefs, our thoughts and our behaviours. This can make us feel depressed, anxious, derailed and scared.
I believe each of us have the capacity to grow to reach our true potential. What can influence or inhibit our positive growth? Our life experiences are affected by childhood events, our relationships with parents. siblings, other family members, friendships, work etc, Our soil can be contaminated by others in our lives when we experience childhood trauma, grief, loss, shame and witnessing violence. being in abusive relationships, life and death situations. These experiences influence us as we grow up, our emotions, our beliefs, our thoughts and our behaviours. This can make us feel depressed, anxious, derailed and scared.
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Françoise Rutland
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified Verified
West Kirby CH47
​I have a particular interest in working with issues of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and relational issues. My core modality is psychodynamic with integrative counselling, and clinical hypnotherapy with memberships and accreditation with NCPS, BACP and CNHC. I believe that the best therapeutic outcomes directly relate to trust, acceptance and confidentiality between counsellor and client.
​I have a particular interest in working with issues of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and relational issues. My core modality is psychodynamic with integrative counselling, and clinical hypnotherapy with memberships and accreditation with NCPS, BACP and CNHC. I believe that the best therapeutic outcomes directly relate to trust, acceptance and confidentiality between counsellor and client.
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Castle Therapy
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
West Kirby CH47
#Live your best life. This is my mission and why I founded Castle Therapy, it's my aim to help as many people as possible live their best lives. Through hypnotherapy & counselling I can help with phobias, becoming healthier, anxiety & depression and much more. I was drawn to re-training and qualifying as a hypnotherapist and counsellor following a successful career with VirginMedia. As a Management and Leadership consultant & coach I was always looking for new ways to help my colleagues reach their full potential.
#Live your best life. This is my mission and why I founded Castle Therapy, it's my aim to help as many people as possible live their best lives. Through hypnotherapy & counselling I can help with phobias, becoming healthier, anxiety & depression and much more. I was drawn to re-training and qualifying as a hypnotherapist and counsellor following a successful career with VirginMedia. As a Management and Leadership consultant & coach I was always looking for new ways to help my colleagues reach their full potential.
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More Therapists Nearby

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GetCBT (Victoria Lacey, CBT Therapist Wirral)
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wirral CH62
Looking for an Anxiety Specialist? Therapy should be a partnership, that capitalises on your knowledge of your history and self, and your therapists knowledge of how go apply gold standard evidence based interventions and treatments to make you feel better. I started GetCBT to provide you with a First Class Psychotherapy experience working with Depression & Low self-esteem & specialising in Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Worry, OCD, PTSD, Phobia's, Social Anxiety & Health Anxiety. Check out our Google and Trustpilot reviews to hear about others’ experience of working with me.
Looking for an Anxiety Specialist? Therapy should be a partnership, that capitalises on your knowledge of your history and self, and your therapists knowledge of how go apply gold standard evidence based interventions and treatments to make you feel better. I started GetCBT to provide you with a First Class Psychotherapy experience working with Depression & Low self-esteem & specialising in Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Worry, OCD, PTSD, Phobia's, Social Anxiety & Health Anxiety. Check out our Google and Trustpilot reviews to hear about others’ experience of working with me.
0151 453 3877 View 0151 453 3877
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Patrick (Paddy) Conroy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L17
Waitlist for new clients
Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with BABCP, also trained in EMDR and Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I treat a range of disorders from Obsessive compulsive disorder helping to alleviate intrusive anxiety provoking thoughts, anxiety and distress resulting from trauma. I work with people who self harm perhaps through deliberate acts or addictive behaviours depending on current level of risk. 25 years experience having trained at the Maudsley Hospital/Institute of Psychiatry 1993 to 1996. Intrusive distressing thoughts a specialty offering 2 intensive sessions which can make a difference. Currently no waiting list.
Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with BABCP, also trained in EMDR and Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I treat a range of disorders from Obsessive compulsive disorder helping to alleviate intrusive anxiety provoking thoughts, anxiety and distress resulting from trauma. I work with people who self harm perhaps through deliberate acts or addictive behaviours depending on current level of risk. 25 years experience having trained at the Maudsley Hospital/Institute of Psychiatry 1993 to 1996. Intrusive distressing thoughts a specialty offering 2 intensive sessions which can make a difference. Currently no waiting list.
01923 961469 View 01923 961469
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The Therapy Corner
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Crosby L22  (Online Only)
I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for disorder specific intervention such as OCD, social anxiety, low mood, GAD, phobia, trauma.
Hi my name is Lynsey and I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse in which I specialise in child and adolescent mental health. I am BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapist. I have completed the specialised EMDR training for children which enables me to work with children and young people from the age of 2 years old.
I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for disorder specific intervention such as OCD, social anxiety, low mood, GAD, phobia, trauma.
Hi my name is Lynsey and I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse in which I specialise in child and adolescent mental health. I am BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapist. I have completed the specialised EMDR training for children which enables me to work with children and young people from the age of 2 years old.
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George Maxwell
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liverpool L1
I offer evidence-based CBT, EMDR and Positive Psychology Coaching to support clients across the full range of the wellbeing spectrum. As an accredited CBT Therapist, I will help you to overcome your anxiety and depression problems using active, effective treatments that will change your life. I specialise in OCD (and its many subtypes), PTSD and Social Anxiety. As a Coaching Psychologist, I can teach you how to flourish, achieve your life goals, and live a life full of meaning and value. I work with clients internationally via Zoom and offer in-person therapy at my office in Rodney Street in Liverpool.
I offer evidence-based CBT, EMDR and Positive Psychology Coaching to support clients across the full range of the wellbeing spectrum. As an accredited CBT Therapist, I will help you to overcome your anxiety and depression problems using active, effective treatments that will change your life. I specialise in OCD (and its many subtypes), PTSD and Social Anxiety. As a Coaching Psychologist, I can teach you how to flourish, achieve your life goals, and live a life full of meaning and value. I work with clients internationally via Zoom and offer in-person therapy at my office in Rodney Street in Liverpool.
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Susan Mercer Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Wirral CH47
My specialities are; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), trauma (PTSD/adjustment disorder), depression triggered by bereavement, life changes, relationship changes or ongoing/repeated relationship problems/patterns, mixed anxiety and depression, and low self-esteem. I'm knowledgeable in a wide range of psychological/mental and physical health problems.
My specialities are; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), trauma (PTSD/adjustment disorder), depression triggered by bereavement, life changes, relationship changes or ongoing/repeated relationship problems/patterns, mixed anxiety and depression, and low self-esteem. I'm knowledgeable in a wide range of psychological/mental and physical health problems.
01925 984177 View 01925 984177
Photo of Luke Cahill - Luke Cahill - in-person and online, MBACP, Counsellor
Luke Cahill - in-person and online
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L8
Waitlist for new clients
TLDR - I mostly work with people dealing with anxiety, depression, and/or OCD stuff/intrusive thoughts, to better understand what's happening and find ways to improve things. I continue to learn to better support the people I work with, particularly around gender, sexuality and relationship diversity, and neurodiversity.
TLDR - I mostly work with people dealing with anxiety, depression, and/or OCD stuff/intrusive thoughts, to better understand what's happening and find ways to improve things. I continue to learn to better support the people I work with, particularly around gender, sexuality and relationship diversity, and neurodiversity.
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James Ward Counselling
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L7
I work with all presenting issues such as OCD all forms, depression, anxiety all forms such as health anxiety, gad , etc , relationship issues , loss and grief, addictions, anger issues/management, etc .
Hello,my name is James Ward and I offer immediate and accessible face to face counselling and phone and zoom sessions due to my level of flexibility for appointment times each week. I am an integrative Counsellor based in the city centre area of Liverpool behind the pen factory and the Everyman Theatre on Hope Street Integrating both person centered counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT ) I Offer Monday to Friday 9am-7pm
I work with all presenting issues such as OCD all forms, depression, anxiety all forms such as health anxiety, gad , etc , relationship issues , loss and grief, addictions, anger issues/management, etc .
Hello,my name is James Ward and I offer immediate and accessible face to face counselling and phone and zoom sessions due to my level of flexibility for appointment times each week. I am an integrative Counsellor based in the city centre area of Liverpool behind the pen factory and the Everyman Theatre on Hope Street Integrating both person centered counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT ) I Offer Monday to Friday 9am-7pm
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Heswall Hills Counselling Centre
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Wirral CH60
T, clinical hypnotherapy, adoption, couples therapy, psychosexual therapy, sexual violence, coaching, clinical supervision, OCD, birth trauma, .
Hello, my name is Cheryl Overington and I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. I am the Founder and Manager of the Heswall Hills Counselling Centre, a private therapy centre based in Heswall Hills on the Wirral. Finding the right therapist can be a daunting process. All of the therapists working from the centre have been selected by me to ensure that they are suitably trained and most importantly of the sort of therapists I’ll be happy to refer to. Due the number of different therapists, including psychologists and CBT therapists we are able to offer a wide of therapeutic specialities and work with children, adults & couples.
T, clinical hypnotherapy, adoption, couples therapy, psychosexual therapy, sexual violence, coaching, clinical supervision, OCD, birth trauma, .
Hello, my name is Cheryl Overington and I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. I am the Founder and Manager of the Heswall Hills Counselling Centre, a private therapy centre based in Heswall Hills on the Wirral. Finding the right therapist can be a daunting process. All of the therapists working from the centre have been selected by me to ensure that they are suitably trained and most importantly of the sort of therapists I’ll be happy to refer to. Due the number of different therapists, including psychologists and CBT therapists we are able to offer a wide of therapeutic specialities and work with children, adults & couples.
07481 361235 View 07481 361235
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Jessica Young
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birkenhead CH41
I use evidence-based CBT techniques to treat problems such as depression, OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder, low self-esteem, generalised anxiety, panic disorder.
I'm fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) therapist, a CBT supervisor and owner at Your Therapy with Jess. I am renowned for my warm and non-judgemental approach and my priority is getting your mental health back on track. I am an experienced NHS psychotherapist with 10 years experience delivering CBT and 7 years delivering EMDR. I offer EMDR for PTSD, and CBT for depression and anxiety disorders for clients over 17 years old (both therapies can be in person or remote). I also offer clinical supervision to trainee and qualified CBT therapists.
I use evidence-based CBT techniques to treat problems such as depression, OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder, low self-esteem, generalised anxiety, panic disorder.
I'm fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) therapist, a CBT supervisor and owner at Your Therapy with Jess. I am renowned for my warm and non-judgemental approach and my priority is getting your mental health back on track. I am an experienced NHS psychotherapist with 10 years experience delivering CBT and 7 years delivering EMDR. I offer EMDR for PTSD, and CBT for depression and anxiety disorders for clients over 17 years old (both therapies can be in person or remote). I also offer clinical supervision to trainee and qualified CBT therapists.
0151 453 3289 View 0151 453 3289
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Leandra McCluskey
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wirral CH60
I am trained and skilled to help with issues such as, anxiety, depression, anger, loss, relationships, stress, worry, panic, phobia’s, OCD, abuse, trauma, bullying, family issues, social anxiety, self-esteem, self-confidence, loneliness, suicidal thoughts or sleep problems / insomnia.
Hello, I'm Leandra. Are you feeling anxious, down, overwhelmed and crying alot? You might have had experiences which have left you feeling sad or frightened. These experiences may be impacting on different areas of your life, like work, relationship, social life, personal well-being, or self-esteem. I am a fully qualified CBT Therapist, and I can help you in coping with your difficulties and the challenges life brings.
I am trained and skilled to help with issues such as, anxiety, depression, anger, loss, relationships, stress, worry, panic, phobia’s, OCD, abuse, trauma, bullying, family issues, social anxiety, self-esteem, self-confidence, loneliness, suicidal thoughts or sleep problems / insomnia.
Hello, I'm Leandra. Are you feeling anxious, down, overwhelmed and crying alot? You might have had experiences which have left you feeling sad or frightened. These experiences may be impacting on different areas of your life, like work, relationship, social life, personal well-being, or self-esteem. I am a fully qualified CBT Therapist, and I can help you in coping with your difficulties and the challenges life brings.
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Chris James
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1  (Online Only)
I'm a highly experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist and sleep specialist providing evidence-based psychological interventions (including CBT) for a range of difficulties including insomnia, adult ADHD, anxiety, work-related stress and burnout, trauma, depression, OCD, health anxiety, phobia, self-esteem issues and relationship difficulties.
Psychological support is about investing in you. Life can be chaotic, intense, confusing, and we can be left feeling disconnected from ourselves, our lives, and the people around us. Sometimes we just need some space to stop and think. Psychological support is also about developing a deeper understanding of yourself - who you are, what you need, what matters to you. For others, it's about building on existing skills - how to get more out of relationships, improving communication, being more assertive, boosting your sleep and performance, learning to be the best version of yourself.
I'm a highly experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist and sleep specialist providing evidence-based psychological interventions (including CBT) for a range of difficulties including insomnia, adult ADHD, anxiety, work-related stress and burnout, trauma, depression, OCD, health anxiety, phobia, self-esteem issues and relationship difficulties.
Psychological support is about investing in you. Life can be chaotic, intense, confusing, and we can be left feeling disconnected from ourselves, our lives, and the people around us. Sometimes we just need some space to stop and think. Psychological support is also about developing a deeper understanding of yourself - who you are, what you need, what matters to you. For others, it's about building on existing skills - how to get more out of relationships, improving communication, being more assertive, boosting your sleep and performance, learning to be the best version of yourself.
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charles bradshaw
Psychotherapist, PsychD, BACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
My practice as a therapist covers Person centred counseling and CBT. PCC helps you to look at how your feeling, may impact on your day today experiences. CBT helps you to track your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Both models help you to gain control and learn new skills to reinforce change. They Futher help you to set goals and with the help of mindfulness, helps you to forge new pathways. Mindfulness helps you to make changes in the present moment, addiction, phobias, anxiety and depression, OCD. Therapy is always about what you would like to change in the future. PCC and CBT help you to see your new change and what fits.
My practice as a therapist covers Person centred counseling and CBT. PCC helps you to look at how your feeling, may impact on your day today experiences. CBT helps you to track your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Both models help you to gain control and learn new skills to reinforce change. They Futher help you to set goals and with the help of mindfulness, helps you to forge new pathways. Mindfulness helps you to make changes in the present moment, addiction, phobias, anxiety and depression, OCD. Therapy is always about what you would like to change in the future. PCC and CBT help you to see your new change and what fits.
0161 524 6746 View 0161 524 6746
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Beautiful Minds Talking Therapy Services
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1
I also have a good working of OCD, ADHD and Asperger's and how negative patterns of behaviours and Childhood traumas and PTSD.
Beautiful Minds Talking Therapy Service has been providing counselling for many years. I understand that taking the first step can be scary and overwhelming. But if you can find the courage to take that first step, it can be life changing. Let me help you explore, understand, and unpick the things that are causing your difficulties in your life. I will help you to take back control of your life and take action to find solutions and resolutions that will empower you. I will help you gain a better understanding of your difficulties and develop your knowledge and awareness of your internal constructs. let me help you.
I also have a good working of OCD, ADHD and Asperger's and how negative patterns of behaviours and Childhood traumas and PTSD.
Beautiful Minds Talking Therapy Service has been providing counselling for many years. I understand that taking the first step can be scary and overwhelming. But if you can find the courage to take that first step, it can be life changing. Let me help you explore, understand, and unpick the things that are causing your difficulties in your life. I will help you to take back control of your life and take action to find solutions and resolutions that will empower you. I will help you gain a better understanding of your difficulties and develop your knowledge and awareness of your internal constructs. let me help you.
07403 250051 View 07403 250051
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LJK Psych-Health (Luize Jenkins-King CBT and EMDR)
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Wirral CH49
Not accepting new clients
Feeling stressed, tense or worried at certain times in life is a normal human response. For some people, anxiety becomes overwhelming and persists to the point that fear significantly impacts daily life which can lead to low mood and low self-esteem. Anxiety can also develop into more specific areas such as social anxiety, panic attacks or OCD. If you experience any of these and would like to learn to manage your symptoms then I can help. I have experience/I am trained in treating people experiencing Long Term Health Conditions and also have significant expertise in treating Depression, Specific Phobias, Health Anxiety and PTSD.
Feeling stressed, tense or worried at certain times in life is a normal human response. For some people, anxiety becomes overwhelming and persists to the point that fear significantly impacts daily life which can lead to low mood and low self-esteem. Anxiety can also develop into more specific areas such as social anxiety, panic attacks or OCD. If you experience any of these and would like to learn to manage your symptoms then I can help. I have experience/I am trained in treating people experiencing Long Term Health Conditions and also have significant expertise in treating Depression, Specific Phobias, Health Anxiety and PTSD.
0151 318 0787 View 0151 318 0787
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Holly Driver Dos Santos
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birkenhead CH41
I can treat panic, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, OCD, PTSD, depression and anxiety and low mood associated to low self esteem. I will always offer a psychological assessment as the first CBT session, so can advise at the end of the first session of a provisional diagnosis and whether CBT is likely to help. The therapy is goal- focused, evidence-based, and involves making changes with my support to overcome your difficulties. It can be extremely difficult to know what your goals are when highly anxious or depressed, so I can help you to work out what you are aiming to change. I can help you if aged 16 or above.
I can treat panic, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, OCD, PTSD, depression and anxiety and low mood associated to low self esteem. I will always offer a psychological assessment as the first CBT session, so can advise at the end of the first session of a provisional diagnosis and whether CBT is likely to help. The therapy is goal- focused, evidence-based, and involves making changes with my support to overcome your difficulties. It can be extremely difficult to know what your goals are when highly anxious or depressed, so I can help you to work out what you are aiming to change. I can help you if aged 16 or above.
0151 453 4586 View 0151 453 4586
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Dr Gemma Parry
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Liverpool L1  (Online Only)
I am here to help if you are looking to improve your life and the way you feel. This might be managing emotions, symptoms or difficulties – like stress, low mood, anxiety, OCD and trauma / PTSD, working through life challenges which are holding you back, improving relationships or feeling better about yourself. If you have been through a difficult or traumatic time and need validation, support and guidance feel free to get in touch. I offer therapy online and would be happy to meet with you for a free 20 minute video or phone call before committing, to help you to choose a therapist who feels right for you.
I am here to help if you are looking to improve your life and the way you feel. This might be managing emotions, symptoms or difficulties – like stress, low mood, anxiety, OCD and trauma / PTSD, working through life challenges which are holding you back, improving relationships or feeling better about yourself. If you have been through a difficult or traumatic time and need validation, support and guidance feel free to get in touch. I offer therapy online and would be happy to meet with you for a free 20 minute video or phone call before committing, to help you to choose a therapist who feels right for you.
01638 598220 View 01638 598220
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.