Therapy – OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
What is OCD?
Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a serious anxiety-related condition where a person experiences frequent intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions, impulses or urges. Fortunately, OCD can be highly treatable, and getting effective evidence-based treatment is essential.
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The illness affects as many as 12 in every 1000 people (1.2% of the population) from young children to adults, regardless of gender or social or cultural background. In fact, it can be so debilitating and disabling that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has actually ranked OCD in the top ten of the most disabling illnesses of any kind, in terms of lost earnings and diminished quality of life.
OCD can take on a range of expressions including hand washing and checking behaviours. Sufferers may experience obsessions, which can include persistent uncontrollable thoughts, images, impulses, worries or fears. These intrusions are often disturbing to the sufferer, causing them (compulsion) to carry out behaviours in an attempt to rid themselves of these unpleasant experiences, as well as to prevent perceived harm happening to themselves or loved ones.
There are four main categories of OCD:
- Contamination / Mental Contamination
- Ruminations / Intrusive Thoughts
How can I help?
I am a fully qualified and experienced HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist. I have successfully treated a number of clients both privately and with my NHS work. I find that CBT and Mindfulness are effective in stabilising difficulties, after which I will use more deep rooted psychological techniques to get to the core of the difficulty. The intention is to effect real, lasting and noticeable change in you. My approach is collaborative and my goal is to empower you to reclaim your life. Simple!
Reclaim your life, get the help you need
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