CBT for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD

Helping to reduce the anxiety associated with OCD

CBT for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Mind Connections Therapy Practice offers CBT sessions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which focuses on the upsetting thoughts. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques help to teach you effective ways of responding to obsessive thoughts, so that the compulsive behaviour is changed.

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder where unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviours seem to take over. If you have OCD, you probably realise that your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours are irrational, but do not always know how to deal with them.

Obsessions seemingly uncontrollable thoughts, images, or impulses that repeat over and over in your mind.   It seems like you can’t stop them and usually these obsessive thoughts are disturbing and distracting.

Compulsions are behaviours or rituals that you have to act out again and again.  For example, you might develop cleaning or checking rituals. The trouble is that the compulsive behaviours often end up causing anxiety themselves as they become more demanding and time-consuming.

Most people with obsessive-compulsive disorder fall into one of the following categories:

Washers are afraid of contamination. They usually have cleaning or hand-washing compulsions.

Checkers repeatedly check things (oven turned off, door locked, etc.) that they associate with harm or danger.

Doubters and sinners are afraid that if everything isn’t perfect or done just right something terrible will happen or they will be punished.

Counters and arrangers are obsessed with order and symmetry. They may have superstitions about certain numbers, colours, or arrangements.

Hoarders fear that something bad will happen if they throw anything away. They compulsively hoard things that they don’t need or use.

Even if you have obsessive thoughts or perform compulsive behaviours it does NOT mean that you have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many people have mild obsessions or compulsions, but they’re still able to lead their lives without much disruption. However, with obsessive-compulsive disorder, these thoughts and behaviours create issues, take up a lot of time, and interfere with your daily routine, job, or relationships. Most people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have both obsessions and compulsions, but some people experience just one or the other.

Common obsessive thoughts in OCD include:

Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others

Fear of causing harm to yourself or others

Intrusive sexually explicit or violent thoughts and images

Excessive focus on religious or moral ideas

Fear of losing or not having things you might need

Order and symmetry: the idea that everything must line up “just right.”

Superstitions; excessive attention to something considered lucky or unlucky

Common compulsive behaviours in OCD include:

Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches.

Repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they’re safe.

Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety.

Spending a lot of time washing or cleaning.

Ordering, evening out, or arranging things “just so.”

Praying excessively or engaging in rituals triggered by religious fear.

Accumulating “junk” such as old newspapers, magazines, and empty food containers, or other things you don’t have a use for.

How to book a CBT Session for OCD:

To book a CBT session for to help with your Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or to gain further information on how our CBT techniques can help you, please call Patricia on 01732 846374 or email patricia@mindconnections.co.uk

The initial session is £75.00 for consultation and thereafter each session is £65.00.

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