Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
The first step in managing OCD is understanding the symptoms.
What is OCD?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and responding behaviors (compulsions) that one feels the urge to repeat over and over again. Compulsions can be physical (ex. hand washing) or mental (ex. rumination). OCD can impact one’s quality of life significantly. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the first choice treatment for OCD.
Many people realize that they likely have OCD, either through googling their symptoms on the internet or through a therapist who discovers OCD symptoms while being treated for a different concern. Misrepresentations of OCD prevail throughout society and it can bring up mixed emotions to find out that what you experience is a treatable, manageable disorder experienced by millions of other people.
Inaccurate messages and portrayals in society spread the misconception that OCD is about being excessively clean or organized. These falsities lead to a great deal of problems, including people with OCD feeling misunderstood and stigmatized. Many people with OCD are hesitant to reach out for therapy in fear that their therapist won’t understand the intrusive thoughts that they are having. There are many themes of OCD, many of which include “taboo” topics (sexual, violent, etc.). As a therapist who specializes in OCD, I understand that these thoughts are OCD driven and it is a safe space to discuss really challenging thoughts & feelings.
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Despite the fact that OCD can show up in multiple ways (different themes/ subtypes), it’s really important to understand that treatment is the same for all themes. I utilize a combination of ERP (gold standard treatment for OCD) with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness. This combination is incredibly effective in minimizing symptoms and allowing people with OCD to live a life of peace and acceptance.
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