Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a very common, persistent condition. It is marked by "obsessive" thoughts (which make you feel anxious) and "compulsive" behaviours (which you engage in to reduce this anxiety).
Anxiety-provoking thoughts can occupy the mind; they will not go away even if you try not to think about them, so they invade your day without having any benefits. The more you push those thoughts away, the more powerful they become!
We have seen many examples of OCD, including fear of contamination by germs, fear that loved ones will be harmed by your thoughts, or your negligence. You may see sexually driven images, perhaps pictures in your mind of violent or sexual abuse which are completely at odds with your values. It is important for your therapist and for you to know that you are not planning to act on those images. Rituals can include repeated hand washing, constant checking and re-checking, or repeatedly asking for reassurance from others. OCD is disabling, causing depression and damaging personal and professional relationships. We have helped many clients to reduce anxiety and get their lives back on track, free of OCD and repairing their domestic life, study, work and relationships.
Our therapists have been trained to a high standard to work with all kinds of OCD. We are non-judgemental and sympathetic, but at the same time, we will teach you to use the skills that you will need to manage your OCD more effectively. We will help you to
change the way you think, feel and behave.