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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Counseling

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CBT for OCD Treatment

Whether you are struggling with intrusive thoughts and images, engaging in compulsions and rituals that are taking over your life, or both, obsessive compulsive disorder – OCD – can bring up a lot of distress. The problem with these rituals is that they only relieve the anxiety for a very brief moment and then the anxiety returns and grows in intensity. 

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Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The more you engage in the rituals the worse the anxiety gets in the long run. Your rituals may then continue to increase, you may have to continue developing new strategies and rituals for managing your anxiety. The cycle grows and escalates, the more you use the rituals to cope with the anxiety the worse the anxiety gets.

What are the signs of OCD?

You may excessively engage in one or more of these behaviors:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The evidence-based choice of CBT for OCD treatment is exposure and response prevention, it is also important to understand the underlying root/function of the problem. Underneath the symptoms of OCD is an intense fear of uncertainty and the unknown, and an urgent yearning to create predictability, certainty, and safety.

Utilizing exposure and response prevention in our treatment may require us to do in vivo exposure. This means we may want to practice exposure together outside of the office setting by utilizing therapist-assisted exposureIn this form of exposure treatment, your OCD therapist will go with you to the feared location or situation and provide you with the coaching you need in the moment. This will help you learn the tools to cope more effectively with your anxiety. This may include driving on a bridge together, from going to a crowded shopping mall, or visiting a dog park together. Practicing exposure in the real world is the most effective and efficient way to overcome OCD.

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