THERAPY FOR OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) AND ANXIETY
Obsessive-compulsive disorder used to be classified as an Anxiety disorder, but more recently, OCD has been separated into its own category. However, the treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders shares many common aspects.
OCD has been named the doubting disorder. The presentation of OCD can be variable, can change over time, and can attack the things that are most valuable to you. Common types of obsessions include fear of harming self or others, sexual obsessions, contamination, symmetry/ordering and ‘just right’ feelings, superstitious or magical thinking, and religious or scrupulosity. The evidence based treatment for OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Other adjunctive treatments such as mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy may be added as needed, but ERP remains the most active agent of change for OCD.
Anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social phobia and specific phobias, all share common aspects of treatment that include cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
People that have a propensity to worry, lack the support they need to face challenges, or need assistance problem solving under stressful circumstances, can also experience considerable anxiety and may benefit from therapy.
As an experienced and integrative therapist, I can help you deal with other issues that are related or contributing to these problems. I focus on treating the whole person, rather than just their symptoms.
If you believe you may have any of these issues and are interested to learn more about treatment, feel free to call me for a 15 min free consultation.