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. Pure obsessional OCD, also known as "pure O" is a type of OCD where people have disturbing intrusive thoughts, but there are no apparent behavioral compulsions. However, when we look carefully, we find a range of metal compulsions and avoidance. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the evidence based treatment for OCD, is effective for behavioral and mental compulsions, as well as for avoidance behaviors. Other adjunctive treatments for OCD, 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. Some people don’t necessarily meet criteria for an anxiety disorder but may have a propensity to worry, lack the support they need to face challenges, or have difficulties problem solving under stressful circumstances, and therefore my also experience considerable anxiety and may benefit from therapy.
Besides specializing in OCD and anxiety, I am also an experienced and integrative therapist, and 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 in learning more about treatment, feel free to call me for a 15 min free consultation.