Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterised by the presence of recurring and intrusive thoughts, images and/or impulses (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours and mental rituals (compulsions). People with OCD can feel shame and embarrassment for their actions/thoughts, and also frustration, and anxiety. People who experience OCD often feel distressed as the associated thoughts and behviours impair their function in daily life. Obsessive compulsive disorder affects approximately 2-3% of Australians or around 500,000 people (Better Health Channel, 2013).
What is Counselling for OCD @ Sex Life Therapy?
Counselling and therapy for OCD draws on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and solution-focused therapy. Cognitive-behavioural therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for OCD. Therapy for OCD includes working with the individual to manage the obsessions and compulsions present in their lives and to reduce, or even eliminate the symptoms of OCD.
Counselling is not the only option for treatment. Medications, support-group, and online programs are also effective in treating OCD. A combination of these is possible. Talk to your GP, or psychiatrist about medications to assist during the therapy process. As part of your therapy you will explore options of support groups and online programs as an addition to your therapy.
Therapy for OCD involves development of skills in thought monitoring, evaluating maladaptive beliefs and appraisals, as well as development and practice of more productive appraisals. You will also trial new behaviours and thoughts as a way of moving forward. You will also learn tools to identify and manage obsessions and compulsions triggered by situations, thoughts, events, or images.
At Sex Life Therapy, OCD therapy is tailored to each individual and takes into consideration the goals you wish to achieve.
Issues for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Counselling
- Excessive Washing
- Compulsive Habits
- Intrusive thoughts
- Mental Rituals
What Benefits or Outcomes can I expect from OCD Therapy?
Through counselling and therapy for OCD you can expect some of the following outcomes:
- Understand the obsessions and compulsions you experience;
- Identify triggers to your engagement in obsessions and compulsions;
- Develop new skills to challenge maladaptive thoughts and appraisals; and
- Create a personal toolbox to assist you to move forward.
Therapy for OCD in Melbourne
Sex Life Therapy has clinics in East Melbourne and Frankston. If you would like to book an appointment, contact the team at Sex Life Therapy on (03) 9005 5213
Further Reading for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)