All of us have thoughts that are maybe a little weird or unusual. But these OCD thoughts or images are particularly sticky and keep on popping up even though we don’t want them to. We might try suppressing them or pushing them away, but to no success. These obsessions could be about contamination, just rightness, religion or morality, or violence or sexual things.
Tied to the obsessions or to rules, these are about doing things mentally/internally or physically to relieve the anxiety, distress, or disgust or to prevent something bad from happening. Examples could be repeatedly washing your hands, ordering, checking, praying, counting, or repeating words to yourself. But these compulsions or rituals don’t actually help or work in the long run, as you well know.
These obsessions or compulsions are taking A LOT of your time, causing you a lot of stress, or really getting in the way of you and your life.
How’s OCD working for you? Have you suffered enough yet? Do you feel like you’re going crazy? Maybe you’ve never told anyone what’s really been going on inside your brain/mind. Do you want to try a different way that’s shown effective?
This effective treatment is EXRP or ERP, which stands for EXposure and Response or Ritual Prevention. It’s simple and challenging at the same time. Exposures are challenges we create together to help with the OCD. Treatment generally works if people are willing to do the homework outside of our sessions, are willing to do the challenges/exposures, and are willing to resist the rituals/responses. You might be surprised that you can handle more than you think you can; I’ll coach and support you along the way. I got you!
Together let’s kick OCD’s okole or butt. The goal is not to “cure” OCD (great if we do), but to manage it so you can live your life the way you want to. OCD can be a chronic condition just like diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure. My goal is to work myself out of a job, giving you the tools to become your own therapist so you can continue to apply the tools after we pause or finish treatment.
Imagine what your life would be like if you get hours of each day of your life back… If you get better quality of life... If you spend less time, energy, and space focused on OCD. Who are you without the OCD taking over your life?
Let go and let's go
If you're ready to start treatment for your OCD: