OCD

CBT has been shown to be the most effective treatment in successfully tackling Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).


The principal aim of this CBT for OCD is to enable the individual to become their own therapist and to provide them with the knowledge and tools to continue working towards complete recovery from OCD.


Research has shown that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy significantly helps 75% of people with OCD and CBT is the treatment of choice for tackling OCD by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).


In many cases, CBT alone is highly effective in treating OCD, but for some people a combination of CBT and medication is also effective.  Medication may reduce the anxiety enough for a person to start, and eventually succeed, in therapy.


In CBT we look at how our thinking and behavior affects how we feel. Someone with OCD may have a disturbing or distressing thought and become overly concerned that this thought might become a reality. In fact we all have thoughts from time to time that are unusual or distressing. With OCD we need to work on the meaning that is attached to thoughts. We reinforce the message that it is just a thought and not a fact. We then discuss strategies that can help you to learn to let these distressing thoughts go without engaging with them.


Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is used as part of the CBT approach and involves gradually exposing oneself to uncomfortable situations while resisting the urge to engage in compulsions. The individual the gradually learns develop alternative ways to respond to the obsessional thoughts or doubts.