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Obsessive Thinking & OCD Therapy

Struggling with obsessive thoughts? We’re here to help.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, commonly referred to as OCD, is a mental health condition marked by intrusive thoughts, images, or urges known as obsessions. These obsessions often generate significant distress and anxiety. As a coping mechanism, individuals may develop repetitive behaviors or mental actions termed compulsions. The aim of these compulsions is to counteract or alleviate the distress stemming from the obsessions.

Prevalence of OCD

In the United States, it’s estimated that slightly over 1% of adults currently deal with OCD, with a little over 2% experiencing it at some point in their lives. Among children and adolescents, prevalence rates are a bit varied, with estimates between .25% and 4%. This data emphasizes the essential need for effective therapeutic interventions and societal awareness.

Symptoms of OCD

  • Intrusive Thoughts: Unwanted, recurring thoughts or images causing distress.
  • Compulsive Behaviors: Repetitive actions or rituals aimed at mitigating the anxiety from obsessions.
  • Mental Acts**: Such as counting or praying, performed in response to obsessions.
  • Impact on Daily Life: The obsessions and compulsions can interfere with daily activities, even when the individual recognizes their irrational nature.
  • Sense of Shame: It’s not unusual for individuals with OCD to feel embarrassed or ashamed of their symptoms.

Our Approach to OCD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is highly effective to help those with OCD. Success is due in large part to a strong emphasis on a specialized CBT technique: Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

  • ERP: A cornerstone in treating OCD, ERP helps individuals face and endure their obsessive thoughts without resorting to compulsive behaviors for relief. Over time, this leads to a reduction in the intensity and frequency of obsessions and the urge to perform compulsions.
  • Understanding & Compassion: We recognize the profound distress OCD can cause and approach treatment with sensitivity and empathy.
  • Skill Building: Apart from ERP, our therapeutic process also includes tools and strategies to manage anxiety and build resilience.

Our ultimate goal is to equip those battling OCD with the skills, understanding, and support needed to reclaim control over their thoughts and actions.

Who We Are

Our team of therapists is specialized and experienced in navigating the complexities of OCD. Discover more about our expertise.