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OCD Therapy

At Reframe Psychology, the challenges that come with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and the impact it can have on your daily life, are well understood. Dr Oona’s therapeutic approach is designed to provide you with the support, guidance, and tools you need to manage your symptoms and regain control.

What is OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterised by intrusive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours or rituals (compulsions) performed in an attempt to alleviate distress or prevent a feared outcome. Compulsions can be psychological rather than behavioural too (this is called sometimes referred as Pure O in the literature). These thoughts and behaviours can significantly interfere with one’s ability to function in daily life. OCD is often linked with past experiences of adversity or trauma.

Therapeutic Approach

To tackle OCD a personalised approach is necessary, tailoring treatment plans to meet your unique needs and goals. Dr Oona utilises evidence-based techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), to help you challenge negative thought patterns, gradually face your fears, and develop healthier coping strategies. The link between trauma or adversity and OCD is explored to make sense of OCD in the wider context of one’s life. Dr Oona is trained in trauma-focussed approaches (such as EMDR and Narrative Exposure Therapy), which may be used to process previous trauma as part of the therapeutic work.

What to Expect

During your therapy sessions, after an extended assessment, you'll work collaboratively with Dr Oona to:

Identify Triggers: We'll explore the specific thoughts, situations, or triggers that contribute to your OCD symptoms. This will include exploring both present and previous events that are linked to the development of your difficulties.

Challenge Beliefs: Together, we'll challenge the irrational beliefs and fears that drive your compulsive behaviours.

Practice Exposure: Through gradual exposure to feared situations or thoughts, you'll learn to tolerate discomfort and reduce the urge to engage in compulsions.

Develop Coping Skills: You'll learn practical coping skills and relaxation techniques to manage anxiety and stress more effectively.

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Benefits of Therapy

OCD therapy can offer numerous benefits, including:


Reduced Anxiety: By learning to confront your fears and tolerate uncertainty, you'll experience a reduction in anxiety symptoms.

Improved Functioning: As you gain control over your OCD symptoms, you'll find it easier to engage in daily activities and pursue your values and goals.

Enhanced Quality of Life: Therapy can help you identify your goals and values. This may allow you to regain a sense of independence, allowing you to live life to the fullest.

Get in touch to book your first session...

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