OCD Counselling Wolverhampton
Psychological Therapy for OCD & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Problems
People normally hear or read about obsessive behaviours and disorders being linked with OCD, which is a diagnosis widely used within the mental health profession.
However we have found it more helpful to separate Compulsive Behaviours from Obsessive Behaviours as the way they affect people’s lives and the way in which they are experienced is very different.
In general terms a Compulsive Behaviour is one that is undertaken, often with little thought, on impulse or with a sense of having been ‘driven’ to it, and “instant relief” is felt, however, more frequently than not, this feeling of satisfaction is almost always associated with a sense of Guilt or Shame.
However, with OCD this sense of “relief”, the “instant gratification” is often never achieved which leads the sufferer to even greater confusion and conflict.
Frequently, when a particular “routine” or “obsessive thought” fails to provide any kind of relief, the sufferer will conclude that they must carry our longer or more complex repetitions in order to achieve relief.
These “ever-growing” cycles of behaviour or thinking can become “paralysing” and without the appropriate help can lead to an almost complete inability to “function normally”.
Obsessions that can be helped
OCD thoughts and behaviours can range from simple everyday behaviours such as tidiness (e.g. placing all food tins in the cupboard with the label facing outwards) to counting numbers or doing sums in their head to the point that they can think of nothing else.
With all OCD problems, it is the degree to which the issue is preoccupying your time and/or limiting your life that is important.
For example, someone who worries about dirt or contamination may simply wash their hands carefully, maybe try and avoid using public toilets, or perhaps ensure they do not touch doors or handles in public toilets even if this means waiting a long time for someone else to open the door so they can nip through ‘untouched’.
However, place this same person under stress and they may begin to wash their hands obsessively and for some people this may become ritualistic to the point that their hands are never clean enough to leave their house.
Symptoms of OCD
Below is a list of symptoms that are typically associated with OCD, although the obsessive thinker is capable of “creating” a wide range of complex and variable symptoms:
- Being overly jealous or possessive over a partner
- Eating Disorders (e.g. avoiding certain foods, anorexia)
- Constant worry about something
- Sleeping problems (e.g. insomnia)
- Excessive exercise
- Continual negative thoughts
- Intrusive thoughts
- Constant counting
- Excessive tidiness
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome OCD
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome OCD and realted thinking problems then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
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FREE Initial Consultations for OCD
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your OCD. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.