OCD Therapy at the Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre
Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre
Alexander House, Mindenhall Court
Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council
Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre
We have been providing therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder, (OCD) in Hertfordshire since 1997.
We don't just talk about OCD...We help people do something about it
Tel: 07584 492254
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Therapy for OCD
Paul Allenby dyp.hyp, dyp.cbt
What is OCD? OCD is a set of symptoms that, as you know, are called obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
These include thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are extremely unpleasant, unproductive, and difficult to get rid of on your own. Usually, these involve thoughts, images, or impulses that come to mind against your will. These thoughts are accompanied by unwanted feelings of extreme distress/ anxiety (also guilt, shame, or disgust) and strong urges to do something to reduce the distress.
One way in which people try to reduce their anxiety is by avoiding situations, objects, and thoughts that evoke this anxiety. However, with people who suffer from OCD, avoidance or escape from the things that evoke their anxiety does not work well and they develop a habit of doing things that help reduce their distress, even if for a short time.
As is the case with all people with OCD, your attempts to avoid the situations or thoughts that cause you the distress do not work well and, therefore, you developed habits of doing certain actions or thinking special thoughts to try to reduce your distress. We call these habits, rituals, or compulsions.
Unfortunately, performing these rituals also does not work all that well, and the distress decreases for only a short time before coming back again. Often, you find yourself doing more and more rituals to reduce your distress, but even then, the rituals reduce the distress only temporarily. Eventually you are putting so much time and energy into the rituals, which do not work well anyway, that other areas of your life get seriously disrupted.
The psychological treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, OCD, that has received the most scientific evidence in the treatment of OCD and the therapy provided in the clinic, is a specialist cognitive behavioural therapy treatment which is called Exposure and Response (or Ritual) Prevention.
Exposure therapy for OCD helps the sufferer to learn how to expose themselves to varying aspects of their OCD without carrying out the urges.
This helps to retrain the OCD mind that although the obsessions and urges to follow through with the compulsions are there, you can learn to limit the responses and reduce the anxiety assocted with this.
Contact us if you wish to discuss how our treatment and therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder can have a positive impact on your life.
If you suffer with a fear or phobia we CAN help
Paul Allenby has been providing effective therapy since 1997 and has gained a wealth of experience in helping people in this area.
The combination of cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and exposure therapy can make a real difference to how you cope.
Check over the pages on this website to see how our private therapy sessions can help you take back control.