Counseling Services

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) consists of intrusive obsessions that generates severe anxiety, followed by excessive compulsions, with hopes to alleviate the anxiety.

Unfortunately, those effected by OCD may quickly learn that the relief from the compulsion, is only temporary and actually fuels the symptoms. If left untreated, OCD not only disrupts daily functioning but can also impact an individual’s overall quality of life.

OCD is a paralyzing illness of the brain and behavior. Many assume OCD only effects the “overly organized,” but the reality is that OCD comes in far more distressing “flavors.” Some of the most common types of obsessions can include:

  • Contamination and checking
  • Harm to yourself or someone else
  • Scrupulosity or moral obsessions
  • Symmetry obsessions

Those who struggle with OCD often feel shame about the obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors and struggle many years before seeking help. We work to create a safe, non-judgmental space so that clients feel understood and respected.

The complexity of OCD requires an individualized and sometimes creative treatment approach. Keeping this in mind, we incorporate techniques that educate the client and (with permission) the client’s support system about the anxious brain. We work collaboratively with our clients to develop goals and carefully determine the safest way to start treatment. We use a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention while shaping client’s confidence that they can tolerate the distress.


To learn more about OCD and OCD related disorders, check out the International OCD Foundation.