What is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people are caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Not carrying out the obsessive ritual, or even thinking about not doing it causes the person a great amount of anxiety. 

People experiencing OCD are silently living in distress.

You may be experiencing intrusive thoughts but are unsure if you have OCD because you are not engaging in observable rituals such as checking doors and locks. This is a form of OCD often referred to as “Pure O”. The truth is, Pure O is OCD and I can show you how to break the patterns and get it under control.

It is not uncommon for people with OCD have another co-occurring disorder. People with OCD may also experience depression, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), eating disorders, hair pulling, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) Codependency and features of perfectionism. Sometimes a client will seek me out to help with a completely separate issue before we uncover how OCD is contributing to the problem. Personally,

I primarily work with individuals that are dealing with OCD and Anxiety disorders as well as people that just need help sorting out their thoughts and feelings so that they can get on with their lives. I know that actively working through your issues can conjure up some really powerful resistance to change. I’d like to help you get through that so you can move forward and feel a sense of empowerment and control in your life.

It's time to give me a call.

Because it takes several years for someone to be diagnosed or to seek help for OCD, you my have gotten really good at hiding your rituals from others or it has only recently started to affect your life or relationships.

How is OCD treated?

While there is no “cure” for OCD, it can be treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), both of which I use in my practice to get real results.

 CBT can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.

ERP exposes you to your fear, through an in vivo experience or a gradual, controlled exposure. ERP isn’t always comfortable, but a large part of OCD is feeling stuck in a feedback loop of fear, ERP helps you learn how to break that cycle.


How to take the next step

Call me at 562-317-7807 or email me any time at alyseLMFT@gmail.com

to set up a free 15 minute phone consultation to find out if I’m a good fit for you

I return phone calls within 24 hours during the week and will answer emails as soon as possible.

To learn more about OCD or to get help near you
check out the International OCD Foundation at https://iocdf.org/