As many as 80% of us have minor compulsions which don’t affect our everyday life in any major way. But someone with obsessive compulsive disorder — perhaps two to three per cent of us — can feel forced to perform certain actions in the same way, maybe many times, usually every day. Not doing so can cause great anxiety and preoccupation.
Mindfulness-based therapies encourage people to replace the distress and avoidance associated with obsessions with a non-judgemental awareness and acceptance of their inner mental state. This is proving effective even in those who have been not been helped by other treatments.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterised by worries that something terrible will happen (obsessions) and a series of disruptive behaviours (compulsions) carried out, often ritualistically, to try to alleviate these anxieties. What causes it, and how can it be helped?MORE
Professor Paul Salkovskis, a clinical psychologist and director of the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, discusses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. And Karen reveals how this form of therapy helped her overcome OCD.MORE
Cutural and religious rituals and many of the behaviours of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) show striking similarities: washing, checking, repetition... is OCD a manifestation of a deep human need that has spun out of control?MORE
CBT has been consistently shown to aid recovery from OCD in over three quarters of people who undertake it by encouraging them to change the way they think through 'cognitive restructuring', and use this to change the way they behave through 'cognitive management'.MORE
Leah is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She has worked within the NHS for a number of years including in a world leading hospital and has a particular specialism in working with young people, people with Autism and ADHD, and people with rare conditions. Leah also has completed and published several research projects.
Parneet completed her doctoral training at the University of Manchester. She has over a decade long experience of working therapeutically with mental health difficulties with individuals across the full age range, including their families, and has a special interest in working with trauma and attachment difficulties.MORE
Anna is a counselling psychologist who completed her clinical training in 2011 at the University of Surrey. Anna has gained extensive experience working in the NHS and she has particular expertise in woman’s health.MORE
Nimisha completed her doctoral training at City University London. She is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist who alongside her private practice works at an outpatient eating disorders service at South London and Maudsley hospital. She has a particular interest in eating disorders.
Aisling is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who specialises in treating anxiety, depression and trauma. She completed her Doctoral Degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked in the NHS for a number of years across different clinical specialties including sexual dysfunction, survivors of abuse and personality disorder.MORE
Sara is a consultant clinical psychologist who completed her clinical training in 1995 at the University of Western Cape in South Africa before building a successful private practice in Cape Town. Since coming to London, Sara has gained extensive experience working in the NHS and she has particular expertise in substance misuse and secure services.MORE
Steve completed his doctoral training at the University of East London. He is a chartered psychologist with wide NHS experience working across mental and physical health services. He has particular expertise in providing support for people who present with anxiety disorders, depression, relationship difficulties, chronic fatigue and trauma.
Gill qualified as a psychologist in South Africa and underwent further training in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute. Since chartership in 2001, she has held senior positions in the public, private and charity sectors. Gill works across all presentations of depressive and anxiety conditions, and has particular expertise in eating disorders and sports’ psychology.MORE
Una is an Australian psychologist who studied at University of Sydney and qualified with the Psychology Board of Australia before moving to London in 2010. She has worked with government and community organisations, as well as in private practice, in both Australia and the UK.MORE
Erin completed her professional doctorate at City University London, later to be invited back as a lecturer and supervisor on the same course. Now concentrating on private practice, Erin has considerable experience in the public sector, as an NHS psychologist and within a number of national charities.MORE
Alongside his private work, David has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, with various groups including families and older adults. As a researcher he has published in numerous academic journals. He is a chartered psychologist who completed his doctorate at the Institute of Psychiatry.MORE
Alongside her private work, Hayley manages The House Partnership. She also has considerable experience as a psychologist in two NHS trusts. Together with her work in general adult mental health, she has a particular specialism in eating disorders.MORE
Lou is a chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society who trained and worked in the US before moving to London in 2009. He was appointed Adjunct Professor at City University, New York, and has continued teaching in the UK as a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.
Silvia completed her training at the Institute of Psychiatry and City University. She is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who alongside her private practice work, has extensive experience of working in private and public settings including NHS primary care, IAPT, Eating Disorders and specialist Trauma Services. Her particular expertise and specialism is in treating Trauma/PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, stress, work and relationships issues.MORE
Simon completed his doctoral research at Regent's College in London where he currently lectures. He has worked in adult mental health within the NHS and a number of community organisations. He has particular expertise with social anxiety, and panic.MORE