It’s not about “snapping out of it;” you deserve the support to help you reclaim your life.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that affects millions of people across the world. While it’s common to have the occasional intrusive thoughts or perform a repetitive behavior here or there, individuals with OCD will have unwanted thoughts, sensations, and mental pictures (the obsessions) that then give rise to repetitive behaviors and/or thinking patterns (the compulsions). For example, your thoughts may fixate uncontrollably on a fear of harm befalling yourself or others, concerns about contamination, or a fear of making a mistake (for some, the thoughts may also conflict with their values, goals, or wishes, which can be even more complex and distressing). In an attempt to alleviate the significant discomfort and anxiety triggered by the obsession, you might then excessively hand wash, check, count, or repeat specific actions. Often, an intense fear of uncertainty is a large piece of why someone with OCD engages in rituals or repetitive behaviors, to gain a sense of control over their environment and thoughts.
Living with OCD can be incredibly challenging, and this cycle can impact a person’s relationships, professional life, family, sense of self, and activities that bring happiness and fulfillment. In our work together, we want to help you feel less alone in your obsessions, to uncover what may be at the root of them, how to challenge them effectively, and ultimately gradually reduce the need for compulsive behaviors. OCD can be very disorienting, so we may also incorporate mindfulness in our sessions, and if medication might be a helpful support to explore as well, we can also connect you with other prescribing clinicians to join us in our work together. Reaching out can feel intimidating and overwhelming, but healing is possible, and we would be honored to join you on your journey toward healing and feeling empowered.