RECOVERY FROM OCD
Recovery sessions take place over Zoom.
You’ll work with me directly one on one across a therapeutic hour.
We establish your OCD triggers, gently challenging them with exposure to build up your tolerance to anxiety, develop mindfulness skills and build a wealth of knowledge so you can successfully rewire your responses to OCD. I will hold your hand throughout the entire process.
We also expand beyond working on the conscious mind to help get to the root of unresolved negative self talk, internalized shame and limiting core beliefs using CBT & hypnotherapy.
It’s this unique dual facing approach that allows clients to build a strong inner ally and let go of negative self beliefs in order to fully engage in recovery.
WHAT IS OCD?
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where a person experiences obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour.
Obsessive thoughts, feelings and urges can be distressing and significantly interfere with an individual’s life.
Compulsions are rituals/behaviours and/or mental acts performed to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought.
The OCD cycle can be broken down into three components. The trigger, the feared story and the feeling. Everything that you think, feel, or experience is neutral until you add meaning to it. This addition of meaning happens on a subconscious level to generate the feared story (what OCD tells us is going on).
It is this feared story, viewed through cognitive distortion, which leads a sufferer to experience emotions and sensations they feel are intolerable and require action to remove. This aversion to difficult feelings is at the core of the OCD cycle.
The more we fear and run away from our OCD thoughts or give into them through compulsions, the more they are re-enforced, strengthened and emotionally charged.
Breaking this cycle through exposure and response work is crucial to OCD recovery.
If you’ve been researching recovery from OCD for a while you may have learnt that it stems from a “chemical imbalance” in the brain.
This is true.
But have you ever wondered why there’s a chemical imbalance in our brains?
The UK National Health Service website suggests “OCD may be more common in people who have been bullied, abused or neglected.”
Stanley Rachman psychologist and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia also believes:
“People are far more likely to experience OCD when they are exposed to stressful situations and that compulsions are more likely to occur when a person believes they have a responsibility to prevent unwanted events” – Professor Stanley Rachman
It turns out OCD has a lot in common with PTSD.
While studies vary, it’s generally agreed between 50 – 70% of adults have experienced some type of traumatic event in their lives.
Not all trauma is necessarily obvious, it can be found within experiences such as hurtful comments and feelings of abandonment.
The process of identifying trauma isn’t about blaming anyone.
It’s about identifying subconscious rules made in the past to keep ourselves safe and rewriting them so we can avoid attacking ourselves in the present.
I’m here to take you by the hand and teach you the tools to learn how to re-write these beliefs so you can feel more peaceful and in control of your life.
Right now you may be feeling lost.
Maybe you’ve already tried counsellors, books, YouTube videos, online courses and you’re still suffering, so you think, why bother?
I get it. I felt the same.
But when I engaged with ERP alongside working on my negative relationship with myself everything changed.
Now, my life is peaceful, fulfilling and I feel excited to be alive!
Nothing brings me more joy than being able to do the same for others.
Some people prefer certified therapists; others want their recovery guided by a former sufferer who gets them.
With me, you get the advantages of both. I know how OCD works having recovered and I’m a fully certified CBT practitioner, an accredited ACT practitioner & an accredited hypnotherapist.
The best choice you can make is to invest in your well-being. Once I had that in place, the rest of my life came together.
The changes I see in people who go through the program inspire me to keep doing this every day.
Checking in with old clients and seeing them pursuing their creative dreams, having deep and lasting relationships, living in the moment or seeing them feel so light and free from previous limitations is truly incredible.
I’d like the same for you!
If you’re feeling empowered to start your healing right away, then you can book in a free 15 minute recovery consultation with me via the button below.
You should book an OCD recovery session if…
- You want your recovery guided by an OCD recovery expert who recovered from severe treament resistant OCD.
- You want your recovery guided by a certified CBT practitioner.
- You feel insecure in your relationships with loved ones.
- You experience guilt surrounding the idea of hurting people.
- You can’t switch your thoughts off.
- You have any form of OCD be it harm, hocd, rocd, religious OCD etc.
- You struggle with resisting compulsions.
- You feel socially isolated.
- You question if you even have OCD.
- You struggle to have successful relationships.
- You don’t feel like you deserve happiness.
- You avoid partaking in activities for fear of not being perfect.
- You stay away from situations to reduce the likelihood of intrusive thoughts targeting real events.
- You avoid specific places and groups of people to minimize intrusive thoughts and anxiety responses.
- You are ready to tackle your OCD once and for all.
OCD recovery sessions are not for people who…
- Are satisfied with their current state of OCD.
- Aren’t looking to consistently commit the necessary time and resources into their healing.
- Have an existing therapist or coach who are delivering them the exact transformative results they desire.
- Are looking for reassurance. (It might feel good in the short-term, but this makes OCD worse).
- Don’t wish to work on their self relationship alongside their OCD.
- Aren’t willing to work through uncomfortable feelings in order to heal.