Therapy for OCD
Many people associate OCD with keeping things in perfect order or clean. Though OCD can be this, OCD can appear in many different ways.
OCD is often described as "the doubting disorder" because it causes us to question our own judgment, intentions, and memory. The doubt is disturbing because it constantly reminds us of uncertainty, and keeps us focused on the possibility of something awful happening.
OCD is often centered around a "core fear." OCD urges us to take action to make sure this core fear doesn't actually happen. We can spend a significant amount of time engaging in repetitive actions, rituals, or mental activities in an attempt to obtain certainty, resolve doubt, and ultimately protect ourselves from the "core fear."
Common OCD Themes:
- Fear of choosing the wrong partner
- Responsibility and Harm
- Fear of accidentally doing something or forgetting something that causes harm to someone (for example, becoming violent, forgetting to turn off the stove, getting others sick)
- Fear of losing control and harming someone else intentionally.
- Fear of being or becoming suicidal
- Fear of germs, dirt, or contamination
- Religious or Moral Obsessions
- Fear of committing a sin, acting against one's morals or religious beliefs, and fear of being a bad person.
- Sexual Orientation
- Doubting your sexual orientation and fear of living a lie.
Take back control from OCD:
I provide confidential and practical therapy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Many clients suffering from OCD find these treatments to be helpful in regaining control over OCD.
I help alleviate OCD by assisting clients:
- Uncover and change behaviors and mental habits that keep us hooked in the vicious cycle of OCD.
- Discover new ways to respond to OCD and start building new helpful thought patterns.
- Build confidence in themselves and their ability to handle intrusive thoughts.
by Brian O'Sullivan, LMFT
Anxiety vs Suffering
Therapy for Social Anxiety
Do you fear being criticized or judged by others?
Do feel anxious when being observed?
Do you find yourself constantly focused on and imagining what others are thinking about you?
Social anxiety has a few important characteristics:
- "I'm socially inept"
- "I'm so awkward"
- "There's something wrong with me"
- Overestimating social threats:
- "They will all be focused on me and negatively judging me"
- "I'll be laughed at"
- "They'll think something is wrong with me or that I'm crazy"
- Underestimating ability to cope:
- "I won't be able to handle it"
- "I don't know what to do"
- "I'll lose control and go crazy"
- Underestimating social skills:
- "I don't know how to break into group conversations"
- "I'm not sure how long to hold eye contact"
- "I don't know how to stand up for myself"
- Avoidance and safety behaviors:
- "I'll just rush through the conversation and get it over with as soon as possible"
- "I'll just say something came up and stay home and watch movies instead"
- "I'll only go if John goes. He'll take the attention off of me"
Take back control from anxiety:
I provide confidential and practical therapy using CBT. Many clients suffering from anxiety notice a considerable difference in just a few sessions.
I help alleviate anxiety by assisting clients:
- Uncover and change behaviors that keep us hooked in the vicious cycle of anxiety.
- Discover new ways to respond to anxiety provoking thoughts and start building new helpful thought patterns.
- Build confidence in themselves, their social skills, and their ability to handle uncomfortable and challenging social interactions.
by Brian O'Sullivan, LMFT