Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that, as the name implies, includes the presence of both obsessions and compulsions. People with OCD experience unwanted and repeated thoughts that they cannot control and that persist despite efforts to ignore them. These obsessive thoughts make those suffering from OCD feel driven to perform compulsive tasks or rituals in an attempt to prevent the thoughts or make them go away. When left untreated, OCD is often a disabling illness that deeply affects a person’s ability to live a normal life. No one knows what causes OCD, but it sometimes runs in families and often starts in childhood. Seeing a mental health professional is an important part of treatment for individuals who have OCD.
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I have a particular interest in working with individuals who struggle with chronic disorganization and suffer from anxiety and depression related to lifelong issues with clutter, hoarding, and experiences of loss. At one time I was a professional organizer, and spent quite a bit of time working with people in their homes to clear their clutter and work through the difficult process of letting go.
I specialize in treating OCD utilizing CBT along with Exposure and Response Prevention.
I am BTTI (Behavior Therapy Training Institute) certified to treat OCD. This includes a combination of using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, which is the gold standard treatment for OCD. ERP helps you to build tolerance to the feelings of anxiety and panic that can occur.
I help clients process how their obsessions and compulsions have worked for them and how they have been a hindrance. Obsessive thoughts are usually about meeting a need, so I help the client investigate the deeper need beneath their obsessive patterns and find more healthy ways to cope with life.
You may feel trapped by nagging and intrusive thoughts that you feel have no “off-button.” Or, you may feel compelled to engage in certain behaviors to a point where they impede on your quality of life. Have hope. Obsessive thinking and behaviors are very treatable. I help my clients understand their symptoms and unlock the door to an easier, more comfortable way of existing.
I sought additional training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the standard for treating OCD, traditional talk therapy doesn\'t work. Someone with OCD can understand their thoughts logically don\'t make sense but that doesn\'t stop the obsessions. ERP along CBT works!
I can work with people experiencing intrusive thoughts, OCD, Hoarding, Tricho or Dermatillomania, and Panic Disorder by facilitating Exposure and Response Prevention Treatment within the office and your environment. Read www.ocdonline.com/articles-phillipson for more information about OCD.
Methods of treatment used are evidence-based, supported by research, and by the American Psychological Association (APA). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention are the most scientifically supported methods of treating OCD, so are the main methods I use in working with clients.
OCD includes Illness Anxiety Disorder/HealthAnxiety/hypochondriasis, obsessions, compulsions, skin and hair picking, and some other types of more severe anxiety you might not know are in the OCD cluster. This is another area where I've done a lot of specialized training.
Do you experience unwanted thoughts, urges, or images? OCD can be debilitating. I specialize in helping individuals overcome this stubborn disorder. I utilize evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to help individuals overcome OCD.