OCD is where the sufferer has intrusive, unwanted and reoccurring thoughts about situations which makes them feel anxious. These thoughts (the obsessions) compel the suffer to do specific mental or physical rituals (the compulsions) in order to fight off the thoughts  and to reduce the anxiety.

OCD has been ranked as the fourth most common mental illness in the UK. Many people suffer in silence for a long period of time as they may feel embarrassed to tell anyone about their obsessions and compulsions. Others may feel that no one will understand them and that they are abnormal. Understanding that it is a common issue that affects a large number of girls, boys, men and women often helps to reassure the sufferer that they are not alone.

Examples of obsessions


  • Fear of someone dying

  • Fear of causing harm or bad things to occur

  • Contamination or germs

  • Fear of death

  • Blaspheming

  • Fear of sexual thoughts

  • Intrusive thoughts

Examples of compulsions


  • Counting (numbers often hold meaning)

  • Excessive washing or cleaning

  • Excessive checking (plugs,  taps, etc

  • Arranging (often ensuring symmetry)

  • Repetitive actions

  • Hoarding

  • Over praying

OCD can be extremley debilitating and feel uncontrollably stressful, counselling can help to overcome both the obsessions and compulsions. From working with sufferers of OCD for a number of years I understand how difficult it can be to talk about yet alone contemplate any changes however as a psychotherapist and counselor I have seen many sufferers turn their life around and feel that they are no longer controlled by their OCD. If you would like to talk about how counselling my help you please feel free to call me in confidence on 01189 680 900.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)