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Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) with CBT in London

Efficacy’s Cognitive Behavioural therapists, based in centres across London & Sevenoaks, are experts and highly training in delivering CBT treatments to help you overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety disorder. OCD is characterised by distressing intrusive thoughts, images or impulses (obsessions) that occur against the individual’s will. These are experienced as inappropriate and repugnant to the individual and will often revolve around themes of:

  • Harm to self or others
  • Contamination and germs
  • Distressing violent, sexual or blasphemous thoughts
  • Order and arrangement of items
  • Hoarding of items

Whilst the presentation of OCD can appear quite diverse in comparison to other problems there are many common features including:-

The occurrence of intrusive thoughts, ideas or impulses that are repetitive and unpleasant. They are invariably experienced as distressing and efforts are often made to resist them.
Compulsive acts or rituals are repeatedly carried out. Efforts at resisting compulsive acts will normally result in an increase in anxiety.

Treatment Options

The recommended treatment options available to someone suffering with OCD are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or medication. It is recommended that CBT should be the first line of treatment.

CBT in the treatment of OCD has traditionally taken the form of Exposure and Response Prevention which come from behavioural therapy. Treatments have developed that look to incorporate cognitive interventions to the treatment.

According to ‘best evidence’ cognitive behavioural therapy not only has the best efficacy for the treatment of OCD but in follow up studies it has the best record for maintaining the gains in cognitive behavioural treatment and staying well.
We are a pure CBT service based in three London locations and Sevenoaks with a team of BABCP accredited Cognitive behavioural therapists. All accredited cognitive behavioural therapists will be trained mental health professionals and competent in the diagnosis and treating OCD. So you can be assured that you health is in the hands of trusted health care professionals.

Evidence Base

There is a large body of evidence from clinical research trials that show CBT (including exposure and response prevention; behavioural experiments and specific cognitive interventions) to be the most effective form of treatment for OCD. (NICE Clinical Guidance 31, 2006)

If you would like to find out more or book an assessment in London then call on the number below or complete the online contact form.

Telephone: 020 7929 7911