At the Stress and Trauma Centre we treat OCD in many forms, including compulsive checking, compulsive cleaning, aligning of objects and distressing intrusive/obsessive thoughts. Treatment for OCD takes effort and practice, but with the support of one of our psychologists you can widen your world, enjoy a fuller life and learn to manage your obsessions and compulsions.

Break free from OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a form of anxiety that develops when you repeatedly experience intrusive, upsetting, and/or unwanted thoughts, urges or images (which are termed obsessions). These obsessions are often highly distressing and leave individuals feeling overwhelmed and powerless to prevent the thoughts from occurring. 

Despite the fact that many people with OCD realise that their obsessions are not rational or realistic, they develop beliefs and strategies to manage/relieve their anxiety in the form of compulsive behaviours or rituals performed to avoid the unwanted outcome (which are termed compulsions). Unfortunately, this leads to a cycle in which an individual confirms that any relief from their anxiety is a result of their compulsive behaviours. This relief is most often short-lived, with OCD sufferers becoming trapped by the urge to perform their rituals/compulsions each time they feel anxious or have distressing thoughts. 

Sadly, these rituals can often become extremely time consuming over time, and interfere with activities like study, hobbies, work, friendships, and family activities. 

We can help you with

  • Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts
  • Releasing the grip on checking behaviours
  • Refocusing on what matters most to you

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What to expect

Making your first appointment

Once you’ve decided to try therapy, call our kind and caring admin team on (02) 9139 0126 to discuss what you are having difficulty with and book your first appointment.

Attending the initial consultation

In the initial consultation, your therapist is looking to build a picture of how you’ve come to where you are today and what you are looking to get out of therapy. Your therapist will do their best to address any questions or concerns you may have about the process.

Creating a treatment plan together

Over the first three sessions, your therapist will work collaboratively with you to establish goals for therapy. They are designed to be specific, realistic, and tailored to your needs.

Undergoing therapy

As your therapy goes on, you will continue the process of building a trusting relationship with your therapist. You will work with them to find alternative ways of thinking and behaving, build resilience and learn new skills that will help to see yourself and the world differently, and promote helpful actions in life.

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Ready to see a psychologist?

There can be lots of questions that come up when you’re trying to make a decision about whether to see a psychologist. If you have a question that we haven’t answered in our FAQ, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on (02) 9139 0126  or email . Our friendly support team will get back to you within one business day.