Foundations Counseling provides obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) therapy and treatment in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a condition in which an individual experiences recurrent obsessions (repetitive thoughts, ideas, or impulses that an individual knows are inappropriate, intrusive, and unwanted) and/or compulsions (repetitive behaviors that an individual feels driven to perform in an effort to avoid or decrease the anxiety created by obsessions). Our obsessive-compulsive disorder therapy can help you reduce these negative thoughts and behaviors while providing the support you need to develop a healthier, more normal life.
In obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessions are not just exaggerated fears about real-life situations, and usually are not directly connected to commonplace problems such as normal relationship, academic, or financial concerns. In fact, the individual with OCD is often distressed precisely because he or she recognizes that the thoughts are excessive, irrational, and/or inappropriate.
Obsessions seen in OCD vary widely from person to person. Some examples of common OCD obsessions include:
- Exaggerated fears of contamination from contact with people or everyday items
- Nagging doubts about having locked the windows or the doors to the home, car, or garage
- Excessive concerns about having turned off the stove, hair dryer, coffee pot, or other household appliances
As with obsessions, compulsions seen in OCD vary from person to person. Some examples of common OCD compulsions include:
- Repeatedly washing hands or showering
- Avoiding contact with everyday objects such as sinks, toilets, doorknobs, money, or virtually anything that an individual could construe as being contaminated
- Frequently checking door locks, windows, light switches, electrical outlets, etc.
Some individuals suffer from “pure obsessional” OCD in which they report experiencing obsessions without observable compulsions. These obsessions often manifest as thoughts, impulses, or “mental images” of committing an act they consider to be harmful, violent, immoral, sexually inappropriate, or sacrilegious.
Research over the past 15 years has resulted in an improved understanding of OCD, along with a much better idea of how prevalent this disorder actually is. OCD is now estimated to affect two to three percent of the population, which suggests that over six million Americans will experience the disorder in their lifetimes.
What You Can Expect with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Therapy
Foundations Counseling offers obsessive-compulsive disorder therapy in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor. During our OCD treatment, we focus on using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), shown to be the most effective treatment for OCD and related disorders. By using CBT, we can help you learn the tools you need to reduce the severity and frequency of OCD and other anxiety symptoms, as well as the impact of these often debilitating disorders on you and your family. OCD therapy is personalized according to the needs of each client, and may include weekly individual counseling, multiple weekly sessions, home visits, field sessions, and/or family therapy.
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If you or someone you know would benefit from obsessive-compulsive disorder therapy, please contact Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor to arrange a free consultation.