Therapy For OCD in houston, TX

At Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX, we have many highly trained mental health professionals whose purpose within this field is walking side by side individuals as they journey towards wellness. We have clinicians on staff who specialize in working with anxiety disorders such as OCD and pride themselves on continuously expanding their wealth of knowledge regarding how to help these clients. Our goal is to walk side by side our clients towards their goals of wellness, using evidence-based practices and compassion. 

The goal of therapy for OCD involves one word: freedom.

At BPC, we hope to assist our clients struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder in managing this mental health struggle that can greatly impede daily functioning. Often therapeutic goals for OCD include:

  • Increased ability to respond to obsessions
  • Increased ability to resist compulsion urges
  • Increased tolerance to uncertainty
  • Increased ability to engage in a life that is values based

Therapy can also help the client understand the neurobiological mechanisms that can lead to OCD. In addition, clients and their therapist might work together to externalize the OCD in order to promote less shame for the client.   

At BPC, we work with clients towards the goal of encouraging a life where the client has control over their OCD and the family system functions as optimally as possible. This looks like client’s families assisting the client in responding to their intrusive thoughts, refraining from engaging in compulsions, and not unknowingly giving OCD the power it wants. This is because the more we feed OCD, the more power it has over us. By eliciting the whole family’s help, this promotes greater ability for the client to do the therapeutic work and prevent relapse.  

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder is a mental health disorder that affects between 1% and 3% of the child and teenage population. Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder, OCD for short, is defined as a disorder in which the individual struggles with recurring and persistent thoughts and behavioral urges. These thoughts and impulses are intrusive in nature and promote anxiety for the individual suffering from them. Within OCD there are obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are recurring thoughts and/or images that are unwanted and promote distress. These obsessions often involve the fear that something bad will happen to the individual or another person. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that are aimed at neutralizing the distressing thought. These obsessions and compulsion are often quite time consuming and can take over one’s life. 

There are many subtypes of OCD such as:  

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Common Struggles You may be Facing if You are Struggling with OCD Include:

  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Ruminations
  • Intense Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Checking
  • Confessing
  • Hand Washing
  • Repetitive Behaviors
  • Ordering
  • Avoidance

At times, those with OCD can also have a comorbid disorder. Common comorbid disorders with OCD are:  

  • Insomnia
  • Appetite Changes
  • Headaches
  • Stomach Aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Loss of Interest
  • Anger Outbursts
  • Feelings of Sadness
  • Feelings of Hopelessness

why Begin OCD Therapy?

When it comes to OCD treatment, many people come to therapy because they are lacking in the skills and ability to manage this very daunting disorder. In addition, it can be challenging to manage OCD along-side the other stressors of life and/or comorbid disorders. Those who are struggling with OCD, seek out professional help when their OCD has gotten to the point of impeding in basic life functioning of themselves and/or their family.  

Questions you may be asking  when starting therapy for OCD include:  

  • What causes these OCD symptoms?  
  • How can I gain control of my intrusive thoughts?
  • What does treatment for OCD look like?
  • How I function with OCD?
  • Will I have to live with OCD forever?

Our expert Houston area therapists are prepared and happy to answer any questions you may have about navigating OCD and the therapeutic process!  

The OCD Therapy Process at Brittani Persha Counseling

The counseling process in general is a journey you and your therapist go on together in order to promote wellness and functionality in life. This process involves empathy, unconditional positive regard, and a safe space to be met exactly where you are. Your therapist will:  

  • Reflect the experiences you are enduring and the emotions you are facing
  • Ask questions that encourage you to connect with your internal world 
  • Encourage and empower you towards cognitive and behavioral change 
  • Challenge you to face ways in which your old programming might get in your way  
  • Help you restructure your ways of thinking that aren’t serving you  
  • Assist you in building skills/habits associated with your goals  

This process starts with you getting acquainted with your therapist, building rapport, and gathering information. Goals will most likely be set between you and the therapist, as well. Then the work begins of internal reflection and healing. 

Your therapist will utilize a variety of evidenced based modalities to treat OCD, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
  • Family Therapy

Start Your OCD Healing Journey At Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX

If you are interested in learning more about our counseling services for OCD, please schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation today to speak directly with one of our Client Relations Specialist. Our goal as a Houston, TX therapy clinic is to find out if BPC is the right fit for you as you begin your journey towards healing with OCD.