You can’t recall the last time that you were carefree. Simple situations seem impossible to get through. Lately, you feel like there is something wrong with you and that no one understands you. You never know when those intrusive thoughts will come, and you worry that you won’t be able to control them and make them go away.
Dealing with adult responsibilities is hard, but adding these issues in the mix makes it even harder. It’s as if your thoughts and emotions are working against you, and all you feel is overwhelmed.
So here you are, wondering if you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
You truly want to find peace and be able to break free from your OCD, feel more in control of your life, and live with less discomfort. But, you have no idea how to calm your overactive mind and emotions. You never imagined you’d feel so scared, worried, and stressed. And you certainly didn’t expect that you’d be feeling like withdrawing from the things that you used to enjoy in life.
Signs That You are Struggling with OCD
- Behavioral: you are engaging in unwanted repetitive behaviors that are getting in the way of your ability to function or causing you incredible distress; you are spending too much time to do simple tasks; you are avoiding activities that you value to prevent unwanted thoughts from occurring
- Cognitive: you have unwanted thoughts, images, or urges; you assume that these unwanted thoughts are likely to occur; these thoughts are very frequent and time consuming
- Mood: you often feel fear, dread, disgust, doubt, and/or discomfort
When You Seek Support from the Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
- You will reduce or even stop avoiding the people and places that you once enjoyed
- You will learn to positively cope with fear and discomfort
- You will learn how to help yourself better function at home and in work or school
- You will regain your life back and enjoy spending more time in the activities you love
The Adult OCD Counseling Process
Therapy for adults with OCD is intended to help you gain the skills and tools necessary to more effectively manage your fears, feelings, and thoughts. Together, you and your therapist will work with scientifically-backed, evidence-based therapies to help you gain control over your bothersome, intrusive thoughts and ritualized behaviors.
Here’s what to expect…
FIRST CONTACT : Free phone consult
Prior to beginning treatment with us, we want to make sure that we are a good fit for your needs. For this reason, we offer a free 15-minute initial phone consult to learn more about your current circumstances and to determine if we are the best resource for you. Assuming that we are a good match, you would then set up an intake session.
WEEK ONE : Intake Session
During this initial 90-minute session, the assigned therapist will meet with you to gather background information and have you fill out rating scales to provide an assessment baseline upon which to build our treatment plan and goals.
WEEK TWO : Feedback Session
Now that we’ve thoroughly assessed your needs, we will meet with you to discuss the diagnoses, to identify starting goals, and to provide education on the apparent causes and factors which are leading to your symptoms.
WEEK THREE and Beyond: OCD Therapy for Adults
At this point, you will attend regular weekly therapy sessions. A typical course of treatment calls for 12 to 16 weeks of therapy sessions, but treatment length depends on many factors and, therefore, could require more or less weeks. Additionally, your therapist may determine that you need to come more or less frequently, depending upon your presenting symptoms.
Together, in each subsequent session, you and your therapist will use evidenced-based psychotherapy models to help you learn to identify trigger situations and thoughts that contribute to your symptoms. This typically includes the integration of techniques from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), or other evidence-based modalities.
Each session is designed to help you overcome the symptoms of OCD that are keeping you stuck. You and your therapist will work to overcome OCD symptoms, extreme emotional burdens, and to provide you with effective solutions. You will also spend significant time exploring your negative coping patterns and developing more helpful strategies for managing the overwhelming feelings.
TERMINATION : The Final Sessions
As you get closer to your therapy goals, you and your therapist will develop a plan for successfully transitioning you into a life without weekly therapy. This often means moving sessions from once a week to every other week, to monthly sessions, or to finishing out services completely. Your therapist also works with you to develop a relapse prevention plan at this time. Our goal is for you to be able to retain what you have worked on and to implement all that you have learned in therapy outside of sessions in your everyday life.
More About The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
As a team of licensed therapists, we are experts at teaching you to make the behavioral choices that get you closer to your goals.
We work from an evidence-based perspective. This means that our job is to help you understand your struggles and provide solutions proven to be very effective. Negative thoughts, distressing feelings, and unhelpful behaviors don’t have to be part of your life, and OCD therapy at The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management is about changing the way you think, recognizing how your beliefs are holding you back, becoming informed, seeing the world more accurately, and engaging in behaviors that you won’t regret later.
We make it our mission to help you regain control of your life by providing effective strategies supported by science. We are dedicated to being on top of the most recent knowledge and helping you solve problems based on what the research says is effective. It is our passion to educate you on what is and isn’t working in your life so that you can get back in the driver’s seat and take yourself where you want to go.
Who Benefits Most from OCD Counseling
Therapy for adults with OCD is best for those who need relief from the constant battle against stress, OCD symptoms, overwhelming feelings, and often perfectionism.
OCD can often be debilitating and get in the way of your enjoyment of life. It doesn’t have to rob you of your ability to reach your goals.
You will benefit from OCD therapy if :
- You are experiencing intrusive, bothersome thoughts
- You are engaging in time-consuming, life-intruding ritualized behaviors to cope with uncomfortable feelings
- You struggle to participate in daily activities
- You have trouble falling or staying asleep at night
- You often avoid uncomfortable situations
- Your behaviors are intruding on your relationships
There are certain situations in which you might not be ready for counseling sessions with us.
These include, but are not limited to :
- When you do not have time to attend sessions on a weekly basis
- When you are not ready to practice the techniques provided in therapy
- When you cannot commit to the process of therapy for the full course of treatment
- When you want a quick fix
If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, we can provide you with appropriate referrals for your level of care.
What Does OCD Therapy Cost?
OCD counseling is a fee-for-service program which means that we require payment at the time services are provided. We would be considered an out-of-network provider and would be happy to provide you with receipts which include all of the information you’d need for submitting directly to your insurance company for your own reimbursement.
When and Where are the Counseling Sessions?
Our office is conveniently located in Chester, NJ, 07930 next to the New Toys with Love building.
Sessions are currently held by appointment only Monday – Saturday.
Your Next Steps
You absolutely can learn to manage your OCD symptoms.
Freedom from OCD may feel impossible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start to take back control. You just need the support of a caring professional and evidence-based treatment to help you figure out how to best manage it all.
You will get the tools you need to be more successful in overcoming your worries. And you’ll also grow in your ability to self-manage with the use of good coping skills.
Ultimately, you will know that even when things aren’t going your way, you will get through them. We can help.
Call 908-914-2624 or email us (email@example.com) to schedule your 15-minute phone consult to see if we’re a good fit for your OCD treatment needs today!