I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if you are struggling with OCD, you need someone trained in administering ERP to reduce your symptoms.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does ERP work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is composed of two parts; Exposure involves literally exposing yourself to your fears (don’t worry, we do this gradually according to your comfortability level). This can be exposure to literal objects, such as touching a “contaminated” door handle, or exposing oneself to thoughts, feelings, images, or urges which might be feared or anxiety-provoking.
The point of Exposure is to practice Response Prevention (sometimes called Ritual Prevention) which essentially means resisting engaging in compulsions. Which can be very difficult at times and requires practice. This is why we will also be leaning heavily into self-compassion for inevitable setbacks as well as aspects of mindfulness to help us focus on the present moment rather than fears of the future.
If you’re ready to confront some of your biggest fears and take your life back from OCD and severe anxiety, we will work together to create an individualized plan for you to overcome your obstacles and live a more abundant life!
How long will it take?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to accomplish their goals depends on individual factors. However, the goal is for you to learn the skills you need to be successful in addressing your symptoms of OCD and anxiety so you can live your life the way you want to; and then take those skills and continue to practice them on your own outside of counseling.