Help for OCD

Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and counselling in Bristol and Online

Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

Will you still be battling with crippling fears and anxieties? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can set yourself on a different path and find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that OCD can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

 

DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE! For your privacy, no email registration required!If you’re looking for help to overcome OCD and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as OCD. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your fears that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT OCD

 

According to OCD-UK, around 12 in every 1000 people are suffering from some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is commonly thought to involve obsessive hygiene regimes such as frequent or excessive hand-washing, however this is not always the case. The term OCD can apply to a broad range of potentially debilitating symptoms that we'll explore in a moment. Some common features of OCD include:

 

 

  •     Strong feelings of anxiety or fear
  •     A fixation on a particular distressing thought or idea
  •     Worry that you might suddenly lose of control
  •     A strong sense of self-doubt
  •     A need to keeping checking something
  •     A sense that something is potentially very dangerously
  •     A strong urge to correct, fix, or solve a perceived problem

 

 

 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF OCD

 

OCD can be a difficult symptom to spot, not only for unsuspecting sufferers themselves but for therapists too! On the surface obsessive compulsive disorder can look like many other common symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. One of the reasons that OCD can be difficult to spot is that it can crop up in lots of different ways. Let's explore the most common forms now...

 

 

 

 

Identity and image issues

 

One very common form of OCD involves identity or image issues. Identity issues often centre on themes of sexual identity. A common form known as HOCD or Homosexual Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder involves a perplexing battle that you might be gay even though you don't feel that you are. As mentioned previously, a major component of OCD is a troubling sense of self-doubt; a self-doubt that can cause you to ruminate on an issue for an inordinate length of time without ever fully resolving it. Another form of identity issue is known as Imposter Syndrome; a belief that you are merely pretending to be someone you are not. A key feature of Imposter Syndrome is the pervasive fear that you are going to be 'found out' and put to shame. Another form of identity issues, known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, centres on themes of appearance. Sufferers experience parts of their face or body to be incorrect and typically seek cosmetic surgery to fix the problem. This often leads to a slippery slope in which the desire to control every minute detail and 'imperfection' in your appearance causes you to obsess more and more about what's 'wrong' such that you never feel fully satisfied with how you look. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia could also be included in this category.

 

 

 

 

Contamination fears

 

Another highly common form of OCD is referred to as contamination anxiety. Contamination anxiety involves strong worries and concerns about such things as germs, disease, and bacteria. Sufferer's may be concerned about contracting a disease such as HIV or AIDS. They may fear airborne viruses or bacteria on door handles or handrails, especially if these are used by the general public. Sometimes sufferers have a fear that  their food or drink may be spiked with drugs. This can become a major problem that prevents the sufferer from eating or drinking anything for fear that someone may be intending to harm them. One of the strange things about OCD is that as a sufferer you are often aware that your fears are unfounded but this awareness doesn't cause them to stop.

 

 

 

 

self-doubt & checking rituals

 

Often sufferers of OCD report a chronic impulse to repeatedly check things. This can include door locks, oven hobs, or plug switches. It can, of course, be useful to check these these things because they can lead to real risks and dangers. The difficulty with OCD is that the sufferer's anxiety isn't abated by checking and so they feel impelled to check again, and again...and again. Sadly the drive to check, driven by a desire to ease anxiety and self-doubt, can be so strong that it becomes crippling and interferes with day-to-day life. Checking may also occur in relation to such things as sending texts, emails, or completing work tasks. The urge to check may also occur in relation to your health or certain bodily experiences, as well as anxiety arousing thoughts that you keep returning to check if they're still a problem.

 

 

 

 

intrusive distressing thoughts

 

An extremely common, but lesser known form of OCD involves persistent intrusive thoughts that are usually of a highly distressing nature. Intrusive thoughts may involve repetitious thoughts of violently harming a loved one or a stranger, thoughts that can flash as images in your mind. They often involve fears of becoming a murderer, rapist, or paedophile. Alternatively they may involve a fixation with accidents or the idea that something bad may have happened and you feel as if you may be responsible. Understandably such symptoms are incredibly distressing and may provoke a strong feeling of shame, which may prevent you from talking about it.

 

 

 

 

Numerical Obsessions

 

Another common form of OCD involves numerical obsessions. Numerical obsessions may involve repeatedly counting backwards from a certain number or performing a specific act a certain number of times. Often checking rituals have a numerical component to them such that the sufferer has to check something a certain number of times before they can proceed. Numerical obsessions may lso include performing rituals in specific sequences or feeling anxious when the radio dial is slightly off-centre, or when it's an odd numbered day of the month, for example. It may also involve aspects of numerology and seeing secret 'codes' everywhere. Again, this only becomes a problem when it really begins to impact on your life.

 

 

 

 

Spiritual / Religious / Occult Fears

 

Occasionally OCD will manifest as strong feelings of anxiety or fear around spiritual, religious, or occult themes. The sufferer may experience an overbearing sense of religious guilt, or paralysing fears of sin, eternal damnation, or possession by evil spirits. They may be concerned about witchcraft or black magic, or they may experience intrusive distressing blasphemous thoughts. Alternatively sufferers may be driven to ruminate about the end of the world or judgment day to such a degree that it interferes with their day-to-day life. Sufferers may also experience strong feelings of anxiety or depression in relation to such things as parallel universes or concepts such as 'time' or 'infinity'.

 

 

 

 

(ROCD) Relationship OCD

 

Reelationship OCD is more recently recognised form of OCD in which sufferers report perpetual doubts about their relationship, even if the relationship is objectively good.

 

 

 

 

Pure 'o' (obsessions without compulsions)

 

While the term OCD typically refers to fears, known as obsessions, that are coupled with ways to try and lessen or neutralise the fear, i.e. compulsions, in some cases the compulsive element doesn't occur or is less obvious than say, compulsive washing would be. Such cases are often referred to as pure 'o', or pure obsessions. In many ways pure 'o' could be thought of as a purely psychological form of OCD, with the obsessive element being a fixation on a particular worry or concern, and the compulsive element being a need to keep returning to the thought or idea to check if it's still a problem.

 

 

 

 

Various impulse control issues

 

Another type of OCD involves a number of behavioural patterns commonly referred to as impulse control disorders. These include trichotillomania (hair pulling), demerotillomania (skin picking), onychophagia (nail-biting), and various tic disorders.

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I FEELING SO ANXIOUS?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of OCD and its concomitant anxiety so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things! If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that you have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind, and the reason you may be struggling to make sense of your anxiety is that it has something to do with your unconscious mind; the part of your mind you can’t ordinarily 'see'. Far from being some scary place as some people think, your unconscious mind comprises a number of different brain regions whose job is simply to process lots of information in the background so you don’t have to...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy way to think of it is that your brain is like a computer. Your conscious mind is the computer screen on which you can see images and perform certain tasks, whereas your unconscious mind is everything that’s happening inside the computer that you can’t see - it’s all the algorithms and number crunching. Your OCD, then, could be thought of as a bit like an ‘error’ message that’s popped up on the screen. You can see it, but you might not know why it’s popped up or how to fix it. My job is like a ‘tech guy’ you take your computer to after you’ve tried to sort things out by yourself. I use various tools and techniques to help you quickly work out what’s going on and get you back up and running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR OCD

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your OCD, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on the website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, OCD sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services to help you resolve your OCD and any related issues and get back on your feet again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

 

PRIVATEPROFESSIONALRELAXING

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME MY OCD?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing fears and concerns, while others have been battling with strong OCD symptoms for a number of years. For some clients OCD is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, sequential psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your OCD you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who can help with OCD, or you're seeking Online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming OCD, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

 

Will you still be battling with crippling fears and anxieties? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can set yourself on a different path and find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that OCD can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

 

DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE! For your privacy, no email registration required!If you’re looking for help to overcome OCD and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as OCD. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your fears that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT OCD

 

According to OCD-UK, around 12 in every 1000 people are suffering from some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is commonly thought to involve obsessive hygiene regimes such as frequent or excessive hand-washing, however this is not always the case. The term OCD can apply to a broad range of potentially debilitating symptoms that we'll explore in a moment. Some common features of OCD include:

 

 

  •     Strong feelings of anxiety or fear
  •     A fixation on a particular distressing thought or idea
  •     Worry that you might suddenly lose of control
  •     A strong sense of self-doubt
  •     A need to keeping checking something
  •     A sense that something is potentially very dangerously
  •     A strong urge to correct, fix, or solve a perceived problem

 

 

 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF OCD

 

OCD can be a difficult symptom to spot, not only for unsuspecting sufferers themselves but for therapists too! On the surface obsessive compulsive disorder can look like many other common symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. One of the reasons that OCD can be difficult to spot is that it can crop up in lots of different ways. Let's explore the most common forms now...

 

 

 

 

Identity and image issues

 

One very common form of OCD involves identity or image issues. Identity issues often centre on themes of sexual identity. A common form known as HOCD or Homosexual Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder involves a perplexing battle that you might be gay even though you don't feel that you are. As mentioned previously, a major component of OCD is a troubling sense of self-doubt; a self-doubt that can cause you to ruminate on an issue for an inordinate length of time without ever fully resolving it. Another form of identity issue is known as Imposter Syndrome; a belief that you are merely pretending to be someone you are not. A key feature of Imposter Syndrome is the pervasive fear that you are going to be 'found out' and put to shame. Another form of identity issues, known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, centres on themes of appearance. Sufferers experience parts of their face or body to be incorrect and typically seek cosmetic surgery to fix the problem. This often leads to a slippery slope in which the desire to control every minute detail and 'imperfection' in your appearance causes you to obsess more and more about what's 'wrong' such that you never feel fully satisfied with how you look. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia could also be included in this category.

 

 

 

 

Contamination fears

 

Another highly common form of OCD is referred to as contamination anxiety. Contamination anxiety involves strong worries and concerns about such things as germs, disease, and bacteria. Sufferer's may be concerned about contracting a disease such as HIV or AIDS. They may fear airborne viruses or bacteria on door handles or handrails, especially if these are used by the general public. Sometimes sufferers have a fear that  their food or drink may be spiked with drugs. This can become a major problem that prevents the sufferer from eating or drinking anything for fear that someone may be intending to harm them. One of the strange things about OCD is that as a sufferer you are often aware that your fears are unfounded but this awareness doesn't cause them to stop.

 

 

 

 

self-doubt & checking rituals

 

Often sufferers of OCD report a chronic impulse to repeatedly check things. This can include door locks, oven hobs, or plug switches. It can, of course, be useful to check these these things because they can lead to real risks and dangers. The difficulty with OCD is that the sufferer's anxiety isn't abated by checking and so they feel impelled to check again, and again...and again. Sadly the drive to check, driven by a desire to ease anxiety and self-doubt, can be so strong that it becomes crippling and interferes with day-to-day life. Checking may also occur in relation to such things as sending texts, emails, or completing work tasks. The urge to check may also occur in relation to your health or certain bodily experiences, as well as anxiety arousing thoughts that you keep returning to check if they're still a problem.

 

 

 

 

intrusive distressing thoughts

 

An extremely common, but lesser known form of OCD involves persistent intrusive thoughts that are usually of a highly distressing nature. Intrusive thoughts may involve repetitious thoughts of violently harming a loved one or a stranger, thoughts that can flash as images in your mind. They often involve fears of becoming a murderer, rapist, or paedophile. Alternatively they may involve a fixation with accidents or the idea that something bad may have happened and you feel as if you may be responsible. Understandably such symptoms are incredibly distressing and may provoke a strong feeling of shame, which may prevent you from talking about it.

 

 

 

 

Numerical Obsessions

 

Another common form of OCD involves numerical obsessions. Numerical obsessions may involve repeatedly counting backwards from a certain number or performing a specific act a certain number of times. Often checking rituals have a numerical component to them such that the sufferer has to check something a certain number of times before they can proceed. Numerical obsessions may lso include performing rituals in specific sequences or feeling anxious when the radio dial is slightly off-centre, or when it's an odd numbered day of the month, for example. It may also involve aspects of numerology and seeing secret 'codes' everywhere. Again, this only becomes a problem when it really begins to impact on your life.

 

 

 

 

Spiritual / Religious / Occult Fears

 

Occasionally OCD will manifest as strong feelings of anxiety or fear around spiritual, religious, or occult themes. The sufferer may experience an overbearing sense of religious guilt, or paralysing fears of sin, eternal damnation, or possession by evil spirits. They may be concerned about witchcraft or black magic, or they may experience intrusive distressing blasphemous thoughts. Alternatively sufferers may be driven to ruminate about the end of the world or judgement day to such a degree that it interferes with their day-to-day life. Sufferers may also experience strong feelings of anxiety or depression in relation to such things as parallel universes or concepts such as 'time' or 'infinity'.

 

 

 

 

Various impulse control issues

 

Another type of OCD involves a number of behavioural patterns commonly referred to as impulse control disorders. These include trichotillomania (hair pulling), demerotillomania (skin picking), onychophagia (nail-biting), and various tic disorders

 

 

 

 

Pure 'o'

 

While the term OCD typically refers to fears, known as obsessions, that are coupled with ways to try and lessen or neutralise the fear, i.e. compulsions, in some cases the compulsive element doesn't occur or is less obvious than say, compulsive washing would be. Such cases are often referred to as pure 'o', or pure obsessions. In many ways pure 'o' could be thought of as a purely psychological form of OCD, with the obsessive element being a fixation on a particular worry or concern, and the compulsive element being a need to keep returning to the thought or idea to check if it's still a problem.

 

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I FEELING SO ANXIOUS?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of OCD and its concomitant anxiety so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things! If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that you have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind, and the reason you may be struggling to make sense of your anxiety is that it has something to do with your unconscious mind; the part of your mind you can’t ordinarily 'see'. Far from being some scary place as some people think, your unconscious mind comprises a number of different brain regions whose job is simply to process lots of information in the background so you don’t have to...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy way to think of it is that your brain is like a computer. Your conscious mind is the computer screen on which you can see images and perform certain tasks, whereas your unconscious mind is everything that’s happening inside the computer that you can’t see - it’s all the algorithms and number crunching. Your OCD, then, could be thought of as a bit like an ‘error’ message that’s popped up on the screen. You can see it, but you might not know why it’s popped up or how to fix it. My job is like a ‘tech guy’ you take your computer to after you’ve tried to sort things out by yourself. I use various tools and techniques to help you quickly work out what’s going on and get you back up and running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR OCD

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your OCD, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on the website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, OCD sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services to help you resolve your OCD and any related issues and get back on your feet again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

 

PRIVATEPROFESSIONALRELAXING

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME MY OCD?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing fears and concerns, while others have been battling with strong OCD symptoms for a number of years. For some clients OCD is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, sequential psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your OCD you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who can help with OCD, or you're seeking Online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming OCD, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Friendly, welcoming, experienced therapist

Professional location in the centre of Bristol

FREE initial consultation

Different therapy services to suit your needs

Online therapy via Skype or FaceTime

FREE welcome pack - no sign-up required

Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

Will you still be battling with crippling fears and anxieties? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can set yourself on a different path and find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that OCD can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

 

DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE!If you’re looking for help to overcome OCD and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as OCD. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your fears that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT OCD

 

According to OCD-UK, around 12 in every 1000 people are suffering from some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is commonly thought to involve obsessive hygiene regimes such as frequent or excessive hand-washing, however this is not always the case. The term OCD can apply to a broad range of potentially debilitating symptoms that we'll explore in a moment. Some common features of OCD include:

 

 

  •     Strong feelings of anxiety or fear
  •     A fixation on a particular distressing thought or idea
  •     Worry that you might suddenly lose of control
  •     A strong sense of self-doubt
  •     A need to keeping checking something
  •     A sense that something is potentially very dangerously
  •     A strong urge to correct, fix, or solve a perceived problem

 

 

 

 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF OCD

 

OCD can be a difficult symptom to spot, not only for unsuspecting sufferers themselves but for therapists too! On the surface obsessive compulsive disorder can look like many other common symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. One of the reasons that OCD can be difficult to spot is that it can crop up in lots of different ways. Let's explore the most common forms now...

 

 

 

 

Identity and image issues

 

One very common form of OCD involves identity or image issues. Identity issues often centre on themes of sexual identity. A common form known as HOCD or Homosexual Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder involves a perplexing battle that you might be gay even though you don't feel that you are. As mentioned previously, a major component of OCD is a troubling sense of self-doubt; a self-doubt that can cause you to ruminate on an issue for an inordinate length of time without ever fully resolving it. Another form of identity issue is known as Imposter Syndrome; a belief that you are merely pretending to be someone you are not. A key feature of Imposter Syndrome is the pervasive fear that you are going to be 'found out' and put to shame. Another form of identity issues, known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, centres on themes of appearance. Sufferers experience parts of their face or body to be incorrect and typically seek cosmetic surgery to fix the problem. This often leads to a slippery slope in which the desire to control every minute detail and 'imperfection' in your appearance causes you to obsess more and more about what's 'wrong' such that you never feel fully satisfied with how you look. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia could also be included in this category.

 

 

 

 

Contamination fears

 

Another highly common form of OCD is referred to as contamination anxiety. Contamination anxiety involves strong worries and concerns about such things as germs, disease, and bacteria. Sufferer's may be concerned about contracting a disease such as HIV or AIDS. They may fear airborne viruses or bacteria on door handles or handrails, especially if these are used by the general public. Sometimes sufferers have a fear that  their food or drink may be spiked with drugs. This can become a major problem that prevents the sufferer from eating or drinking anything for fear that someone may be intending to harm them. One of the strange things about OCD is that as a sufferer you are often aware that your fears are unfounded but this awareness doesn't cause them to stop.

 

 

 

 

self-doubt & checking rituals

 

Often sufferers of OCD report a chronic impulse to repeatedly check things. This can include door locks, oven hobs, or plug switches. It can, of course, be useful to check these these things because they can lead to real risks and dangers. The difficulty with OCD is that the sufferer's anxiety isn't abated by checking and so they feel impelled to check again, and again...and again. Sadly the drive to check, driven by a desire to ease anxiety and self-doubt, can be so strong that it becomes crippling and interferes with day-to-day life. Checking may also occur in relation to such things as sending texts, emails, or completing work tasks. The urge to check may also occur in relation to your health or certain bodily experiences, as well as anxiety arousing thoughts that you keep returning to check if they're still a problem.

 

 

 

 

intrusive distressing thoughts

 

An extremely common, but lesser known form of OCD involves persistent intrusive thoughts that are usually of a highly distressing nature. Intrusive thoughts may involve repetitious thoughts of violently harming a loved one or a stranger, thoughts that can flash as images in your mind. They often involve fears of becoming a murderer, rapist, or paedophile. Alternatively they may involve a fixation with accidents or the idea that something bad may have happened and you feel as if you may be responsible. Understandably such symptoms are incredibly distressing and may provoke a strong feeling of shame, which may prevent you from talking about it.

 

 

 

 

Numerical Obsessions

 

Another common form of OCD involves numerical obsessions. Numerical obsessions may involve repeatedly counting backwards from a certain number or performing a specific act a certain number of times. Often checking rituals have a numerical component to them such that the sufferer has to check something a certain number of times before they can proceed. Numerical obsessions may lso include performing rituals in specific sequences or feeling anxious when the radio dial is slightly off-centre, or when it's an odd numbered day of the month, for example. It may also involve aspects of numerology and seeing secret 'codes' everywhere. Again, this only becomes a problem when it really begins to impact on your life.

 

 

 

 

Spiritual / Religious / Occult Fears

 

Occasionally OCD will manifest as strong feelings of anxiety or fear around spiritual, religious, or occult themes. The sufferer may experience an overbearing sense of religious guilt, or paralysing fears of sin, eternal damnation, or possession by evil spirits. They may be concerned about witchcraft or black magic, or they may experience intrusive distressing blasphemous thoughts. Alternatively sufferers may be driven to ruminate about the end of the world or judgement day to such a degree that it interferes with their day-to-day life. Sufferers may also experience strong feelings of anxiety or depression in relation to such things as parallel universes or concepts such as 'time' or 'infinity'.

 

 

 

 

Various impulse control issues

 

Another type of OCD involves a number of behavioural patterns commonly referred to as impulse control disorders. These include trichotillomania (hair pulling), demerotillomania (skin picking), onychophagia (nail-biting), and various tic disorders

 

 

 

 

Pure 'o'

 

While the term OCD typically refers to fears, known as obsessions, that are coupled with ways to try and lessen or neutralise the fear, i.e. compulsions, in some cases the compulsive element doesn't occur or is less obvious than say, compulsive washing would be. Such cases are often referred to as pure 'o', or pure obsessions. In many ways pure 'o' could be thought of as a purely psychological form of OCD, with the obsessive element being a fixation on a particular worry or concern, and the compulsive element being a need to keep returning to the thought or idea to check if it's still a problem.

 

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I FEELING SO ANXIOUS?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of OCD and its concomitant anxiety so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things! If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that you have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind, and the reason you may be struggling to make sense of your anxiety is that it has something to do with your unconscious mind; the part of your mind you can’t ordinarily 'see'. Far from being some scary place as some people think, your unconscious mind comprises a number of different brain regions whose job is simply to process lots of information in the background so you don’t have to..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy way to think of it is that your brain is like a computer. Your conscious mind is the computer screen on which you can see images and perform certain tasks, whereas your unconscious mind is everything that’s happening inside the computer that you can’t see - it’s all the algorithms and number crunching. Your OCD, then, could be thought of as a bit like an ‘error’ message that’s popped up on the screen. You can see it, but you might not know why it’s popped up or how to fix it. My job is like a ‘tech guy’ you take your computer to after you’ve tried to sort things out by yourself. I use various tools and techniques to help you quickly work out what’s going on and get you back up and running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR OCD

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your OCD, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on my website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, OCD sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services to help you resolve your OCD and any related issues and get back on your feet again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

 

PRIVATEPROFESSIONALRELAXING

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME MY OCD?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing fears and concerns, while others have been battling with strong OCD symptoms for a number of years. For some clients OCD is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, sequential psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your OCD you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who can help with OCD, or you're seeking Online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming OCD, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

The Bristol Psychotherapy

& Hypnotherapy Clinic

Friendly, welcoming, experienced therapist

Different therapy services to suit your needs

Professional location in the centre of Bristol

Online therapy via Skype or FaceTime

FREE initial consultation

FREE welcome pack - no sign-up required

Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

Will you still be battling with crippling fears and anxieties? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can set yourself on a different path and find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that OCD can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

 

If you’re looking for help to overcome OCD and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as OCD. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your fears that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE!

 

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT OCD

 

According to OCD-UK, around 12 in every 1000 people are suffering from some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is commonly thought to involve obsessive hygiene regimes such as frequent or excessive hand-washing, however this is not always the case. The term OCD can apply to a broad range of potentially debilitating symptoms that we'll explore in a moment. Some common features of OCD include:

 

 

  •     Strong feelings of anxiety or fear
  •     A fixation on a particular distressing thought or idea
  •     Worry that you might suddenly lose of control
  •     A strong sense of self-doubt
  •     A need to keeping checking something
  •     A sense that something is potentially very dangerously
  •     A strong urge to correct, fix, or solve a perceived problem

 

 

 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF OCD

 

OCD can be a difficult symptom to spot, not only for unsuspecting sufferers themselves but for therapists too! On the surface obsessive compulsive disorder can look like many other common symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. One of the reasons that OCD can be difficult to spot is that it can crop up in lots of different ways. Let's explore the most common forms now...

 

 

 

 

Identity and image issues

 

One very common form of OCD involves identity or image issues. Identity issues often centre on themes of sexual identity. A common form known as HOCD or Homosexual Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder involves a perplexing battle that you might be gay even though you don't feel that you are. As mentioned previously, a major component of OCD is a troubling sense of self-doubt; a self-doubt that can cause you to ruminate on an issue for an inordinate length of time without ever fully resolving it. Another form of identity issue is known as Imposter Syndrome; a belief that you are merely pretending to be someone you are not. A key feature of Imposter Syndrome is the pervasive fear that you are going to be 'found out' and put to shame. Another form of identity issues, known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, centres on themes of appearance. Sufferers experience parts of their face or body to be incorrect and typically seek cosmetic surgery to fix the problem. This often leads to a slippery slope in which the desire to control every minute detail and 'imperfection' in your appearance causes you to obsess more and more about what's 'wrong' such that you never feel fully satisfied with how you look. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia could also be included in this category.

 

 

 

 

Contamination fears

 

Another highly common form of OCD is referred to as contamination anxiety. Contamination anxiety involves strong worries and concerns about such things as germs, disease, and bacteria. Sufferer's may be concerned about contracting a disease such as HIV or AIDS. They may fear airborne viruses or bacteria on door handles or handrails, especially if these are used by the general public. Sometimes sufferers have a fear that  their food or drink may be spiked with drugs. This can become a major problem that prevents the sufferer from eating or drinking anything for fear that someone may be intending to harm them. One of the strange things about OCD is that as a sufferer you are often aware that your fears are unfounded but this awareness doesn't cause them to stop.

 

 

 

 

self-doubt & checking rituals

 

Often sufferers of OCD report a chronic impulse to repeatedly check things. This can include door locks, oven hobs, or plug switches. It can, of course, be useful to check these these things because they can lead to real risks and dangers. The difficulty with OCD is that the sufferer's anxiety isn't abated by checking and so they feel impelled to check again, and again...and again. Sadly the drive to check, driven by a desire to ease anxiety and self-doubt, can be so strong that it becomes crippling and interferes with day-to-day life. Checking may also occur in relation to such things as sending texts, emails, or completing work tasks. The urge to check may also occur in relation to your health or certain bodily experiences, as well as anxiety arousing thoughts that you keep returning to check if they're still a problem.

 

 

 

 

intrusive distressing thoughts

 

An extremely common, but lesser known form of OCD involves persistent intrusive thoughts that are usually of a highly distressing nature. Intrusive thoughts may involve repetitious thoughts of violently harming a loved one or a stranger, thoughts that can flash as images in your mind. They often involve fears of becoming a murderer, rapist, or paedophile. Alternatively they may involve a fixation with accidents or the idea that something bad may have happened and you feel as if you may be responsible. Understandably such symptoms are incredibly distressing and may provoke a strong feeling of shame, which may prevent you from talking about it.

 

 

 

 

Numerical Obsessions

 

Another common form of OCD involves numerical obsessions. Numerical obsessions may involve repeatedly counting backwards from a certain number or performing a specific act a certain number of times. Often checking rituals have a numerical component to them such that the sufferer has to check something a certain number of times before they can proceed. Numerical obsessions may lso include performing rituals in specific sequences or feeling anxious when the radio dial is slightly off-centre, or when it's an odd numbered day of the month, for example. It may also involve aspects of numerology and seeing secret 'codes' everywhere. Again, this only becomes a problem when it really begins to impact on your life.

 

 

 

 

Spiritual / Religious / Occult Fears

 

Occasionally OCD will manifest as strong feelings of anxiety or fear around spiritual, religious, or occult themes. The sufferer may experience an overbearing sense of religious guilt, or paralysing fears of sin, eternal damnation, or possession by evil spirits. They may be concerned about witchcraft or black magic, or they may experience intrusive distressing blasphemous thoughts. Alternatively sufferers may be driven to ruminate about the end of the world or judgement day to such a degree that it interferes with their day-to-day life. Sufferers may also experience strong feelings of anxiety or depression in relation to such things as parallel universes or concepts such as 'time' or 'infinity'.

 

 

 

 

Various impulse control issues

 

Another type of OCD involves a number of behavioural patterns commonly referred to as impulse control disorders. These include trichotillomania (hair pulling), demerotillomania (skin picking), onychophagia (nail-biting), and various tic disorders

 

 

 

 

Pure 'o'

 

While the term OCD typically refers to fears, known as obsessions, that are coupled with ways to try and lessen or neutralise the fear, i.e. compulsions, in some cases the compulsive element doesn't occur or is less obvious than say, compulsive washing would be. Such cases are often referred to as pure 'o', or pure obsessions. In many ways pure 'o' could be thought of as a purely psychological form of OCD, with the obsessive element being a fixation on a particular worry or concern, and the compulsive element being a need to keep returning to the thought or idea to check if it's still a problem.

 

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I FEELING SO ANXIOUS?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of OCD and its concomitant anxiety so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things! If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that you have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind, and the reason you may be struggling to make sense of your anxiety is that it has something to do with your unconscious mind; the part of your mind you can’t ordinarily 'see'. Far from being some scary place as some people think, your unconscious mind comprises a number of different brain regions whose job is simply to process lots of information in the background so you don’t have to..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy way to think of it is that your brain is like a computer. Your conscious mind is the computer screen on which you can see images and perform certain tasks, whereas your unconscious mind is everything that’s happening inside the computer that you can’t see - it’s all the algorithms and number crunching. Your OCD, then, could be thought of as a bit like an ‘error’ message that’s popped up on the screen. You can see it, but you might not know why it’s popped up or how to fix it. My job is like a ‘tech guy’ you take your computer to after you’ve tried to sort things out by yourself. I use various tools and techniques to help you quickly work out what’s going on and get you back up and running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR OCD

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your OCD, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on my website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, OCD sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services to help you resolve your OCD and any related issues and get back on your feet again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

PRIVATEPROFESSIONALRELAXING

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME MY OCD?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing fears and concerns, while others have been battling with strong OCD symptoms for a number of years. For some clients OCD is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, sequential psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your OCD you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who can help with OCD, or you're seeking Online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming OCD, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Friendly, welcoming, experienced therapist

Different therapy services to suit your needs

Professional location in the centre of Bristol

Online therapy via Skype or FaceTime

FREE initial consultation

FREE welcome pack - no sign-up required

© SEBASTIAN T. EASTWOOD-BLOOM 2018

Let's start with a question...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now?

 

 

 

Will you still be battling with crippling fears and anxieties? Perhaps in an even worse state! It doesn't have to be that way. In just a few weeks I can help you turn things around so you can set yourself on a different path and find yourself somewhere very different in six months time. Big words I know, but most people don't realise that OCD can be helped. Stick the kettle on and let's find out how...

 

 

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY, HYPNOTHERAPY, & COUNSELLING FOR OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

 

If you’re looking for help to overcome OCD and you’re considering some sort of therapy as an option you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive, or perhaps a little sceptical, or even worried that you can’t be helped. Allow me to reassure you that this is perfectly normal, and it’s something most people feel when they’re looking for help to tackle a personal matter, such as OCD. It’s hard to imagine what someone else could say or do to help you conquer your fears that you haven’t already tried yourself! Having successfully helped thousands of people triumph over what they thought was impossible, I believe that many symptoms and problems - like most other problems we encounter in life - can be brought to a successful and satisfying resolution when the right approached is used.

 

 

DOWNLOADTHE FREE WELCOME PACK HERE!

 

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT OCD

 

According to OCD-UK, around 12 in every 1000 people are suffering from some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is commonly thought to involve obsessive hygiene regimes such as frequent or excessive hand-washing, however this is not always the case. The term OCD can apply to a broad range of potentially debilitating symptoms that we'll explore in a moment. Some common features of OCD include:

 

 

  •     Strong feelings of anxiety or fear
  •     A fixation on a particular distressing thought or idea
  •     Worry that you might suddenly lose of control
  •     A strong sense of self-doubt
  •     A need to keeping checking something
  •     A sense that something is potentially very dangerously
  •     A strong urge to correct, fix, or solve a perceived problem

 

 

 

 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF OCD

 

OCD can be a difficult symptom to spot, not only for unsuspecting sufferers themselves but for therapists too! On the surface obsessive compulsive disorder can look like many other common symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. One of the reasons that OCD can be difficult to spot is that it can crop up in lots of different ways. Let's explore the most common forms now...

 

 

 

 

Identity and image issues

 

One very common form of OCD involves identity or image issues. Identity issues often centre on themes of sexual identity. A common form known as HOCD or Homosexual Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder involves a perplexing battle that you might be gay even though you don't feel that you are. As mentioned previously, a major component of OCD is a troubling sense of self-doubt; a self-doubt that can cause you to ruminate on an issue for an inordinate length of time without ever fully resolving it. Another form of identity issue is known as Imposter Syndrome; a belief that you are merely pretending to be someone you are not. A key feature of Imposter Syndrome is the pervasive fear that you are going to be 'found out' and put to shame. Another form of identity issues, known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, centres on themes of appearance. Sufferers experience parts of their face or body to be incorrect and typically seek cosmetic surgery to fix the problem. This often leads to a slippery slope in which the desire to control every minute detail and 'imperfection' in your appearance causes you to obsess more and more about what's 'wrong' such that you never feel fully satisfied with how you look. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia could also be included in this category.

 

 

 

 

Contamination fears

 

Another highly common form of OCD is referred to as contamination anxiety. Contamination anxiety involves strong worries and concerns about such things as germs, disease, and bacteria. Sufferer's may be concerned about contracting a disease such as HIV or AIDS. They may fear airborne viruses or bacteria on door handles or handrails, especially if these are used by the general public. Sometimes sufferers have a fear that  their food or drink may be spiked with drugs. This can become a major problem that prevents the sufferer from eating or drinking anything for fear that someone may be intending to harm them. One of the strange things about OCD is that as a sufferer you are often aware that your fears are unfounded but this awareness doesn't cause them to stop.

 

 

 

 

self-doubt & checking rituals

 

Often sufferers of OCD report a chronic impulse to repeatedly check things. This can include door locks, oven hobs, or plug switches. It can, of course, be useful to check these these things because they can lead to real risks and dangers. The difficulty with OCD is that the sufferer's anxiety isn't abated by checking and so they feel impelled to check again, and again...and again. Sadly the drive to check, driven by a desire to ease anxiety and self-doubt, can be so strong that it becomes crippling and interferes with day-to-day life. Checking may also occur in relation to such things as sending texts, emails, or completing work tasks. The urge to check may also occur in relation to your health or certain bodily experiences, as well as anxiety arousing thoughts that you keep returning to check if they're still a problem.

 

 

 

 

intrusive distressing thoughts

 

An extremely common, but lesser known form of OCD involves persistent intrusive thoughts that are usually of a highly distressing nature. Intrusive thoughts may involve repetitious thoughts of violently harming a loved one or a stranger, thoughts that can flash as images in your mind. They often involve fears of becoming a murderer, rapist, or paedophile. Alternatively they may involve a fixation with accidents or the idea that something bad may have happened and you feel as if you may be responsible. Understandably such symptoms are incredibly distressing and may provoke a strong feeling of shame, which may prevent you from talking about it.

 

 

 

 

Numerical Obsessions

 

Another common form of OCD involves numerical obsessions. Numerical obsessions may involve repeatedly counting backwards from a certain number or performing a specific act a certain number of times. Often checking rituals have a numerical component to them such that the sufferer has to check something a certain number of times before they can proceed. Numerical obsessions may lso include performing rituals in specific sequences or feeling anxious when the radio dial is slightly off-centre, or when it's an odd numbered day of the month, for example. It may also involve aspects of numerology and seeing secret 'codes' everywhere. Again, this only becomes a problem when it really begins to impact on your life.

 

 

 

 

Spiritual / Religious / Occult Fears

 

Occasionally OCD will manifest as strong feelings of anxiety or fear around spiritual, religious, or occult themes. The sufferer may experience an overbearing sense of religious guilt, or paralysing fears of sin, eternal damnation, or possession by evil spirits. They may be concerned about witchcraft or black magic, or they may experience intrusive distressing blasphemous thoughts. Alternatively sufferers may be driven to ruminate about the end of the world or judgement day to such a degree that it interferes with their day-to-day life. Sufferers may also experience strong feelings of anxiety or depression in relation to such things as parallel universes or concepts such as 'time' or 'infinity'.

 

 

 

 

Various impulse control issues

 

Another type of OCD involves a number of behavioural patterns commonly referred to as impulse control disorders. These include trichotillomania (hair pulling), demerotillomania (skin picking), onychophagia (nail-biting), and various tic disorders

 

 

 

 

Pure 'o'

 

While the term OCD typically refers to fears, known as obsessions, that are coupled with ways to try and lessen or neutralise the fear, i.e. compulsions, in some cases the compulsive element doesn't occur or is less obvious than say, compulsive washing would be. Such cases are often referred to as pure 'o', or pure obsessions. In many ways pure 'o' could be thought of as a purely psychological form of OCD, with the obsessive element being a fixation on a particular worry or concern, and the compulsive element being a need to keep returning to the thought or idea to check if it's still a problem.

 

 

 

 

 

WHY AM I FEELING SO ANXIOUS?

 

There can be any number of potential causes of OCD and its concomitant anxiety so I work with people on a individual basis to provide them with the space, support, and skills to get to the root of the problem. No matter what you’re going through right now, I want you to know that you’re not weak, and you’re not crazy or weird. If you were crazy you wouldn’t be worried about what’s happening and you wouldn’t be exploring ways to help yourself improve things! If you're struggling to make sense of what you’re currently experiencing, the simplest way I can help to explain what’s happening is that you have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind, and the reason you may be struggling to make sense of your anxiety is that it has something to do with your unconscious mind; the part of your mind you can’t ordinarily 'see'. Far from being some scary place as some people think, your unconscious mind comprises a number of different brain regions whose job is simply to process lots of information in the background so you don’t have to...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy way to think of it is that your brain is like a computer. Your conscious mind is the computer screen on which you can see images and perform certain tasks, whereas your unconscious mind is everything that’s happening inside the computer that you can’t see - it’s all the algorithms and number crunching. Your OCD, then, could be thought of as a bit like an ‘error’ message that’s popped up on the screen. You can see it, but you might not know why it’s popped up or how to fix it. My job is like a ‘tech guy’ you take your computer to after you’ve tried to sort things out by yourself. I use various tools and techniques to help you quickly work out what’s going on and get you back up and running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING HELP FOR YOUR ANXIETY

 

One of the less talked about benefits of therapy, beyond finding solutions to your anxiety, is that you walk away with a deeper level of self-insight, which enables you to feel more at peace with yourself and have better relationships with other people and the world around you. You feel like a better, stronger version of yourself, and you’re able to create a better life for yourself and the people around you. I’m sure you’ll see from the numerous verified reviews on my website that this isn’t just some shallow sales speak. Even though I’m in the business of therapy, I’m not the least bit interesting in selling you anything that won't benefit your life. My passion and joy comes from seeing real people make real transformations to their lives. I’m comfortable sharing with you that before I became a therapist I also needed some help in the past and it was hands-down the best thing I've ever done for myself. I aim for all my clients to walk away saying the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

HELP IS AT HAND

 

To use the American terminology, OCD sucks! You already know this. You wouldn’t be looking at this page otherwise! So allow me to reassure you that help is at hand. At The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic I’ve aimed to create a service that takes the fear and uncertainty out of getting help. I provide a range of different therapy services to help you resolve your OCD and any related issues and get back on your feet again. For your convenience I offer face-to-face consultations at my clinic in Bristol as well as providing online therapy sessions over Skype or FaceTime. I also offer a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss your needs in privacy and comfort - and so you can get a feel for if this is the right direction for you - without you having to spend a penny!

 

 

 

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WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

 

The initial consultation is a very relaxed and informal process that usually lasts around an hour. In the initial consultation we'll have a cup of tea or coffee and start by discussing your symptoms. I'll then ask you a few questions about your current life and background, as well as doing one or two quick questionnaires that will help me get to know you better. We will then discuss your treatment options and talk through any worries or concerns you may have. Once we agree on a way forward we'll arrange a date from which to commence. You are of course under no obligation to commence treatment if it doesn't feel right. It's important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable with. The main aim of the initial consultation is to provide us with an opportunity ensure we are well-suited to work together. I understand that therapy involves an input of your time and money so I make every effort to ensure you have a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

 

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME OVERCOME MY OCD?

 

Naturally most people don’t know what to do when things get out of control. Sometimes my clients have only just started experiencing fears and concerns, while others have been battling with strong OCD symptoms for a number of years. For some clients OCD is part of a broader range of symptoms and problems they are struggling with. Everybody's needs are different and over the years I developed a unique way of helping people that I refer to as Sequential Psychotherapy. Whether you're interested in a specific type of therapy such as hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy, analytical therapy, coherence therapy, or counselling, or you simply don't know what help you need, sequential psychotherapy draws on all these approaches to provide you with a map of what steps we can take to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. If, like most people, you're unsure of what therapy actually is and how it can help, or it all just seems a bit confusing and new, I made this easy-to-understand video to walk you through the basics...

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

 

If you want a down-to-earth professional therapist to guide you towards a resolution of your OCD you are warmly invited to get in touch using the contact form below and join me for a FREE initial consultation. Whether you're seeking a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, or counsellor in Bristol who can help with OCD, or you're seeking Online Skype therapy sessions for help overcoming OCD, just use the contact form below and let me know if you'd like to see me at my office in Bristol or online over Skype or FaceTime. I'll quickly get back to you with some available appointment times and then all you have to do is let me know which is most suitable for you. To answer the question we started with...

 

 

 

Where might you be six months from now? It depends on the choices you make today.

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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