OCD Therapy

Find Relief from Intrusive Thoughts, Break the Cycle of Compulsions, and Regain Control

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of those mental health conditions that people sometimes joke about having. But just as feeling sad for a little while isn’t the same thing as being depressed, what most people refer to as “being OCD” bears very little resemblance to the actual condition.

Living with OCD is more than just a minor inconvenience— people who suffer from OCD often feel trapped by their own thoughts and actions, and trying to make the obsessions and compulsions stop only seems to make it worse.

If you are one of the many individuals grappling with OCD, you can break free from the cycle of intrusive thoughts and compulsions and experience a positive shift in your daily life through effective counselling.

OCD Therapy can help you gain control over your thoughts and actions, understand the obsessions and compulsions at their source, and provide relief from the distress that accompanies them.

What is OCD?

OCD is not just a casual term for perfectionism; it’s a mental health condition that affects individuals on a profound level. OCD has been defined as “a disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsessions). To get rid of the thoughts, they feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions).”

Often, people with OCD recognize that their thoughts are not realistic or even true. But that fact isn’t enough to stop them from going through intense distress in response to them and feeling unable to stop themselves from their compulsive actions in response. Although the actions may provide a small amount of relief, it is typically short-lived

OCD can have far-reaching consequences beyond its immediate symptoms. Individuals dealing with OCD may experience heightened stress, anxiety, and a significant impact on their overall quality of life. It’s important to note that, in some cases, untreated OCD can contribute to the development of more severe disorders, including eating disorders, substance abuse issues, and even suicidal thoughts.

Working with a therapist for OCD can help you find relief from intrusive thoughts, break the cycle of compulsions, and regain control over your mental well-being.

Am I Suffering From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

RECOGNIZING OCD SYMPTOMS

Simply having upsetting thoughts or engaging in repetitive actions doesn’t necessarily indicate OCD. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, It’s normal to reconsider or double-check things on occasion. Not every recurring thought qualifies as an obsession, and not all routines or habits fall into the category of compulsions. However, individuals with OCD typically exhibit the following characteristics:

Symptoms of OCD, Signs of OCD - Lack of Control

1. Lack of Control

Finding it challenging to control your obsessions or compulsions, even when acknowledging their excessive nature.

Symptoms of OCD, Signs of OCD

2. Time Investment

Spending more than one hour daily on obsessions or compulsions.

Symptoms of OCD, Signs of OCD Absence of Pleasure

3. Absence of Pleasure

Not deriving any pleasure from compulsions but might experience temporary relief from associated anxiety.

Symptoms of OCD, Signs of OCD Impact on Daily Life

4. Impact on Daily Life

Significant disruptions in daily life due to these persistent thoughts or behaviors.

A cycle of OCD may include obsessions leading to anxiety, which lead to compulsions to try and reduce the anxiety which then turn to relief although this is usually short lived. This then feeds back into obsessions.

Moreover, some individuals with OCD may also present with a tic disorder characterized by repetitive movements or sounds. Motor tics involve sudden, brief, repetitive movements like eye blinking, facial grimacing, shoulder shrugging, and head or shoulder jerking. Vocal tics encompass repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing, or grunting sounds. It’s not uncommon for those with OCD to coexist with a diagnosed mood disorder or anxiety disorder.

The Role of Therapy in Managing OCD

Embarking on a journey to manage OCD involves understanding effective therapeutic approaches. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy is considered the most effective psychotherapeutic treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). By collaborating with a trained therapist, individuals can progress through carefully controlled exposures to challenging situations. The goal is to help clients live with these thoughts without distress or resorting to compulsive actions. Roughly 70% of people with OCD who receive treatment experience significant improvements in mood and functioning.

In addition to ERP therapy, The International OCD Foundation reports that medication, particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are widely recognized as effective. For more information about this option and if it’s right for you, please speak with a psychiatrist or other licensed medical professional who is knowledgeable about OCD.

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Therapy transforms the chaos of OCD into a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, guiding individuals toward reclaiming control and finding peace within their thoughts

Our Therapists Can Help You Work Through OCD

If you are struggling with OCD and seeking support, our skilled therapists are dedicated to working with you towards freedom and peace. For more information about ERP or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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Local Therapist, Kitchener Waterloo Counselor, Kait Stamcos, MSW RSW

Kait Stamcos

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker,
Psychotherapist

Kait's commitment to tailoring approaches to each client ensures a personalized therapeutic experience, fostering growth and resilience

Therapist, Counselor, Megan Hendry, MSW RSW

Megan Hendry

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker,
Psychotherapist


Megan is deeply honoured and grateful to have the beautiful opportunity to walk alongside and support her clients as they face some of life’s gravest obstacles, and help to promote healing and lasting change within their lives

Therapist, Counselor, RSW, Trillium Counselling, Psychotherapist, Caroline Brousseau

Caroline Brousseau

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker,
Psychotherapist

I will help you feel proud to be who you are, and work towards a solution that is adapted to your own specific personality, values and dreams

Registered Therapist, Kitchener Waterloo Counselor, Brianna Comeau, MSW RSW

Brianna Comeau

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker,
Psychotherapist

I am passionate about empowering clients to embark on a journey of self-discovery, helping them navigate their innermost aspirations, and working together in a collaborative partnership towards meaningful personal growth

Therapist, Counselor, Katelyn Regier, MSW RSW

Katelyn Regier

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker,
Psychotherapist

I strongly believe that everyone has the capacity for change already within themselves – I aim to empower individuals towards their unique goals in ways that are meaningful to the life they want to live

Psychotherapist - Bradley Vasquez

Bradley Vasquez

MA, RP
Registered Psychotherapist


Brad believes that people are capable for change and have the strength to do so within themselves. He is thankful for the opportunity to work with clients in achieving their goals and supporting them throughout their journey

Amy - Clinical social worker MSW RSW

Amy King

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker,
Psychotherapist

Whatever your goal for therapy, Amy’s down to earth, client-centered, collaborative approach will help you work through the changes that you want to bring to your life, while developing deeper insight and strengthening resilience.

Registered Psychotherapist, Counselor, Catherine Lynn Roach, RP

Catherine Lynn Roach

RP, MACP
Registered Psychotherapist

My goal as a therapist is to help my client’s reach the goals that are important to them. I am passionate about helping my clients feel safe enough to explore their concerns and how together we can achieve their goals

Local Therapist, Kitchener Waterloo Counselor, Kisha Elliston, MSW RSW

Kisha Elliston

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker

Let’s not leave anyone out. Let us remember to extend a loving hand and remember that this journey called life is hard. I want to be alongside you in hopes to remind you of the beauty and strength that still exists within yourself, and within life. Together we can restore hope, restore faith, and restore love

Local Therapist, Kitchener Waterloo Counselor, Megan Pass MSW RSW

Megan Pass

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker,
Psychotherapist

It is an honor to be in a position to support and empower people when they are vulnerable by helping them recognize their own strengths and teach healthy coping skills

Therapist - Devon Jorge

Devon Jorge

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist & Clinical Director

My passion for truly understanding people’s personal experiences, feelings and their challenges go back as far as I can remember, and allows me to provide the best support possible during times of need

Therapist, Counselor, Milena Urbanajc, MSW RSW

Milena Urbanajc

MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

We all aim to live life to the fullest, but sometimes there is something that may be holding us back, and this is what we aim to work out in therapy