OCD Treatment and Support

Arne Pedersen

Registered and Certified Counselling Hypnotherapist, Victoria, B.C.

Understanding OCD: Tools and Techniques for Regaining Control

OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, can significantly impact an individual’s daily functioning and overall quality of life. It is characterized by persistent, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours or rituals (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions can consume a significant amount of time and energy, interfering with work, relationships, and everyday activities. 

OCD often arises from past experiences that were too overwhelming or distressing to process emotionally. In these moments, the subconscious mind forms coping mechanisms for survival. These mechanisms can manifest as OCD symptoms, diverting attention away from what’s too emotionally challenging at the time. While these coping mechanisms may have initially served a protective role, they can become maladaptive over time, perpetuating the cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Thus, understanding the underlying mechanisms and root cause of OCD is essential for devising effective strategies to manage and overcome it.

Here are some tips to get you started on your journey towards overcoming OCD:

  1. Educate Yourself: Knowledge is power. Take the time to learn about OCD, its symptoms, and how it affects your thoughts and behaviours. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of OCD can help demystify the condition and empower you to take proactive steps towards managing it.
  1. Identify Triggers: Pay attention to situations, thoughts, or emotions that trigger your OCD symptoms. Keeping a journal can be helpful in identifying patterns and triggers. Once you recognize your triggers, you can develop strategies to cope with them effectively.
  1. Practice Mindfulness: Incorporating mindfulness techniques into your daily routine can be a powerful tool in overcoming OCD. Techniques like following the physical sensations of your breathing, meditating on full body awareness, and grounding exercises can help you stay present and calm, even in the face of obsessive thoughts and compulsive urges. By cultivating mindfulness, you can learn to observe your thoughts without judgment and reduce the intensity of OCD symptoms. Engage in practices that focus on reconnecting with your body with what you are doing in the present moment, rather than being off in thought while doing something else. These simple techniques can increase your awareness of bodily sensations and bring your attention back to the present moment, helping to alleviate the grip of OCD over time.
  1. Challenge Negative Thoughts: OCD often involves irrational or exaggerated fears and beliefs. Challenge these negative thoughts by asking yourself questions like, “Is this thought based on facts or assumptions?” or “What evidence do I have to support or reject this thought?” By questioning your thoughts, you can gain larger perspective and reduce their power over you.

Anchoring back to the present moment

By strengthening a stronger connection to your body and the reality around you, you can signal to your subconscious mind that you are safe, reducing the need for compulsive behaviours driven by the fight or flight response. Incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine can support you in breaking free from the cycle of obsessive thoughts and compulsions, allowing you to experience greater peace and stability.

Seek Professional Help 

While self-help strategies can be beneficial, seeking professional help from a qualified therapist experienced in treating OCD is essential for long-term recovery. Hypnotherapy and mindfulness techniques have  been shown to be very effective in treating OCD. An experienced therapist can provide personalized guidance, support, and accountability on your journey towards healing.

Maintain Momentum 

Remember, overcoming OCD is a journey, and it’s okay to seek help along the way. By implementing these tips and seeking professional support, you can reclaim control over your life and experience greater peace of mind. Consistency is key in overcoming OCD, and practicing therapeutic techniques regularly can help reinforce positive changes and prevent relapse. That’s why, when working with me, I provide a comprehensive audio program designed to support you in maintaining momentum and progress between our personal therapy sessions. 

If you’re ready to take the next step towards overcoming OCD, I invite you to schedule a free 1-hour zoom video consultation with me. Together, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your goals and live a life free from the limitations of OCD.