Therapy for OCD
Imagine not caring about the "what if" thoughts...
OCD Treatment Options:
OCD Treatment Outcomes:
Decreased time spent on compulsions
Decreased distress around intrusive thoughts
- Increased time doing what you love
- Clearer mental head space
OCD is arguably one of the most misunderstood and misidentified disorders despite up to 1 in 40 people having it. It is comprised of extremely distressing intrusive thoughts/images/urges which cause intense anxiety, and compulsions, either mental or physical, employed in attempt to ease the anxiety triggered by the obsession.
I often find people with this disorder to be some of the most caring individuals on this planet. This is exactly why the thoughts are so jarring and horrifying-- they are what the individual most fears becoming. The OCD brain believes that because a thought happened, it must be true/important/relevant. This is a false reality, and together, we will work on helping you learn to separate imagination from reality and understand that your thoughts only indicate what you care about and are not an indication of you becoming what you fear most. When these realities set in, compulsions eventually become unnecessary, and you will be back living the life you've longed to live.
As distressing as this disorder is, recovery is possible! Using evidence-based treatment strategies (treatments proven by research to be effective) is especially important when treating OCD, as other commonly used modalities can actually make symptoms worse. Not only do I specialize in treating the disorder, but I also have lived experience with OCD, making me extremely empathetic to the plight of my clients, and all the more passionate about them receiving proper treatment.
I have training in the three evidence-based treatment options for OCD: Exposure-Response Prevention, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Inference-Based CBT. Each of these treatment types have been shown to significantly decrease symptoms of OCD. The treatment strategy is chosen based upon collaborative conversation with the client.
If you are terrified of your thoughts and ready to get back to truly living again, please reach out today.
Therapy for OCD
Online course for family members now available! Click here.
"Lauren Spencer...has helped me understand more fully how OCD works and has provided me with the tools needed to keep my OCD from taking over my world. She explains each facet of this mental illness and has provided me with tasks that have helped me live a fuller life. She is an OCD specialist who completely understands what someone who suffers from it deals with on a daily basis."
OCD Family Member Support Group
Loving someone with OCD can be confusing, challenging, and sometimes even painful. I hold an online support group for people who love someone with OCD. In it, you will learn how the OCD brain works, ways to support your person without accommodating the OCD, and be supported in your own struggles by fellow family members.