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OCD Psychology in Reading: Find a Psychologist

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Everybody is different and every therapist is different so there are many different possible experiences during therapy. However there are a number of stages that you may go through.

Therapy is a positive and pro-active step, but at first you may feel nervous or shy, particularly if you have never done anything like this before.

You will be talking about things that are difficult. It may be the first time you have ever really talked about them so there's no denying that at times it will be hard. But because you are doing this in therapy you are not on your own, your therapist is there to help you and guide you. It's not uncommon to feel worse in the initial stages. You shouldn't feel put off by this. It means that something meaningful is happening, that the issues you are talking through are real and you are not avoiding the real problem. Stay with it, you will start to see a difference.

As time progresses you may start to experience a general shift in the way you think, feel or behave. Or, you may have 'breakthrough moments'. At those times something will suddenly make sense to you in a way it didn't before, or you will clearly see a way forward through a particular situation. The benefits of therapy will begin to take effect - you may see your symptoms start to decrease, you may begin to accept a difficult situation or you may begin to understand your own behaviour better and begin to be able to manage it positively. Overall you should be moving to a position where the issue that prompted you to seek therapy in the first place no longer dominates you.

For more information see "How Therapy Works" in the main menu.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) information

Symptoms of OCD:

Anxiety, Avoidance, Compulsions, Distress, Impairment, Obsessions and Repetitions

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends 1 Therapy for ocd:

1) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on how your thoughts (cognitions) affect your feelings and actions. It recognises and challenges negative thoughts that perpetuate the problems you experience. The objective of cognitive behavioural therapy is for you to experience healthier thoughts and emotions. View CBT Therapists for OCD
In and near Reading

Lesley Davies - Accredited  Counsellor
Lesley Davies
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  • Accredited Counsellor
  • Certificate CBT
  • OCD
  • Crees Meadow, Windlesham, GU20 6QA
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      12pm-8pm
    • Tue
      9am-8pm
    • Wed
      11am-7pm
    • Thu
      9am-8pm
    • Fri
      9am-6pm
  • Individual 70 Couple 80
  • 60% of enquirers became verified clients
  • 2 verified reviews 
"Lesley was really easy to talk to, she helped me get through a really difficult time in my life. Lesley helped me to understand what I was going through. We talked a lot about my childhood, which I hadn't realised had caused me so much pain, I enjoyed our chats, and always felt at ease and comfortable when I was with Lesley."
Within 18 miles

Eileen Mason - Registered Counsellor
Eileen Mason
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  • Registered Counsellor
  • Diploma CBT
  • OCD
  • Manor View, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, HP15 7SX
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      6pm-8pm
    • Tue
      3pm-7pm
    • Wed
      5pm-7pm
    • Thu
      9am-7pm
  • Individual 40
  • 47% of enquirers became verified clients
  • 2 verified reviews 
"Great listener, very kind and thoughtful. Easy to talk to, knowledgeable with a wealth of experience."
Within 19 miles

Emma Smith - Registered Counsellor
Emma Smith
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  • Registered Counsellor
  • Certificate CBT
  • OCD
  • Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford, GU3 2DT
  • Multiple times available +
    • Fri
      8am-3pm
    • Sat
      9am-12pm
  • Individual 50 Couple 70
  • 62% of enquirers became verified clients
  • 8 verified reviews 
"Excellent. Very easy to talk to and really helped me achieve my goals in therapy. I would highly recommend her."
Within 20 miles

Martin Jackson - Registered Counsellor
Martin Jackson
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  • Registered Counsellor
  • Certificate CBT
  • OCD
  • 26 Glebe Road, Egham, TW20 8BT
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      8am-9pm
    • Tue
      8am-9pm
    • Wed
      8am-9pm
    • Thu
      8am-9pm
    • Fri
      8am-9pm
    • Sat
      8am-9pm
    • Sun
      8am-1pm
  • Individual 40
  • 65% of enquirers became verified clients
  • 2 verified reviews 
"On my first session with Martin it was obvious he was a sincere and approachable man. My sessions have been very professional and my therapy has helped myself get a better understanding of who I am and what I want from my life. I look forward to my counselling sessions as it has developed my understanding of how counselling works in the real world - my world. Sessions are carried out in a friendly and safe environment, and should anyone want to visit a counsellor who can truly help look no further than Martin."
Within 21 miles

Matthew Stiff - Registered Psychologist
Matthew Stiff
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  • Registered Psychologist
  • Doctorate with CBT
  • OCD
  • John Eccles House, Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford, OX4 4GP
  • Multiple times available +
    • Mon
      8am-6:30pm
    • Tue
      8am-6:30pm
    • Wed
      8am-6:30pm
    • Thu
      10am-6pm
    • Fri
      8am-6:30pm
    • Sat
      8am-3pm
  • Individual £95 Couple £110
  • 39% of enquirers became verified clients


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