Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Cognitive therapy (CT) is a psychological treatment which helps you to change your reaction to the thoughts, instead of trying to get rid of them. This is useful if you have worrying obsessional thoughts, but do not perform any rituals or actions to make yourself feel better.
It can be added to exposure treatment (ERP) to help overcome OCD.
It targets: unrealistic self-critical thoughts, such as: placing too much importance on your thoughts; overestimating the chances of something bad happening; taking responsibility for bad things happening, even when they are out of your control; trying to get rid of all risk in the lives of your loved ones; unpleasant, intrusive thoughts.
A cognitive therapist will help you to decide which of your ideas you want to change, and will help you to build new ideas that are more realistic, balanced, and helpful.
Regular contact with a professional usually happens every week or two weeks to start with. Up to ten hours of contact is recommended to start with, but you may need more (116).
If you require help and advice Counselling and Psychotherapy may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.