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What is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a distressing condition which not only affects the sufferer, but in many cases family and friends.

Obsessions are repetitive, unproductive thoughts that are exaggerated, persistent and extremely distressing in a person suffering from OCD.

Compulsions are repetitive unproductive behaviours that OCD sufferers feel compelled to engage in.

It is known that the origins of OCD are biological, but the type of OCD you develop is based upon your environment. Barbara looks at both aspects with the aim of improving your OCD symptoms which will then have a positive impact upon the rest of your life.


Common OCD symptoms can be categorised as follows:

  • Washing and Cleaning.
    This may include avoiding touching things, washing excessively, cleaning house excessively, taking long showers/baths and being very concerned about germs and contamination.
  • Checking and Repeating.
    This may include repeated checking of things, repeat actions and worrying that someone may be harmed because of the sufferers’ action or lack of action.
  • Ordering.
    This may include having to be certain that things are in a specific order, spending time making sure things are in the right place, straightening things out or re-ordering contents of drawers, cupboards etc. and putting things in certain patterns.
  • Hoarding.
    This may include having difficulty throwing anything away, bringing home useless material, collecting newspapers etc. and not liking anyone else to touch possession.
  • Thinking Rituals.
    This may include repeating certain words of numbers in head, excessive praying, bad thoughts, making mental lists and always trying to think the right thing.
  • Worries and Obsessions.
    This may include being upset by certain thoughts that come into the head. These may be bizarre, frightening or shameful. Excessive worries that bad things may come true may be uppermost in the mind.
Dealing with OCD

OCD is a complex, multi-faceted disorder and therefore a single clinical approach rarely deals with all its aspects. Barbara makes a thorough assessment of the problem and then uses appropriate therapy for each individual. She does not use one single, uniform approach for this condition but utilises individual treatments specific for the client.