Obsessive compulsive disorder counselling

How to get started

Find the right Psychologist

Most of our psychologists work in the Melbourne CBD Clinic, and the rest in different locations across Melbourne. You can find out all about our psychologists – when, where and what issues they work with – on our online booking portal or you can call our reception on 03 96291001.

Personal Matching

We recommend that your first step is a Personal Matching appointment. Research shows that the key to successful outcomes is the relationship between client and psychologist. At Psychology Melbourne, we don't leave that to chance. We offer a personal matching session with one of our trained Matching Psychologists who will expertly choose the right psychologist for you and your issues.

Fees & rebates

GP Referral

All our psychologists are registered with Medicare, allowing clients with a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from their GP to receive a substantial rebate.

Note that you do not require a referral from a GP unless you intend to claim a Medicare rebate.

Find out more about MHCP Medicare rebate.

Information for referring GPs

Opening hours

Reception is open:
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 7 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
closed public holidays

After hours appointments may also be available.

Find out more about our counselling hours and appointments.

Phone & video counselling

If you are can't get to the clinic, you can use our secure phone and video counselling services. This allows you to get expert, effective psychological help from your home, but also from work or your hotel room when you’re interstate or overseas.

FAQs

See answers to frequently asked questions about our clinics, treatment, EAP, fees and rebates.

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"The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."

—Erich Fromm

What is Obsessive-Compulsive disorder?

Quite often, people make comments about “having OCD”, usually when they have a specific or particular way of doing things. Everyone has intrusive or distressing thoughts occasionally, however they generally pass with time. It is easy to be blasé about this disorder due to its representation in popular media, however it has severe impact on those living with it.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety disorder that involves either obsessions or compulsions. Rather than the source of anxiety being an external cause (for example, fear of being judged by others in social anxiety), the feared thing is actually the person’s own obsessions and compulsions, and the consequences of not satisfying certain rituals to avoid these thoughts.

Obsessions are intrusive thoughts which the person affected tries to avoid. Compulsions are thoughts or actions taken to avoid these thoughts. Unfortunately, these obsessions and compulsions take up a significant amount of time and energy, and impact regular activities such as social life, work, school, and personal care.

Our practice utilises evidence-based systems, aimed at providing positive outcomes for those looking to reduce the impact of such disorders. We offer an initial matching session to find a suitable and supportive psychologist, specialised in treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Signs of OCD

Some signs of OCD can include:

What can cause Obsessive-Compulsive disorder?

It is generally thought that OCD has similar causes to generalised anxiety, that is, personal, genetic, and situational factors. OCD is the focusing of anxiety on a particular intrusive thought.

Thinking style is also a contributing factor due to what is called thought-action fusion. That is, the belief that thinking about something makes it reality. That is, a person who has repetitive thoughts about their house burning down may believe that their action of tapping the fire extinguisher 10 times before they leaves the house actually prevents the house burning down.

Helpful strategies

Professional help

Our psychologists at Psychology Melbourne are trained in various psychological techniques, which are highly effective in reducing the negative impact of OCD. Some treatment methods are similar to those used for anxiety, in particular Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. Working with a professional through your intrusive thoughts and addressing any unhelpful compulsions can be a helpful first step.

Another technique used specifically for OCD is exposure and ritual prevention (ERP), which involves gradually preventing compulsive behaviours, which exposes the person to the feared situation (lack of “protective” behaviour), allowing them to check their reality and realise that harm will not result if compulsive rituals are not conducted.

Support programs and group therapies can also be helpful.

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