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Specialized Therapy for OCD in Atlanta

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects roughly 1 or 2 of every 100 people, and it occurs when you get stuck in a vicious cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions refer to unpleasant, intrusive thoughts, images, and/or urges, and they can take countless forms - including fears of becoming contaminated, hurting others, doing things incorrectly, acting in a sexually inappropriate way, and doing something immoral. Compulsions refer to behaviors that you - understandably - do to try to escape or control the obsessions and the unpleasant feelings they create. This cycle - while understandable - can become habitual and consume so much time and energy that it interferes with your life. Fortunately, evidence-based therapies exists for OCD, and most people who participate in treatment improve.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Torn pieces of paper with the words Obsessive compuls

"The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel us to unfold our powers."

-Erich Fromm

Break the cycle of OCD with Exposure and Response Prevention

ERP for OCD in Atlanta

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the most effective psychotherapy for OCD. It involves choosing to approach whatever triggers your unwanted, unpleasant thoughts, images, and/or urges (i.e., obsessions) while refraining from doing any behaviors (i.e., compulsions) aimed at decreasing or escaping the unwanted, unpleasant stuff. In short, ERP breaks the OCD cycle.

 

Participating in ERP is challenging AND you will learn meaningful things, including: that your obsessions likely won't come true, that your can cope with more than you expect you can, and that unpleasant feelings ultimately pass.

ERP + ACT for OCD

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that helps us learn to drop the struggle with unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and urges. This struggle tends to add to our emotional pain and consume our time and energy.

 

ACT compliments ERP by using mindfulness and acceptance techniques to help you gain psychological distance from unpleasant thoughts and feelings - including obsessions - which empowers you to do what matters most to you instead of what OCD says you HAVE to do - compulsions.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) helps you learn to stop the tug-of-war with your thoughts and feelings

Resources for OCD

Here's a YouTube video where a therapist explains how ERP works by describing an example.

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) provides helpful information about OCD. They also have a searchable database of OCD specialist therapists (see the "find help" section of their homepage).

 

Psychology Today also provides a searchable directory of therapists, and you can filter your results for therapists who provide exposure and response prevention.

 

I'd be happy to speak with you, too, as I provide evidence-based therapy for OCD. Check out the Get Started page.

Contact Dr. Kennedy

Submit your contact information, reason for contacting me, and I will be in touch. The Get Started page also has helpful information about initiating therapy with me.

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