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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

At Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre, our compassionate, experienced therapists provide evidence-based care for OCD. We offer personalized treatment plans in a safe environment, helping clients explore their thoughts, learn coping strategies, and regain control. Book your session today and take the first step towards a healthier, more balanced life.

What is OCD? What are OCD Symptoms?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition marked by persistent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions) that individuals feel compelled to perform. Symptoms include:

  • Obsessions: Intrusive thoughts causing anxiety, such as fear of germs, a need for order, or concerns about harm.
  • Compulsions: Actions to alleviate obsession-related anxiety, like excessive hand washing, checking, or rearranging items.
  • Difficulty controlling symptoms: Even recognizing their irrationality, individuals may struggle to manage their obsessions and compulsions.
  • Significant time consumption: These thoughts and behaviors can dominate daily life.
  • Distress: OCD causes considerable anxiety and distress.

If you or someone you know exhibits symptoms of OCD, seek help from a mental health professional. Treatment may involve therapy, medication, or both.

Common Types

There are many types of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the specific obsessions and compulsions can vary widely from person to person. Some common types of OCD include:

  • Contamination OCD: This type of OCD involves a fear of contamination or germs and may involve compulsions such as excessive hand washing or cleaning.
  • Checking OCD: This type of OCD involves a need to check and recheck things, such as locks, appliances, or the safety of loved ones.
  • Symmetry and ordering OCD: This type of OCD involves a need for symmetry and order, and may involve compulsions such as arranging objects in a specific way or needing to perform certain actions in a certain order.
  • Hoarding OCD: This type of OCD involves a difficulty discarding possessions, even if they are no longer needed or wanted, and may involve compulsions such as keeping and acquiring a large number of items.
  • Scrupulosity OCD: This type of OCD involves a fear of committing moral or religious transgressions and may involve compulsions such as excessive praying or confessing.

It is important to note that these are just a few examples and that OCD can manifest in many different ways. If you or someone you know is experiencing obsessions and compulsions that are causing significant distress or interfering with daily life, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional.

Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre's Approach

Why Seek Help for OCD

OCD can significantly impact a person’s quality of life: The obsessions and compulsions associated with OCD can take up a lot of time and energy, making it difficult for a person to focus on other activities or pursue their goals.

The obsessions and compulsions associated with OCD can be anxiety-provoking and can cause a person to feel overwhelmed and stressed.

The behaviors associated with OCD can be embarrassing or socially unacceptable, leading a person to feel isolated from others.

The sooner a person with OCD seeks treatment, the more effective it is likely to be. It is important to seek help as soon as you start to notice symptoms of OCD.

Treatment for OCD

The most effective treatment options for OCD are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and/or medication. The most effective form of CBT is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which has strong evidence supporting its use in the treatment of OCD. Additionally, medications called serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) can be effective in treating OCD.

How Can Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Help with OCD?

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) that is specifically designed to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). ERP involves exposing a person to their obsessive thoughts and the situations that trigger their compulsions, and then helping them learn to resist performing the compulsive behaviors.

The goal of ERP is to help a person with OCD learn to tolerate the anxiety and discomfort that comes with their obsessive thoughts and gradually reduce their compulsive behaviors. By gradually exposing themselves to their feared thoughts and situations and learning to cope with the anxiety and discomfort that comes with it, a person with OCD can learn to overcome their obsessions and reduce their compulsions.

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Benefits of Seeking Counselling for OCD

At Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre, seeking counseling for OCD offers numerous benefits. Our compassionate therapists provide personalized, evidence-based care, helping clients manage symptoms, reduce anxiety, and improve daily functioning. In a supportive environment, clients develop coping strategies and regain control over their lives. Book your session today and start your journey to wellness.


Why Choose Lotus Therapy?

Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre provides compassionate, trauma-informed care through holistic, evidence-based practices in an inclusive environment, offering flexible scheduling and low-cost options to ensure accessible, quality mental health support.

Compassionate Care in a Safe Space

At Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre, our highly skilled clinicians provide a safe, inclusive space where compassion and connection foster profound healing and personal growth.

Holistic, Trauma-Informed Approach

We utilize a holistic, trauma-informed approach, integrating mind, body, and nervous system techniques to address core issues and unlock your potential.

Flexible and Accessible Quality Service

Committed to accessible care, we offer flexible appointments, including evenings and weekends, and low-cost options without compromising our evidence-based, quality service.

Downtown Vancouver

938 Howe Street, Suite 703, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9.


3030 Lincoln Ave #211, Coquitlam, BC V3B 6B4

“There is a wisdom in trauma when we realize that our traumatic responses and imprints are not ourselves and that we can work them through and thus become ourselves.”

― Gabor Mate