Therapy for OCD & Intrusive Thoughts

Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be an intensely personal and distressing experience. It often feels like being trapped in a never-ending battle with your own mind. One of the most upsetting aspects is the persistence of irrational beliefs, even when you consciously know they are false. These intrusive thoughts, known as obsessions, can be highly disturbing and provoke overwhelming anxiety. They can range from fears of causing harm to others, concerns about contamination, or even distressing taboo thoughts. However, it's important to know that there is hope, and effective treatments like ERP, CBT, and EMDR can provide relief and help individuals regain control over their lives.

Free Yourself From Unwanted, Intrusive Thoughts

Overcome OCD by addressing underlying stress and anxiety through CBT, hypnotherapy and EMDR.

Laura Faiwiszewski, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
OCD, intrusive thoughts & obsessive thinking
EMDR, Hypnotherapy & CBT
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Irada Yunusova, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
OCD, intrusive thoughts & compulsions
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How We Work with OCD and Obsessive Thinking

Our therapists are Clinical Psychologists who excel in effectively treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and obsessive thinking. They employ a comprehensive approach that combines various evidence-based techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and hypnotherapy. Their expertise lies in addressing a wide range of OCD-related challenges, from intrusive thoughts to compulsive behaviors, resulting in highly successful outcomes.

The objective of therapy goes beyond symptom management; it revolves around guiding clients to break free from the distressing cycle of obsessive thinking and compulsions. What sets their approach apart is their profound understanding of the psychological factors underpinning OCD. With doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology and specialized training in EMDR for OCD and obsessive thinking, they utilize this technique to process and alleviate the underlying anxieties and traumas that often contribute to these issues. By seamlessly integrating EMDR with other modalities, they empower individuals to achieve a more balanced and manageable thought pattern. This holistic and effective approach recognizes that the challenges associated with OCD are rooted in deeper psychological complexities and strives to bring about lasting change and emotional relief.

"For many, OCD is more than just obsessions and compulsions; it's intertwined with internal conflicts and emotional distress. Our approach doesn't just manage symptoms; it addresses the emotional struggles at the core of OCD, offering a comprehensive solution."

Our Specialists in EMDR for OCD and Intrusive Thoughts

Dr. Laura Faiwiszewski

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Faiwiszewski is a specialist in treating OCD, particularly intrusive thoughts and obsessive thinking. Her approach incorporates a combination of therapeutic techniques, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and she places a strong emphasis on hypnotherapy as a powerful tool for reducing compulsive behaviors. Her expertise in OCD, along with the integration of hypnotherapy, offers an effective path to relieving the distress caused by this disorder.

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Dr. Irada Yunusova

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Yunusova's approach to treating OCD, which incorporates Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is not only effective in reducing compulsive behaviors but also in addressing the intrusive thoughts that trigger them. This comprehensive technique targets both the outward manifestations and the underlying thought patterns, providing individuals with a well-rounded approach to alleviate the distress associated with OCD. 

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How EMDR Alleviates OCD & Intrusive Thoughts

OCD can be deeply rooted in distressing life events that become entrenched, much like trauma, and manifest as obsessions. These obsessions often trigger compulsive behaviors and are closely linked to negative neural networks, which contain associated feelings and thoughts. This intricate connection between obsessions and distressing experiences highlights the potential effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in treating OCD. EMDR therapy can specifically target the distressing aspects of OCD, including triggers, past traumatic experiences, and even anticipated future situations that may provoke obsessions or compulsions. By addressing these underlying factors, EMDR aims to alleviate the grip of OCD and provide individuals with a pathway to relief.

FAQ About EMDR for OCD

Is EMDR a standalone treatment for OCD, or is it used in combination with other therapies?

EMDR can be used as a standalone treatment for OCD, but its most effective when combined with other therapeutic approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or exposure and response prevention (ERP) to address different aspects of OCD.

Can EMDR help with specific types of OCD, such as contamination fears or checking behaviors?

EMDR can be beneficial for various types of OCD, including those characterized by contamination fears, checking behaviors, intrusive thoughts, or other obsessions and compulsions. The therapy aims to address the underlying causes and triggers of OCD symptoms, regardless of the specific subtype.

Can EMDR help with medication-resistant OCD?

EMDR therapy may be considered as an option for individuals with medication-resistant OCD. It is particularly useful when OCD symptoms are related to traumatic experiences or past events. Our therapists can assess whether EMDR is appropriate for you.

What should I expect during an EMDR session for OCD?

During an EMDR session for OCD, you can expect to work closely with your therapist to identify and process distressing memories, triggers, or obsessions related to your OCD symptoms. The therapist will guide you through the EMDR protocol, which may include bilateral stimulation techniques, to help desensitize and reprocess these memories.

Are there any potential side effects or adverse reactions associated with EMDR for OCD?

While EMDR is generally considered safe, some individuals may experience emotional distress or temporary discomfort during sessions as they process difficult memories. These reactions are typically temporary and are part of the therapeutic process. It's crucial to communicate openly with your therapist about your experiences.

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