Counseling for OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a mental health illness that is faced by a large number of people across the world. The obsessions and compulsions associated with the disorder cause significant distress to the person and necessitate effective treatment. Counseling for OCD is seen to be effective in helping the individuals cope with the disorder, and live a functional life.

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Symptoms of obsessions include:

  • Fear of contamination or dirt
  • Doubting and having difficulty tolerating uncertainty
  • Needing things orderly and symmetrical

Symptoms of Compulsions include:

  • Washing and cleaning
  • Checking
  • Counting
  • Orderliness
  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • Learned behavior
  • Changes in the brain
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  • In-patient
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Can be treated?

Symptoms like obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors make functioning quite difficult for a person who is fighting OCD. However, professional assistance can make a big difference in the recovery journey. OCD can be treated with the help of mental health professional. Treatment approaches include medication, psychotherapy, hospitalization, counseling, and more.

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Counselor for OCD

Who is a Counselor?

A counselor is a trained professional who helps individuals navigate mental health challenges and life's difficulties. They provide a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to express their feelings, explore their thoughts, and develop coping strategies. 

Counselors can specialize in various areas, including mental health, addiction, family and marriage, and career counseling.

What are the Qualifications of Counselors for OCD?

Counselors specializing in OCD typically hold a master's degree in counseling, psychology, or a related field. They have completed supervised clinical hours and passed a state licensing exam. 

Additionally, they have specific training and experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), particularly Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which is the gold standard treatment for OCD.

What Does an OCD Counselor Do?

An OCD counselor uses therapeutic techniques, primarily CBT and ERP, to help individuals manage their OCD symptoms. 

They guide individuals through exposure to their fears or obsessions without resorting to compulsions, gradually reducing the anxiety associated with these obsessions. They also provide tools and strategies to cope with anxiety and prevent relapse.

Difference Between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist & Counsellor?

A psychiatrist is a medical professional. They are doctors who specialize in psychiatry and use medications to treat mental illnesses. 

A psychologist is a mental health professional with an M.Phil or Ph.D. in psychology. They use various approaches based on psychology to treat the distressing symptoms people battle. 

A therapist and counselor focus on using approaches like talk therapy and more to treat OCD. 

These professionals together offer comprehensive and holistic recovery from OCD. 

What Diseases Are Treated by a Counselor?

Counselors treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, addiction, and personality disorders. They also help individuals cope with life's challenges, such as grief, stress, self-esteem issues, and relationship problems.

What Things to Expect During an Appointment With a Counselor?

During an appointment with a counselor, you can expect a safe, confidential space to discuss your thoughts and feelings. 

The counselor will ask questions to understand your concerns better and may use various therapeutic techniques to help you manage your symptoms. 

They will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your goals for therapy.

When to See a Counselor for OCD?

If OCD symptoms are causing significant distress, interfering with your daily life, or if you find yourself spending a lot of time dealing with obsessions or compulsions, it's time to see a counselor. Early intervention can prevent OCD from worsening and can improve your quality of life.

Why Should an Individual Consult an OCD Counselor?

Consulting an OCD counselor can provide the necessary tools to manage OCD symptoms effectively. 

They can help you understand your obsessions and compulsions, guide you through exposure exercises, and teach you strategies to handle anxiety. 

With their support, you can regain control over your life and reduce the impact of OCD on your daily activities.

How Often Does Someone Need to Visit an OCD Counselor?

The frequency of visits to an OCD counselor varies depending on the severity of the symptoms and the individual's progress. Initially, weekly sessions are common, but as individuals learn to manage their symptoms, sessions may be spaced out. 

The counselor will work with the individual to determine the most effective treatment schedule.

How to Find the Best OCD Counselor Near You?

Why Cadabams?

Cadabams has been the leading name in Indian mental healthcare for over three decades. Over the years we have built a reputation for providing accelerated and comprehensive recovery experiences for a diverse range of mental health disorders. 

Our advanced and proven treatment approaches set you on a holistic path to recovery, allowing you to live a happy and contented life. 

Facilities & Services within Cadabams.

Cadabams offers multiple treatment options for individuals who are battling mental health disorders. We have an expert and multidisciplinary team that customizes our proven treatment programs to meet your unique needs. Our treatment options include:

  • Outpatient Services: Our expert professionals offer consultations for a wide range of mental health disorders.
  • Hospitalization: In severe cases or in case of emergencies, hospitalization services are available at Cadabams with round-the-clock monitoring and advanced infrastructure.
  • Rehabilitation: Cadabams offers the most comprehensive rehabilitation experiences in the country allowing for recovery that is sustainable over a long period of time. 


A huge part of any professional-client relationship is trust. At Cadabams, we maintain the highest standards of confidentiality. No information about a person or their recovery journey is ever revealed without just cause. 


Can Counselors Cure OCD?

While there's no definitive cure for OCD, counselors can provide effective treatment strategies, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to manage symptoms and significantly improve the quality of life.

Are All Mental Disorders Treated by Counselors?

Counselors can treat a wide range of mental disorders, but the scope depends on their training and expertise. Severe psychiatric disorders may require a multidisciplinary approach involving psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

How does a Counselor Treat OCD?

A counselor treats OCD primarily using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, specifically Exposure and Response Prevention, which involves exposing individuals to their fears and teaching them to resist performing compulsions.

How to Consult an OCD Counselor Online?

You can consult an OCD counselor online by scheduling a virtual appointment through a trusted mental health platform or the counselor's official website. Cadabams, for instance, offers online counseling services with experienced professionals.

What Are Some Subspecialties of Psychology?

  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology

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