Obsessive Behaviour & OCD
Obsessive behaviour and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are perhaps more common than is usually thought. A behaviour can be described as obsessive if it repeats unnecessarily and intrudes on your everyday functioning. The obsessive routine can start to take up a disproportionately large amount of time and may develop into a from of addiction. It’s often the case that one feels that something really bad may happen if they don’t follow this routine. In some instances, a person may harm themselves as part of their routine. Our therapists take self-harm seriously while respecting the individual’s choices. Our behavioural counsellors at The Grove offer confidential and professional therapy sessions which can focus on:
- Therapy for obsessive compulsive disorders
- Therapy for self-harm/self-injury
How can you benefit from behavioural counselling?
We often adopt a perspective that individuals involved in these patterns will be getting something out of the obsessive behavior; attempting to meet their needs in some way. It’s important to recognise this and the benefit that the compulsive behaviour can bring. Therapy can help uncover these underlying motivations and identify the unmet emotional needs that are often behind compulsive or obsessive behaviours.
The kind of issues that surface during this exploration can be an attempt to avoid uncontrollable events (often prompted by previous experience such as sudden bereavement, or a traumatic incident); creating a routine that is a safety behaviour to reduce the impact of an uncertain world or dangerous people; numbing the pain of rejection or loss ? or anything else that would otherwise be difficult to deal with. Our therapists who focus on behavioral counselling have specific expertise in working with people who show compulsive patterns of behaviour, facilitating them in finding meaning as a way out of these patterns, feeling safe enough to live free from obsessive and compulsive strategies.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) can also be beneficial in understanding and addressing compulsive behaviour. Several of our team members are trained in these approaches, so if this is of interest to you; please let us know when you enquire.
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