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Starting OCD counseling

What is OCD counseling?

OCD counseling is a specialized therapeutic approach aimed at supporting individuals coping with cbsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The goal of this counseling is to help clients manage and alleviate the distressing symptoms of OCD by systematically addressing their obsessive thought patterns and compulsive behaviors.

How does OCD counseling work?

In OCD counseling, Thriveworks Ashland therapists use cognitive-behavioral techniques, including exposure and response prevention, to assist you in addressing and managing your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. An OCD therapist will collaborate with you to identify and modify irrational thought patterns, while gradually and gently exposing you to anxiety-triggering situations, helping to disrupt the cycle of obsessive-compulsive rituals and promote healthier coping strategies.

Is OCD counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks OCD counseling in Ashland, VA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does OCD counseling last?

The number of sessions for OCD counseling is variable, contingent upon the individual's unique needs, the severity of their condition, and their progress during treatment. Typically, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), commonly used for OCD, comprises around 12 to 16 weekly sessions, but the exact session count can be customized based on the individual's response to treatment and therapeutic objectives. Some opt for a more extended duration to comprehensively manage symptoms and address complex issues.

Need more help deciding?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic and long-lasting disorder where an individual has an uncontrollable desire to repeat behaviors or thought patterns over and over again. OCD is a common mental health disorder. There is no cure for OCD but individuals can achieve a normal life if they receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. According to research, OCD is more common in women than in men and stress can increase the severity of the symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

Individuals with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can impact all facets of an individual’s life. Common obsession or compulsive symptoms include:

  • Fear of germs
  • Unwanted forbidden thoughts
  • Aggressive thoughts towards others or self
  • Having things in a perfect order
  • Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing
  • Ordering and arranging things in a preferred way repeatedly
  • Repeatedly checking on things
  • Compulsive counting
  • Can’t control his or her excessive thoughts or behaviors
  • Spends at least 1 hour a day with excessive thoughts
  • Behaviors do not provide peace or relief

Symptoms may vary, and they increase or subside over time. Many individuals try to avoid triggers to maintain their OCD and prevent episodes from getting worse or happening at all. Some engage in alcohol or drug use to calm their obsessive thoughts or actions. OCD symptoms in children are usually discovered by parents or teachers because they are able to observe their behavior on a daily basis.

Risk Factors

1) Genetics
Studies have determined that individuals with a family history of OCD are more likely to develop the disorder. It is even higher if the family member developed the disorder as a teen. Researchers continue to study genetic links to help improve early diagnosis.

2) Brain Function
Researchers believe that OCD symptoms are a result of brain abnormalities but have yet to determine in certain areas of the brain, but that connection is not clear. As more information is discovered, treatment for OCD will improve.

3) Environment
Individuals who have experienced trauma or abuse in childhood are at an increased risk for developing OCD. A doctor may do a physical exam and bloodwork to make sure that your symptoms aren’t related to another illness. Many doctors also interview their patients to determine if their OCD symptoms are in fact disrupting their life. From there a referral to a mental health professional will be made to begin proper treatment and therapy.

Treatments and Therapies

OCD is typically treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. Sometimes people with OCD also have other mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphic disorder.


Psychotherapy can be an effective treatment for individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder. Talk therapy can be helpful in treating patients and helping them find tools to help them combat their triggers and obsessive habits. Psychotherapy may also be used in conjunction with medication to help get OCD symptoms under control. Use of medication depends on the individual and severity of the symptoms. However, psychotherapy can help many OCD sufferers avoid medication for treatment.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Ashland therapists and counselors accept 4 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • United Healthcare | Optum

  • United Healthcare | Optum EAP

Self-pay costs at Ashland
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Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

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Talk therapy


Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Ashland is located in the same building as Ashland Internal Medicine, A16 Coding Training Institute, Primis, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, H&R Block, Commonwealth Clinic, and a USPS collection box. Nearby is a Food Lion grocery store, Best Dry Cleaners, Petco, Burkes Outlet, and Virginia ABC Store. A Truist bank is also nearby, as well as Fire & Chicken, El Azteca Ashland, and Starbucks restaurants. Across N Washington Highway is a Hardee’s and Wawa. South of the location is the intersection of N Washington Highway and England Street.

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(804) 531-3165

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