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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 Henrico 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 Henrico, 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.

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Short Pump Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Counseling

Many people joke about having Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but if you or your loved one has OCD it’s no laughing matter. OCD can clinically be broken down into two components. The obsessions part means that a person has repeated thoughts, urges or mental pictures that cause anxious feelings. They range from a fear of germs or getting contaminated, to seeing things around them as disorganized and out-of-place, thoughts of aggressive behavior towards others or themselves, and battling unwanted mental images that are sexual, harmful or religion-based.

The compulsions component refers to an individual with OCD having to repetitively act out certain behaviors in response to urges they have stemming from the obsessive part of their impairment. Those compulsive behaviors can include excessive hand washing or general cleaning, arranging items in a specific and precise fashion, counting repetitively, or constantly checking on the status of something around them like whether their home’s lights are on. These are also clinically referred to as “rituals”. People who experience OCD, which is about one percent of the adult U.S. population, may try to avoid certain situations that trigger their obsessions, or turn to drugs and alcohol to calm down. Children can also face the challenges of OCD, and over time parents or teachers tend to first recognize the issue.

Symptoms of OCD Include These

In addition to the signs of OCD mentioned above, if you or your loved one has this disorder it tends to present with these symptoms:

  • Spend at least one hour per day on their compulsive behaviors
  • Their daily lives include serious problems related to their thoughts and behaviors
  • Inability to control their thoughts and behaviors even when they recognize they are excessive
  • No pleasure is derived from their behaviors but they do experience a brief respite from the anxiety brought on by their obsessive thoughts

These symptoms can come and go, ease up over time, or conversely, they can get progressively worse. Some people with OCD may develop a persistent motor or vocalized tic. Vocal tics are things like repetitive throat-clearing, grunting or sniffing. Motor tics show up through sudden, quick repetitive body movements like an eye twitch. OCD has no known cause but certain risk factors seem to exist including genetics, childhood stress and trauma, and actual physical brain developmental differences in the frontal cortex and subcortical regions.

Treatments for OCD Include Outpatient Counseling

If you or your loved one has OCD, mental health professionals typically treat it with medications, counseling or a combination of both. What needs to be taken into consideration is whether the OCD-affected individual also has other mental disorders like depression, anxiety, or body dysmorphic disorder, which means a person falsely perceives that part of their body is abnormal. Medications utilized to treat OCD include serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Outpatient counseling, or coaching, approaches that have shown promise in children to adults with OCD include cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and other similar therapies such as habit reversal training. Researchers have also found that a type of CBT referred to as Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) also shows promise in counteracting compulsive behaviors. It is becoming an effective adjunctive counseling resource in addition to other methods. The bottom line is that when you or someone you love is being challenged by OCD there are effective treatments available including outpatient coaching services.

Thriveworks Henrico Counselors and Nurse Practitioners Understand OCD

As we’ve seen, when you or someone you care about experiences OCD it can cause other unhealthy conditions. Left unchecked, OCD can have a negative effect on your daily activities including relationships, schooling and job performance. You don’t have to go it alone any longer. At Thriveworks Henrico, VA our compassionate and helpful Counselors and Nurse Practitioners understand OCD and will work with you to overcome its tight grip as you progress towards a more positive outlook on life. For more information on our OCD coaching services, or how to become a certified Thriveworks Short Pump coach, call: (804) 205-3408 today or visit our Contact page now.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Henrico therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

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  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Trish is VERY good at listening and responding with the right questions to get to your issue and literally talk it out. Therapists in the past seemed to have canned suggestions not relating to my specific issues.
Read more Trish is VERY good at listening and responding with the right questions to get to your issue and literally talk it out. Therapists in the past seemed to have canned suggestions not relating to my specific issues.
Joe Jan 2024
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Jennifer is a very caring therapist. She listens attentively and asks leading questions. This helps you work out the answer yourself.
Read more Jennifer is a very caring therapist. She listens attentively and asks leading questions. This helps you work out the answer yourself.
Sharon Jan 2024
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I've worked with Domonique and I've seen the care and concern she provides her clients. She is invested in their wellbeing and offers clinically sound services. She is supportive, down to earth, but is also willing to tackle the tough issues, and by doing so, increases clients' growth and sets clients up for long-term success. She supported me in handling various major life changing situations.
Read more I've worked with Domonique and I've seen the care and concern she provides her clients. She is invested in their wellbeing and offers clinically sound services. She is supportive, down to earth, but is also willing to tackle the tough issues, and by doing so, increases clients' growth and sets clients up for long-term success. She supported me in handling various major life changing situations.
Short Pump Dec 2020
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I was drinking just to cope with my depression 9 months ago. I thought it was the drinking that caused me to be depressed and miserable. I was so in denial I didn’t see how depressed and sad I really was. I had no hope. Mary put everything in perspective for me and helped challenge me to change. She gave me a little tough love and guidance that I needed. With the help of Mary’s help, coping skills, -and medication, I feel like a new woman! Thanks Mary for all your help! You rock! ❤️
Read more I was drinking just to cope with my depression 9 months ago. I thought it was the drinking that caused me to be depressed and miserable. I was so in denial I didn’t see how depressed and sad I really was. I had no hope. Mary put everything in perspective for me and helped challenge me to change. She gave me a little tough love and guidance that I needed. With the help of Mary’s help, coping skills, -and medication, I feel like a new woman! Thanks Mary for all your help! You rock! ❤️
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I have used Roberta as a consultant for three years. Her consultations about therapeutic and ethical situations have been both professional and wise. I am a hospital chaplain at a busy hospital and for our most challenging cases, I turn to Roberta. She is responsive and empathetic. I highly recommend Roberta as both a therapist and consultant.
Read more I have used Roberta as a consultant for three years. Her consultations about therapeutic and ethical situations have been both professional and wise. I am a hospital chaplain at a busy hospital and for our most challenging cases, I turn to Roberta. She is responsive and empathetic. I highly recommend Roberta as both a therapist and consultant.
Short Pump Jul 2020
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Mary and I have worked together for the last two years. She has been instrumental in assisting me to reach my goal of being a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her clinical perspective, knowledge, and understanding of counseling principles has made an positive impact on how I approach my clients. Mary offers an abundance of education and clinical expertise that she easily shares with others. Mary demonstrates empathy, clinical knowledge, has a sense of humor, and realistic view of client needs. She has the ability to tap into the client's world which enhances their therapeutic experience.
Read more Mary and I have worked together for the last two years. She has been instrumental in assisting me to reach my goal of being a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her clinical perspective, knowledge, and understanding of counseling principles has made an positive impact on how I approach my clients. Mary offers an abundance of education and clinical expertise that she easily shares with others. Mary demonstrates empathy, clinical knowledge, has a sense of humor, and realistic view of client needs. She has the ability to tap into the client's world which enhances their therapeutic experience.
Short Pump Oct 2019
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I've worked with Caitlin Devey, and I've seen the care and concern she provides her clients. She is invested in their wellbeing and offers clinically sound services. Caitlin is supportive, down to earth, but is also willing to tackle the tough issues, and by doing so, increases clients' growth and sets clients up for long-term success.
Read more I've worked with Caitlin Devey, and I've seen the care and concern she provides her clients. She is invested in their wellbeing and offers clinically sound services. Caitlin is supportive, down to earth, but is also willing to tackle the tough issues, and by doing so, increases clients' growth and sets clients up for long-term success.
Short Pump Jun 2019
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Mrs. Lowenstein is one of my favorite people and one of the best supervisors I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Her commitment to my success as an MSW is nothing short of miraculous. She has advocated for me to get supervision from the Board of Social Work and has been next to me every step of my journey. Rebekah continues to go above and beyond for me and I have not doubt that she will do this for her clients as well. She is patient, funny, personable, competent, and one of the smartest women I know.
Read more Mrs. Lowenstein is one of my favorite people and one of the best supervisors I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Her commitment to my success as an MSW is nothing short of miraculous. She has advocated for me to get supervision from the Board of Social Work and has been next to me every step of my journey. Rebekah continues to go above and beyond for me and I have not doubt that she will do this for her clients as well. She is patient, funny, personable, competent, and one of the smartest women I know.
Short Pump Dec 2018
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Getting here

We share a building with Tranquility Yoni Steam. Across the street is Divine World Changers International Ministries. We are near the intersection of Gayton Road and Cambridge Drive.

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(804) 265-4857

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