Online OCD Therapy
Professional Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) therapy, online via telehealth.
Obsessions and Compulsions are two different elements that have deep links into the roots of anxiety, fear and distress.
Obsessions are the uncomfortable, distressing and anxiety-inducing thoughts that enter your mind involuntarily.
They are just thoughts, uncontrollable to avoid. The issue with these obsessive thoughts is that they present themselves over and over again.
People struggling with obsessive thoughts often spend considerable time and energy trying to suppress, ignore or drown out these thoughts. They can sometimes resort to substances such as drugs or alcohol. These practices, however, are largely ineffective – often causing further mental health issues and actually reinforce the obsession.
Compulsions are the rituals or behaviours that mask or suppress the anxiety which the obsessive thoughts create. In most situations, the person with a compulsion disorder can recognise their behaviour or ritual has no link to the thought they fear or are trying to suppress. It’s also common that the person struggling with a compulsion is aware their compulsion is excessive or farcical.
You may have heard people whether in your daily life or on television refer to themselves endearingly as ‘OCD’ because they like to be clean and tidy, however, those individuals struggling with genuine obsessive-compulsive behaviour are dealing with a persistent and nagging mental illness – one which can greatly impact quality of life, professional performance and personal relationships.
According to statistics collected by the complex mental illness association SANE Australia, approximately 2% of Australians struggle with OCD to varying degrees of severity.
Obsessions and compulsions often start in childhood or through adolescence but can develop and intensify at any age. Many of the patients we treat at Online Psychologists Australia have struggled with their obsession for a number of years.
Online OCD Therapy delivered via telehealth is not a new concept and was already growing at a steady rate prior to 2020.
However, during the global pandemic two factors at play greatly accelerated the adoption of online OCD Therapy:
Forced social distancing which made e-health and online treatment the norm
Heightened levels of uncertainty as a result of ongoing health concerns, record levels of job-loss and unemployment dramatically increased levels of anxiety and stress in some people, exacerbating their obsessions as well as their compulsive behaviour.
At Online Psychologists Australia our team are well-trained in helping individuals manage and get over their OCD. Our team is skilled and supportive and will work through a wide range of evidence-based exercises which allow you to separate yourself from your distressing thoughts, to accept them and let them pass.
Medicare rebated OCD therapy with a professionally experienced Australian psychologist
One of the misconceptions with online OCD therapy, when compared to face-to-face treatment, is that it’s not claimable through Medicare – this is not the case.
At Online Psychologists Australia our sessions are rebated through Medicare.
You’ll be individually matched with an expert psychologist that best meets your unique needs and preferences so your online OCD therapy can be as effective as possible.
What are the common obsessions and compulsions we help patients with?
There’s a myth that somebody struggling with OCD cannot get better. This could not be further from reality, because with good treatment, support and consistency, people that have struggled with OCD can recover well.
A particular obsession and its severity can change over time, however, it’s common they are wildly exaggerated, intrusive versions of concerns that people may have from time to time, by the same notion, they can also be random or obscure thoughts. Common obsessions we see include:
Fear of self-harm or harm to others
Fear of losing control of yourself
Intrusive sexual or violent thoughts
Fear of contamination from germs, toxins, dirt, bacteria or other substances
Concerns or fears about illness or religious issues
Fear of loss or death of a loved one
Worries about how even or straight objects are
Fixation on numbers or colours being good/bad
These obsessions can be incredibly uncomfortable and distressing for a person struggling with OCD. These thoughts are often not one-off blips, but recurring ruminations.
As a result, a person suffering from OCD forms compulsive behaviours which temporarily alleviate the stress, panic or anxiety that the obsession causes.
Common compulsions we see include:
Excessive cleaning of the house, clothes and/or body
Repeatedly checking on doors and windows making sure they are locked, or repeatedly checking appliances to ensure they are off.
Forcing themselves to count objects, words, letters numbers
Repeating daily activities like making and remaking the bed, standing up and down or making sure the couch pillows are aligned a certain way
Tensing or releasing tension on muscles
Repeating phrases or sequences of words either out loud or in their mind
Constantly seeking reassurance from family members or friends
Doing things in multiples to check off a ‘good’ number
There is no finite list of obsessions or compulsions – it can really be anything. However, the pattern of behaviour, obsession, rumination and compulsion are still the same. With this in mind, feel assured that speaking to a highly skilled psychologist through Online Psychologists Australia will help you overcome your OCD struggle.
When is it time to seek professional help for OCD?
Whilst many Australians may experience intrusive, obsessive and uncomfortable thoughts, not all of them will reach a stage where their quality of life has been impacted.
There’s no hard and fast rule which defines when you should seek professional help, however it’s important to know OCD often presents itself alongside other mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety or panic disorders.
If your OCD is interfering with your personal or professional life, lowering your overall quality of life by:
- Forcing you to avoid or miss out on enjoyable situations
- Causing issues in your relationship
- Limiting your ability to perform at work
- Causing personal angst or stress
Then you have absolutely nothing to lose, and all to gain by speaking to a professional psychologist online. Speaking with a specialised psychologist online can
How do we offer OCD Therapy online?
At Online Psychologists Australia, all of our psychologists are expertly trained professionals with a history of success when treating patients struggling with OCD.
The Online Psychologists Australia team are confident in our ability to help you have a positive outcome, overcoming your obsession, achieving a mindful state which will result in a higher quality of life.
Getting OCD Therapy online with Online Psychologists Australia is Medicare rebated, allowing you to focus on recovery.
Our psychologists never prescribe a one-size fits all approach to OCD treatment, but rather employ a host of evidence-based treatments and methods proven to help you unlock the cause of your OCD issues and teach you methods to overcome your obsessive, intrusive thoughts. You can’t stop the waves in the ocean, but you can learn to surf.
Our psychological treatment methods create fantastic outcomes for our patients, the methods deliver not only great results in the short term, but also provide our patients with the tools required to cope when faced with obsessive thoughts in the future.
When helping a patient overcome OCD, these are a few of the gold-standard evidence-based methods which our psychologists may use:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
- Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
What are the benefits of engaging in OCD Therapy online?
The fact that the treatment is available online means the barrier to engaging is much lower – this makes it much easier for participants to take the first step and overcome OCD which is negatively impact their quality of life.
Other benefits of engaging in online phobia treatment include:
- Added flexibility around treatment times (after or even before regular working hours)
- Reduced pressure or treatment stress for the patient
- Private and discreet sessions
- Medicare rebated sessions
- Patients often feel more comfortable engaging in counselling online, and this can actually speed up their recovery process
- Patients are more likely to keep up consistent sessions due to added convenience
What can you expect from OCD Therapy?
Before you officially start your treatment – you’ll have a free 15-minute consultation so that we’re able to match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs, your specific OCD struggles and your treatment preferences.
Once you begin treatment, the psychologist treating you will take the time to understand you as an individual. You will find the conversation takes place in a completely safe, private and comforting manner – your highly skilled psychologist is there to help you, not to judge you.
Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, the psychologist treating you can draw on a range of evidence-based methodologies to help you recover from your OCD.
Completely overcoming OCD won’t happen overnight, and more often than not, you will have some ‘homework’ or tasks to perform in between sessions. These small tasks often involve being present and aware during day-to-day life and will help you make progress.
Get OCD Therapy online with a professional psychologist today
Reaching out and accessing support for your OCD can be tough, however, the benefits of doing so can be genuinely life-changing.
Our professional, empathetic and understanding team of psychologists are ready to help you overcome your OCD.
At Online Psychologists Australia, we offer a free, no obligation 15-minute consultation where we’ll personally match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs.
All of our sessions are claimable with Medicare rebates.
Get the help you need today.
"The privacy and comfort of having sessions online, but still face-to-face over Zoom made me feel so much more at ease. I was able to open-up much quicker and felt like I was making progress after just my first session."
What our clients are saying
"Being able to book in appointments that work around my schedule has been incredible. Speaking to Rob has had the most positive impact on my mental wellbeing given the isolation I experienced in 2020."
"The fact I was able to get medicare rebate on my sessions made the whole process so much easier. I've already recommended Online Psychologists Australia to a few friends that have been struggling lately.
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