Understanding OCD

Exploring Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterised by persistent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and irrational, excessive urges to perform certain actions (compulsions).

Common symptoms include repeated checking, intense cleaning, arranging items in a specific way, and hoarding unnecessary objects.

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Understanding OCD Symptoms

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) manifests through a combination of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours that significantly affect daily functioning.

Individuals may experience persistent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) that are intrusive and cause significant anxiety or distress.

Common obsessions include fears of contamination, aggressive impulses, or a need for symmetry and order.

These obsessions typically compel the individual to perform ritualistic actions (compulsions) aimed at reducing anxiety or preventing a feared event.

Compulsions can be both visible actions, like excessive handwashing or checking, and mental acts like counting or praying.

Despite providing temporary relief, these compulsions often escalate, creating a debilitating cycle that interferes with personal and professional life.

The impact of OCD goes beyond the individual, affecting relationships and social interactions.

The time-consuming nature of the compulsions can lead to significant disruptions in daily activities and responsibilities, often resulting in job loss or academic underperformance.

Socially, the fear of stigma or misunderstanding about their behaviours can lead individuals with OCD to withdraw from friends and family, increasing feelings of isolation and loneliness.

At Lee Psychology, we recognise the profound effects OCD can have on an individual’s life.

Our tailored therapies are designed to address the root causes of OCD, providing strategies to manage symptoms effectively and regain control over one’s life.

Exploring Effective Therapy Options for OCD

Comprehensive Treatment Approaches at Lee Psychology

Psychotherapy Options for OCD

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a highly effective treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that focuses on changing the patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind people’s difficulties, and so changing the way they feel.

It helps to retrain your brain to respond differently to obsessive thoughts, reducing the compulsion to perform rituals.


Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness.

It’s particularly useful in addressing the anxiety that underlies many OCD symptoms, helping to enhance control over compulsive behaviours and thought patterns.

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cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy for OCD

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Combining the principles of CBT with the focused psychological state of hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is tailored specifically for those who might not fully respond to traditional CBT.

It offers a dual approach to managing the intrusive thoughts and ritualistic behaviours of OCD.

Meet Paul & Joan

Paul lee bsc msc (psych) & joan lee d.hyp (adv)

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Paul Lee

Mental Health Psychologist

With over 15 years of clinical experience, Paul specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy, helping clients transform their thought patterns and behaviours.

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Joan Lee


Joan integrates hypnotherapy with traditional therapeutic practices to offer innovative solutions for a wide range of mental health problems.

Ready to Transform Your Life?

If you’re struggling with OCD, you’re not alone. Contact Lee Psychology today to discover how our specialised therapy methods can help you regain control and find relief.