Counselling for OCD – Calgary NW

OCD Treatment Calgary NW Registered Psychologists

Virgil - calgary counselling psychologistNot all mental health professionals are trained in the gold-standard treatment for OCD, so it is critical to find one that is. At KM Counselling, you will work with Virgil Frusescu, a highly trained psychologist who has extensive experience treating OCD for a variety of clients using the most up-to-date exposure and response prevention (ERP) treatment methods. 

At KM Counselling, evidence-based practices are used to address both the cause of obsessions as well as ending the cycle of compulsive behaviours that negatively impact people’s lives. Your KM Counselling psychologist, Virgil Frusescu, will create a safe and effective therapy approach and will start the counselling process by assessing your current symptoms and collaborating with you to determine a treatment plan best suited for you. 

Virgil’s experience working in an OCD clinic has allowed him to work with individuals and their families in a comprehensive and client-centred approach to assess and treat all aspects that may impact individuals with OCD. 

OCD Treatment Calgary NW – Registered Psychologists

8 Varsity Estates Circle NW

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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Many people have routines or actions that they engage in as a result of a habit or in an effort to feel more comfortable. However, if you experience a pattern of thoughts and behaviours that are more than just habit or superstition that interferes with your daily life, it may be due to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  

OCD is a disorder that involves anxiety-inducing obsessive thoughts and behaviours that are performed in a compulsive way in order to alleviate the obsessions. OCD can have debilitating consequences that get in the way of healthy functioning. Areas of functioning that can be impacted include an individual’s relationships with others, work, school, and home life. People who experience OCD may feel very distressed, and may describe experiencing emotions such as doubt, guilt and shame that can feel very isolating and hopeless.

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Common types of obsessions include: 

  • Fears about germs and/or contamination
  • Worries about personal health and safety or the health and safety of others
  • Thoughts of violence towards themselves or others
  • Unwanted or taboo thoughts about religion or sex

Common types of compulsions include:

  • Cleaning rituals (e.g. washing, ordering/organizing)
  • Hoarding
  • Checking and counting (e.g. checking multiple times if a door was locked)
  • Excessive ruminating about a worry 

What is OCD?

What to do if I have Symptoms of OCD

obsessive-compulsive disorder therapy calgary nw - photo of kristin matthewsCoping with OCD can be difficult and is often challenging to manage on your own. Symptoms of OCD can also get worse if left untreated. If you have been struggling with OCD, it is important to seek help from a qualified mental health professional who has training in providing evidence-based treatment. 

Currently, the gold-standard counselling treatment for OCD is a type of cognitive-behavioural therapy called exposure and response prevention (ERP). This type of counselling treatment addresses both the obsessions and compulsions that are often present with OCD. ERP is an effective treatment for OCD that works by gradually exposing individuals to the stimuli that is associated with OCD-inducing anxiety and, over time, individuals learn to manage the anxiety that prompts the compulsive behaviour. 

Reach out to KM Counselling today to learn more about this effective treatment for OCD with our trained OCD psychologists.

Frequently Asked Questions 

OCD Treatment Calgary NW – Registered Psychologists 

What causes OCD to get worse?

Stress, other mental health disorders, and life changes such as a job or school change, are common things that can cause OCD to get worse. This is why KM Counselling psychologists provide comprehensive treatment for OCD. This treatment involves working with clients to develop helpful coping tools for managing other stressors and mental health disorders, in addition to treating the obsessive-compulsive component of OCD. This comprehensive approach can help clients experience sustainable and meaningful change. 

Is OCD Curable?

OCD is considered a chronic condition. This means that although it may never fully “go away” it can be successfully managed. The combination of counselling and medication has shown to significantly improve symptoms of OCD so that they no longer get in the way of daily life.

How long does OCD treatment take?

Treatment length will vary depending on the complexity and intensity of symptoms. However, OCD therapy typically ranges between three months to one year to successfully manage symptoms. 

Why should I choose KM Counselling for my OCD treatment?

At KM Counselling, Virgil Frusescu is highly trained in assessing, treating, and managing OCD and its associated disorders in both adolescents and adults. Virgil comes with his extensive knowledge of the complexity of OCD and experience in formal treatment. He strives to create a flexible, treatment approach that suites the needs of each unique client. 

If you are experiencing unwanted thoughts, a feeling of losing control, or repetitive behaviours that are getting in the way of your life, KM Counselling psychologists are here to help. Let’s connect today. 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment Calgary NW - Registered Psychologists

8 Varsity Estates Circle NW

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Free 15-min phone consultations