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Coaching when you have OCD

Moving on.

So you’re continuing with your therapy and you are making progress, I understand how hard this can be so well done! 

While in the grip of Obsessive Compulsive DIsorder (OCD) you may have put aside your dreams and life goals.  What now?  This new found freedom, though liberating, can also be overwhelming and scary.

 

Have you thought about how are you going to fill the gap left by OCD?  This is where coaching comes in. 

I can help you re-assess your future to discover what you want now.  With support and understanding you will be able to take the first steps on your journey forward. 

 

As you progress your confidence will grow.  Feeling empowered you will find the motivation to drive on towards a more fulfilling life.

Outcomes seen by previous clients.

  • Increased confidence and empowerment.

  • Re-focusing attention towards a positive outlook. 

  • Increased awareness of thought and behaviour patterns.

  • Forming goals in harmony with your values and beliefs.

  • Adopting positive thinking.

  • Prioritising goals and breaking them down into manageable steps.

  • Setting safeguards to ensure your goals are in sync with OCD recovery.

  • Reduced stress. 

  • The ability to view events from other perspectives creating a more open minded and positive approach to life.

  • Feeling more motivated.

  • Returning to work or education.

  • Making career changes.

  • Improving relationships.

  • Taking up sports, hobbies and leisure activities.

  • Being more content.

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Why choose a coach with OCD?

When you have OCD everyday activities, that others find easy, can be extremely difficult and stressful.  When you set goals a lot of the barriers that stand in your way are related to OCD.

Having OCD myself I understand the struggles, concerns and obstacles that stand in your way.  A coach that ‘gets it’ makes the coaching process easier, less stressful and more successful.  You don’t have to explain to me how OCD works, I already know.  We can therefore use your valuable time to concentrate entirely on your coaching.

Being honest is a vital part of the coaching process.  A lot of my clients feel uncomfortable talking to people who have no experience of OCD.  You may worry that if you are truly honest about your OCD you will be judged.  With me you don’t need to have this fear.  I’ve coached clients who have OCD themes such as Harm, Relationship, Sexual Orientation, Pure ‘O’, Paedophilia, Driving, Checking, Religious (Scrupulosity), Contamination and many more.

Having OCD myself means I can recognise even subtle 'reassurance seeking' which is detrimental to OCD recovery.  I will build your confidence by helping you to identify your strengths and skills without entering into the 'reassurance seeking' zone.  I use specialist questions, generally not used by other coaches, to ensure your goals will not interfere with OCD treatment and recovery.  I help you put safeguards and an action plan in place in case your goals have a negative affect on your recovery.

You will set and achieve goals in a non-judgemental, supportive and motivating environment.  You will be encouraged to challenge yourself without feeling overwhelmed.  You will leave sessions feeling enthusiastic and positive about your future, knowing that despite your OCD you can achieve your goals and ambitions.

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How do I know coaching is right for me?

My coaching process is designed for people who have made progress in therapy for OCD eg. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Exposure Response Prevention (ERP).  Before coaching commences it is important that you understand how OCD works and that you can recognise your triggers and the first signs of recovery relapse.

  • Are you making progress in your OCD recovery?

  • Do you understand how your OCD works and what your triggers are?

  • Do you want to make a positive change to a least one aspect of your life?

 

If you’ve answered yes to these questions then Coaching could be effective for you.  If you are still unsure then contact us.

What will my therapist say?

It is important that coaching complements and does not hinder your OCD treatment.  If you would like to discuss coaching with your therapist or doctor please download this ‘Guide to Coaching for Therapists’ so they can advise you.

If you feel you are suffering from OCD or other mental disorders and have not been diagnosed please seek help from a experienced Doctor or therapist. 

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