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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 journey is, 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 the things that really matter (their values). 

  • Increased awareness of thought and behaviour patterns.

  • Forming goals in harmony with values and beliefs.

  • Creating a more meaningful life.

  • Feeling more fulfilled.

  • Prioritising goals and breaking them down into manageable steps.

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

  • Increased well-being.

  • The ability to view events from new perspectives creating a more flexible way of thinking and approach to life.

  • Feeling more motivated.

  • Finding it easier to tolerate uncertainty.

  • Able to respond more effectively to unpleasant thoughts and feelings.

  • Becoming more mindful.

  • Returning to work or education.

  • Making career changes.

  • Improving relationships.

  • Taking up sports, hobbies and leisure activities.

  • Being more content.

Why choose me?

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.

My coaching is based on Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) tools and techniques, which is an area of psychology that I am passionate about.  ACT is becoming increasingly used by psychologists and in the NHS as a therapy for OCD, anxiety and other mental illnesses.  I use ACT exercises to help my clients reconnect with their values giving them new motivation to push though challenges, that up to now, may have been holding them back.

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 around themes such as harm, relationship, sexual orientation, driving, checking, Scrupulosity, decision making, magical thinking, sensorimotor, 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 goal setting starts to 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 about your future, knowing that despite your OCD you can achieve your goals and ambitions.

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); Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  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 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.  For me your OCD recovery comes first.  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 any other mental disorder and have not been diagnosed please seek help from a experienced Doctor or therapist.  Please note my coaching is not a treatment for OCD and is not designed to replace therapy.

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