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If you are struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder, contact Brideswell Counselling and Psychotherapy today.
I offer a safe, non-judgmental environment in Kilcock, Co. Kildare, with counselling & psychotherapy services tailored to clients in Kildare, Dublin, Meath, and Wicklow.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder which manifests itself through repetitive behaviours a person feels compelled to do alongside uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts. An obsession is a thought which is involuntary and repeatedly recurs whilst a compulsion is a behaviour a person feels compelled to repeatedly act out. Often, compulsions can be acted out in an attempt to silence obsessions. Compulsions can grow increasingly demanding, which leads to greater feelings of anxiety if the compulsion is not performed.

Brideswell Counselling and Psychotherapy provides effective treatments through counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy to deliver long-term solutions for managing your OCD. No individual is the same and as such, therefore there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment. We work with each person we see on an individual basis in order to determine a treatment that will be effective for them. OCD can be a consuming disorder but there are treatment options available. 


If you are suffering from any the symptoms of OCD contact Brideswell Counselling and Psychotherapy today to begin working towards a practical solution.

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  • What is anxiety, and how do I know if I have it?
    Anxiety is a normal human emotion, but when it becomes excessive and interferes with daily life, it may be an anxiety disorder. Symptoms include excessive worry, restlessness, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty concentrating.
  • What types of anxiety disorders exist?
    Common types include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Specific Phobias. Each has unique characteristics and treatment approaches.
  • Can therapy help with anxiety?
    Absolutely. Psychotherapy, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), can be highly effective in treating anxiety. It helps individuals identify and manage triggers and develop coping strategies.
  • Is anxiety a lifelong condition?
    Not necessarily. With the right treatment and support, many people can effectively manage and even overcome their anxiety.
  • What should I expect during my first therapy session for anxiety?
    In your initial session, I will ask about your symptoms, history, and goals. Brideswell Counselling & Psychotherapy will work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan.
  • What is stress, and why is it important to address?
    Stress is a natural response to challenging situations, but when it becomes chronic or overwhelming, it can negatively impact our physical and mental health. Addressing stress is crucial because it can lead to various health problems, including anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments like heart disease.
  • How can counselling and psychotherapy help with stress management?
    My counselling and psychotherapy services provide a safe and supportive environment to explore the root causes of your stress. Our expert therapists employ evidence-based techniques to help you identify coping strategies, develop resilience, and manage stressors more effectively.
  • Can stress management techniques be incorporated into daily life?
    Absolutely. I will teach you practical stress management techniques that you can integrate into your daily routine. These may include mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques, and cognitive-behavioural strategies.
  • What are common OCD symptoms?
    Common symptoms include excessive cleaning, checking, counting, arranging, or intrusive thoughts about harm, contamination, or perfectionism.
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