Long Island OCD Treatment – Therapists for OCD in Jericho, NY

Right Path Counseling is a Team of OCD Therapists on Long Island Treatment Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Other Forms of Anxiety

Obsessive compulsive disorder, often referred to as “OCD,” is a combination of two specific challenges that cause significant life distress. A person with OCD struggles with recurring negative thoughts, known as “obsessions,” that cause them to feel extreme distress. They then feel obligated to repeat a behavior, known as a “compulsion,” to eliminate that stress.

Right Path Counseling offers counseling and therapy for OCD in Jericho, NY. Our OCD therapists frequently work with individuals that have struggled with OCD but are ready to make a change. If that sounds like you or a loved one, give us a call at (516) 247-6457 or use our online form to contact our office, and we’ll match you with a therapist that is the best fit for you.

About Obsessions

In the field of psychotherapy, obsessions are unwanted, frequently recurring thoughts that cause someone distress. They are often irrational, and do not reflect on a person’s character, desires, needs, or personality. But they recur, again and again, causing more and more distress along the way. 

Examples of Obsessions

There are many different types of obsessions that a person can experience. Examples of these obsessions include:

  • Fears about contamination/germs.
  • Fears about losing control.
  • Fears about hurting yourself or others.
  • Fears about being a bad person, sinner, or “deviant” 
  • Fears about losing something or someone important to you.
  • Fears about safety or forgetting something important. 

Remember that these fears are irrational. That is often why they cause distress. A person may have a recurring obsession that they physically hurt someone close to them, and it causes them distress because they know they never would and are not sure why they struggle with that fear. 

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    About Compulsions

    Obsessions cause significant anxiety and stress, and because these are psychological “obsessions,” they also cannot easily go away on their own. Eventually, a person will discover a behavior that seems to reduce the anxiety. 

    Sometimes, that behavior will make sense at first. For example, someone concerned that they forgot to lock a door may check the lock. Other times, the behavior may also be irrational. For example, a person may discover that when their face, their anxiety about hurting a loved one is reduced.

    Over time, the person feels as though they “need” to perform this behavior in order to reduce the anxiety. They may also find that they need to do it more and more, sometimes beyond what is rational. That is what creates a compulsion – a repetitive behavior that a person uses to relieve the distress of the obsession. 

    Examples of Compulsions

    Almost anything can be a compulsion if the person felt like it relieved some distress. But most compulsions share common traits. Compulsive behaviors include:

    • Washing hands or showering more often than is necessary.
    • Physical checking behaviors, such as checking that you locked a door.
    • Mental checking behaviors, such as making sure you do not desire to hurt someone.
    • Repeating words, counting, or using other mental distractions.
    • Collecting things or refusing to throw away items.
    • Avoiding people or situations that relate to your obsessions.

    Hoarding disorder can be related to OCD. Many of those who struggle with hoarding on Long Island feel a strong fear that they’re going to forget something or lose something, and so they respond by hoarding items. These are all ways that compulsions can manifest.

    Man sitting on a sofa with a hand over his face in distress.

    What Causes OCD? 

    Obsessive compulsive disorder can be caused by many different factors. We explore these different factors in therapy. Some OCD can be traced back to specific events. Sometimes, exploring the cause requires a more in-depth discussion of your history and past experiences. In some cases, we may determine that the cause is not as important as the treatment, and use strategies like CBT to provide you with the treatment you need. 

    Some of the possible causes of OCD include:

    • Genetics
    • Trauma
    • Personal Loss
    • Other Anxiety
    • Medications
    • Cognitive Abnormalities

    Still, no matter the cause of OCD – including those that have a genetic predilection towards obsessive compulsive disorder, with evidence of it running in the family – OCD responds well to treatment. Here in Jericho on Long Island, we at Right Path Counseling support anyone that struggles with OCD no matter its cause, with OCD therapists that are familiar with many different strategies for treating the condition.

    Why Choose Right Path Counseling for OCD Treatment on Long Island?

    One of the most important factors for overcoming any mental health challenge, including obsessive compulsive disorder, is a connection with your therapist. OCD is a treatable condition, but working with someone you trust – and someone that is open to listening and understanding you – plays a very important role in the success of the treatment.

    Right Path Counseling prioritizes this connection. Our therapists build a connection with you that allow you both to work together towards long term solutions. Our office is conveniently located at Jericho Turnpike, close to Plainview, Hicksville, Syosset, and beyond. We have a full team of therapists that have been extensively trained not only in different therapy modalities, but also in making sure that you both develop the connection you need to thrive.

    We offer therapy that includes:

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Psychoanalytic Theory
    • Mindfulness
    • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
    • Behavior Modification

    We are also here to listen and get a better understanding of you and your needs. We know you have your choice in therapists. We take your OCD therapy very seriously, and are ready to take you forward and helping you take control over your anxiety and your mental health. Call us at any time or use our online form to learn more about our psychotherapy services. 

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