Are you struggling with intrusive thoughts? Suspect or know you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Tried other treatments with no success?
Like with many mental health challenges, OCD is a spectrum and can impact people in a variety of different ways. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not as commonly understood as depression and anxiety. It’s also often misrepresented in the media as only being about commonly demonstrated behaviours such as cleaning, needing symmetry and/or checking things. While these symptoms can be part of OCD, many people with OCD may not experience those particular symptoms.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder manifests under two main symptom categories;
Intrusive thoughts that are anxiety inducing (obsessions) and/or compulsive behaviours that someone might take to try to minimize the anxiety (compulsions). It's possible for someone with OCD to experience the intrusive thoughts without the compulsive behaviours.
Intrusive thoughts look different for all. These thoughts may be about your relationships, professional life, beliefs or values, or even your existence. You may be struggling to understand where they are coming from, why they are happening and why you can't seem to control them. Whatever these thoughts look like, they are likely paired with an intolerance for uncertainty, a need to know what is going to happen or how to figure something out.
As with any mental health challenge, people are more complex than any one mental illness they may be living with. Our approach is client-centered and integrative. This means that based on your unique situation, a range of techniques will be utilized. This includes approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion- focused therapy, or even attachment-based approaches. This provides the opportunity to work on other issues beyond just OCD symptoms.
Given how misunderstood this disorder tends to be, individuals with OCD may feel more comfortable working with someone who has a more intimate understanding of their unique challenges. At Blossom Psychotherapy, team member Jenny Soupionis, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), specializes in working with people with OCD and/or who are struggling with OCD symptoms. Jenny is trained in and can utilize a number of psychotherapeutic modalities, including Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention, which is considered the gold standard for OCD treatment
This commitment free consultation will give you the opportunity to get to know
Jenny Soupionis, assess if it's a good fit, and address any questions you might have about the process.
Jenny was drawn to working with individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder because it is quite often a misunderstood disorder, and it often goes misdiagnosed.
"I am drawn to working with individuals navigating OCD because it is often a misunderstood and undertreated condition, which can cause a lot of suffering to the individual, and often to those close to them.
I chose to train in Exposure and Response Prevention (which is a form of CBT) because it has been found to be helpful for people with OCD, yet there are not many therapists trained in this.
I believe there is a need for more therapists who understand OCD and are familiar with effective treatment approaches. I am passionate about continuing to expand both my knowledge and skill set in this area. "
Jenny sees the value in having a therapist that ‘gets it’. It’s Jenny’s goal to provide this space for people seeking treatment for their OCD.
We welcome your questions!
We cannot medically diagnose Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. However, many people who do not have or do not want a medical diagnosis are still seeking support! Having an official diagnosis is not necessary in order to receive support and explore options for therapy.
A client's relationship with their therapist has been cited as one of the most important factors of success in therapy. Get to know Jenny by booking a commitment free consultation call today!
The focus of ERP therapy is to practice being around things that you fear. For example a client who is afraid of contamination may need to immediately wash their hands after touching a surface. The fear comes from intrusive thoughts about what might go wrong for example, “Am I going to contaminate myself, someone else? What terrible thing is going to happen?”
Exposure and Response Prevention therapy involves gradually exposing an individual to the thoughts, situations, and objects that trigger their anxiety and/or provoke their intrusive thoughts and preventing the compulsive responses. These repeated exposures diminish the power of OCD and the anxiety, making triggers manageable. This reduces the individual’s need to engage in compulsions or the need to "neutralize" the trigger.
This can empower you to gain control over their impulsive behaviours and potentially reduce the impact of anxiety-inducing situations.
As a psychotherapist, my aim is to offer a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental space to work through any issues and difficulties that may be troubling you. My approach is client-centred and integrative, drawing upon theories and techniques from a range of modalities, as they relate to your own distinct therapeutic goals and process. Such modalities include psychodynamic therapy, emotionally focused therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy, among others.
My hope is that our work together will bring about personal insight and awareness, the shedding of old defences and behaviour patterns that no longer serve you, improved interpersonal relationships, new ways of engaging with your thoughts and emotions, and coping with life’s challenges. It is my belief that the aim of psychotherapy is not to “fix”, but to help remove the obstacles to change and growth.
I hold a Master of Arts with a concentration in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier University. I can provide therapy in both English and Greek.