Following our October 2011 OCD Intensive Treatment Programme, we received some wonderful feedback from our clients. We have added all of these to our TESTIMONIES page for you all to read. But we would like to highlight one of the responses from a client called Anne.
I have long-term contamination OCD based on a fear of sewage/human waste with fluctuating control. Uncontrolled OCD has taken up hours of my day, months of my year and years of my life…. Although I still do compulsions, many of these compulsions are in my head and, at times, this results in hours of rumination with accompanying fear and doubt. This means that I often cannot concentrate on the book I am writing. And I find this extremely distressing and frustrating.
I have had many years of treatment both privately and on the NHS, but feel that private treatment is preferable because I can choose my own therapist and because I do not want to wait for therapy. When you have insufficient, little, or, no control over your OCD you simply do not want to wait months for therapy.
I just spent a week at the OCD Treatment Clinic and cannot tell you how helpful it has been for me. Being in a home setting, the clinic is warm and inviting. Doing therapy there is the closest thing to doing it at home. This makes it far easier to carry on your treatment on your own after treatment has ended.
Karen and Sharon are brilliant therapists. Because they have experienced and gained full control over their OCD I had complete trust in them. They do not ask a client to do therapy which they are not prepared to do themselves. I have done years of ERP and was facing my fears on a regular basis, but was still frightened of drains/toilets etc. So I clearly needed to be pushed even harder and to learn to sit out my fears without giving in to them.Some of the exposure tasks I carried out would frighten many who do not have OCD. Yet with Karen modeling for me they seemed much less frightening. Yes I did get anxious, but the anxiety subsided much faster than I had expected. The following day I wondered why I had been so terrified, as doing the tasks was much less frightening than the thought of doing them. Two days later I am still wearing my ‘contaminated’ clothes and feel totally okay about it.
Yet ERP is only a small part of this wonderful course. I have learned so much about the faulty beliefs which sustained my fears and the faulty techniques I was using to try to get rid of them. Changing my attitude and learning new helpful coping techniques will really help me to guard against a further relapse.
Doing this therapy alongside other sufferers was so valuable. We OCD’ers can feel so along and vulnerable at times. We can think that we are the only people in the world with these particular thoughts/fears. Sharing therapy made me feel needed, valued and supported. It was also a lot of fun at times. I have made some life long friends. Having an OCD buddy who I actually met will make keeping up my progress far easier. We can share our experiences and encourage each other to keep on facing our fears however hard things get.
The most valuable point is that doing a 25 hours intensive course gave me the kick start I so desperately needed. I did get tired; but it was so worth the effort I put into getting control. The progress I made in a week was truly outstanding.
Facing my fears has made me extremely proud of myself. It has also made me totally confident that I can continue progressing until I obtain the 99% control I so desire.
Karen and Sharon I cannot thanks you enough.
- Anne (October 2011)
We are always overjoyed to hear great feedback from all our clients, and we hope that by publishing them on the website they can inspire other sufferers to CONTACT US for help in taking back control of their own lives from this horrible anxiety disorder.