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OCD therapy

 

Structured treatment programs to help you break free from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Most people experience intrusive thoughts or compulsions at some point in their lives. Some people also demonstrate personality and behavioural quirks around liking things to be done perfectly or in a certain way. However this does not mean that we all have OCD.

OCD has become a colloquial term for any repetitive behaviour, but for those who suffer from clinically diagnosed OCD it can be a highly stressful and debilitating disorder

So what is OCD?

OCD is a form of anxiety that develops when a person repeatedly experiences intrusive, distressing and unwanted thoughts, images or urges (obsessions). These obsessions are distressing and leave people feeling they cannot control or stop the thoughts from occurring. 

While people with OCD often realise that their obsessional thoughts are irrational, they believe the only way to relieve their anxiety is to perform compulsive behaviours and rituals to prevent the outcomes that they fear. They attribute any relief from their anxiety to these compulsive behaviours – but the relief is short-lived, leaving OCD sufferers trapped in a cycle of needing to complete rituals to reduce their ongoing distress.

The more the rituals are performed, the more people feel the urge to perform them again next time they feel anxious or have distressing thoughts. As the frequency of the anxiety builds, rituals become extremely time consuming, and can get in the way of activities like school, hobbies, work, friendships and family activities.

Individuals with OCD will frequently avoid the situations that trigger their intrusive thoughts and rituals. 

OCD symptoms

Some of the more common obsessions experienced by adults with OCD include:

  • Contamination fears like bodily fluids, germs, environmental contaminations, chemicals and dirt
  • Fear of losing control and acting on impulses to harm oneself or others
  • Fear of violent of horrific images
  • Fear of being responsible for something terrible happening
  • Fear of harming someone by not being careful enough
  • Unwanted sexual thoughts or images
  • Religious obsessions such as fear of offending God, or excessive concern with right and wrong
  • Superstitious beliefs.

Some of the more common rituals and compulsions of adults with OCD include:

  • Repetitive hand washing and cleaning in a certain way
  • Repeatedly touching objects, a certain number of times or in a certain pattern
  • Checking to see that appliances are off or doors are locked
  • Checking that others were not harmed
  • Mental compulsions (repeating a word, praying or replacing “bad” thoughts with “good” ones)
  • Ordering or arranging objects in a particular way
  • Counting to a particular number or repeating actions a certain number of times or to finish tasks on a “good” or “safe” number
  • Rereading or rewriting
  • Repeatedly seeking reassurance or confessing the content of their thoughts to others.

What therapies do we offer?

We offer individual and group cognitive behaviour therapy that includes exposure and response prevention (ERP). This form of therapy is considered the “gold standard” treatment for OCD.  Exposure and Response Prevention involves gradually – and very carefully – facing the things that you avoid and that cause you distress, without completing your typical compulsions to reduce your anxiety. Doing this helps you to see that what you fear won’t actually happen, and that you are able to cope with any anxiety that you do experience. Typically any initial increase in anxiety caused by facing your fears quickly reduces.

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Who can assist me?

Dr Clair Lawson

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), Ph.D, Principal Clinical Psychologist

Sonja Williams

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), Clinical Psychologist

Rebecca Jamieson

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), Clinical Psychologist

Jane Norgard

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), Clinical Psychologist

Dr Sarah Hartley

D.Clin.Psych, PGDip, BSc (Hons), Clinical Psychologist

Dr Rachael Sim

BA, MA (Hons), DClinPsych, Clinical Psychologist

Clare Kwan

MA (Clinc Psych), BA (Hons) Psych, Clinical Psychologist

Sarah Hollingworth

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), Clinical Psychologist

Ellen Maclaine

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), Clinical Psychologist

Emma Burton

BSc (Hons), MPsych (Clinical) Clinical Psychologist (Registrar)

Katharina Targowski

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical) Clinical Psychologist (Registrar)

Dr Joel Howell

BSc (Hons), PhD (Clinical Psychology) Clinical Psychologist (Registrar)

Dr Kim Eaton

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD, Clinical Psychologist 

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Contact

Ph: (08) 6143 4499
Fax: (08) 9200 5696

Monday to Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 2:30pm

Locations

34 Coghlan Road,
Subiaco, Perth, 6008, WA

Level 1/20 Bayview Tce Claremont, Perth, 6010, WA

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Dr Clair Lawson

 

Dr Clair Lawson leads a highly professional, growing and diverse clinical psychology practice. Adopting a range of evidence-based approaches, Clair draws on 18 years of experience in child and adolescent mental health to inform her therapy for clients of all ages – with particular expertise in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

An active member of the clinical psychology field, Clair publishes papers and presents at international conferences. She also provides clinical supervision for her practice and Master of Clinical Psychology students at The University of Western Australia.

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Sonja Williams

 

Sonja Williams is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience providing assessment, therapy and corporate consulting.

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Rebecca Jamieson

 

Rebecca Jamieson graduated from the University of WA in 2005. Since this time she has had extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in public and private health services. She provides individualised evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health difficulties, including the treatment of anxiety disorders, for example, generalised anxiety, panic; depression; emotion regulation difficulties, including self-harm, and relationship difficulties. 

Rebecca is a member of the Psychologists Board of WA; Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and Member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists. 

Rebecca is a provider for Medicare and most private health insurers.

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Nichola Forster

 

Nichola Forster works mainly with adults and specialises in assisting people undergoing major life transitions especially where grief, loss and adjustment are dominant.

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Kelly Fullarton

 

Kelly Fullarton is primarily trained in cognitive behavioural therapy and has experience working with children, adolescents and adults who present with a wide range of mental health concerns.

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Jane Norgard

 

Jane Norgard has extensive experiencing working with children, adults and families a range of difficulties including grief and loss, parenting difficulties and anxious and depressive disorders.

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Gemma Bowden

 

Gemma graduated from UWA in 2000 and through her extensive work history, is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of presenting problems. Her areas of interest and expertise include the treatment of stress, anxiety (including worry, panic and social anxiety) and depression. With a passion for helping people develop resilience and coping strategies for life, Gemma also works with issues impacting peoples overall well-being including adjustment difficulties, work-related problems and relationship concerns.

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Michelle Lund

 

Michelle Lund has worked with children, adolescents and adults who experience a range of psychological issues since 2005. Michelle works in a collaborative, transparent and non-judgmental way using evidence based treatments including cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, mindfulness-based and schema therapy approaches to assist people with reaching their goals. Michelle has a particular interest in anxiety (social anxiety, panic, generalised anxiety, phobias) and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Dr Michelle Jongenelis

 

Dr Michelle Jongenelis works with adults who experience a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, bipolar, and stress. She is trained in the provision of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Meta-Cognitive Therapy. Michelle is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and has been a member of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy for over 10 years.

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DrAlicia Handley

 

Dr Alicia Handley has extensive experience helping adults, adolescents and children with a range of mental health difficulties. In particular, she works with individuals experiencing anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, eating disorders, low self-esteem, elevated perfectionism, stress, and adjustment difficulties. Alicia also provides assistance for behavioural problems in children and parenting difficulties.

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Dr Lucy Robertson

 

Dr Lucy Robertson is experienced in helping clients with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, low self-esteem, stress, relationship problems, and communication difficulties. Lucy uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based CBT, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Lucy completed an MPsych (Clinical) and PhD and has published research and presented at national and international conferences. Lucy is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a registered Medicare provider.

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Dr Jemma Todd

 

Dr Jemma Todd is experienced in working with adolescents, adults and families presenting with a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, chronic health-related difficulties, relationship difficulties, personality difficulties, psychosis, and drug and alcohol difficulties. Jemma uses evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, family therapy and mentalisation-based therapy. Jemma has completed a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and a PhD in psychology and has published research and presented at national and international conferences. She has also worked in community and hospital services in both Sydney and Melbourne.

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Sarah Hollingworth Clinical Psychologist

Sarah Hollingworth

 

Sarah Hollingworth has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Sarah provides a warm and supportive environment, tailoring treatment to the individual or family. She works with people who struggle with their mood, anxiety, trauma, school or relationship stresses, using a number of evidence based treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family systems therapy and mentalization-based therapy (MBT).

Sarah has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Family and Relationship Therapy. As an AHPRA approved supervisor, Sarah enjoys mentoring and supervising trainees and registrars. She has experience providing training programs to community groups around mental health.

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Ellen Maclaine

 

Ellen has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of mental health difficulties. She also has experience working with families experiencing parenting difficulties and is passionate about promoting the development of children’s emotional wellbeing skills. Ellen adopts a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness-based interventions

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Dr Emily Castell

 

Emily has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults for the management of symptoms relating to Social Anxiety, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, worry and rumination, Bipolar Disorder, interpersonal difficulties, and the development of social and coping skills. Emily’s aim is to deliver evidence-based psychological services that support individuals to work toward their goals. As such, Emily’s position is therapy is collaborative and seeks to develop a strong working relationship with clients. Emily believes that therapy should be inclusive, and she is passionate about making information accessible to individuals with diverse abilities and needs. Emily employs a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Meta-Cognitive Therapy.

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Emma Burton

Emma Burton

 

Emma has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of issues. She works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, adjustment difficulties, and perinatal mental health issues. Emma also works with families to address behavioural issues in children and parenting strategies. Using evidence-based approaches to treatment, including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness interventions, Emma tailors her treatment to the needs of each person.

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Katharina Targowski

 

Katharina (Kasia) has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of mental health difficulties. She is experienced in helping individuals better manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia nervosa. She is especially passionate about working with gender-diverse youth, individuals presenting with symptoms of disordered eating, and their families. She adopts a variety of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

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Dr Sarah Hartley

With 14 years’ experience in clinical psychology, Sarah has worked with individuals in both the public and private sectors and she has supervised Masters students at the University of Technology Sydney.

After gaining her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Oxford in the UK, Sarah relocated to Australia, where she has gained extensive experience treating people with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, complex trauma and schizophrenia.

She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Family Systems and Compassion Focused Therapy. 

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Dr Rachael Sim

 

Dr Rachael Sim has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families with a wide range of mental health concerns. Rachael uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), schema therapy, behavioural therapy, systemic family therapy and mindfulness approaxhes.

Rachael's aim is to provide an open, accepting and validating therapeutic alliance, with an individualised approach to give clients the skills they need to thrive and have meaningful and enjoyable lives. 

Rachael is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science. 

 

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Clare Kwan

Clare has 10 years of experience in providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and their families. She has worked across private, community-based and public health services in Perth as well as in Singapore. Clare provides evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health disorders. She is trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Child-Centred Play Therapy, Trauma-focused CBT, and Schema Therapy. She is passionate in providing a non-judgemental stance when assisting families and incorporates a warm collaborative approach. Clare has published a book chapter and has presented at international conferences. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Association (APS) and the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).

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Dr Joel Howell

 

Joel has experience supporting children, adolescents, and adults to navigate a range of experiences, including anxiety and mood disorders. Joel draws on a range of evidence-based approaches to treatment, including cognitive behavioural therapy, metacognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness interventions. Joel aims to provide a genuine and authentic therapeutic process with each treatment tailored to the needs of each person.  

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Dr Kim Eaton

 

Dr Kim Eaton adopts an individualised approach to her therapeutic work with children, adolescents, adults, and families, through tailoring intervention to individual need. She has experience in working with a range of presenting problems, including anxiety disorders such as panic, phobia, social and generalised anxiety, as well as depression across age groups, and eating disorders in children and adolescents. She assists families to address systemic, relationship, and communication issues. She is also experienced in parent-child work aimed at addressing behavioural difficulties in children. She is trained in the use of evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, and family systems therapy.

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BEN PEARCY

Ben Pearcy

 

Ben has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a range of mental health concerns. Ben has delivered therapeutic interventions for a variety of presenting problems including internet gaming disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, perfectionism, low self-esteem, eating disorders, chronic pain management and suicide prevention.

Ben has a curiosity that drives his interest in ensuring clients success and recovering using evidence-based practice, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based interventions and dialectical behaviour therapy skills.

Ben is currently a PhD candidate in clinical psychology, investigating internet gaming disorder.

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