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Exposure is based on the principle that anxiety or fear tends to go down once the person is exposed long enough to the anxiety-provoking stimulus. Moreover, a person who is obsessed about not getting germs, when repeatedly made to expose to objects with “germs”, can begin to gradually feel less and less anxious about it. Response Prevention implies not allowing the person with the obsession to engage in their compulsions, such as their ritualized washing hands on coming in contact with anything that has germs. In this way, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) helps the person with OCD overcome their anxiety, obsessions, and compulsive behaviours. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles can be used in conjunction to ERP treatment. A CBT therapist would help the person challenge their faulty assumptions related to their obsessive fears and resultant compulsions, making the person less likely to believe in their mind’s distorted and magnified fears.
For people who stay committed to taking CBT counselling sessions, 50-80% reduction in OCD symptoms is reported after 12-20 sessions. This positive change is lasting years after the treatment.
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How effective is Online Counselling for OCD?

Online counselling is found to be as effective as in-person counselling for treating OCD. Counselling, online or in-person, not only helps in reducing OCD symptoms but also makes long-lasting change so that the reduction in symptoms is consistent years after treatment has stopped.

What are the benefits of Online Counselling for OCD?

Online counselling makes therapy accessible and can ensure adherence to counselling sessions, which is essential for making long-lasting change in reducing OCD symptoms.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

Commitment and consistency to sessions is required for lasting change in reduction of OCD symptoms to happen. According to the severity of OCD symptoms, the person’s response to counseling sessions, and their commitment and consistency of taking sessions, number of sessions would be variable for each person.