OCD Therapy and Counseling with LICS

Caring, Accepting Therapists for OCD on Long Island with Long Island Counseling Services

Long Island Counseling Services offers a personalized approach to OCD therapy that is comfortable, safe, and judgment-free. We have a team of therapists capable of giving you the support you or your loved one needs to manage OCD systems, reduce discomfort, and find better coping habits for your concerns and worries.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder does not have to control your life. Find out more about our anxiety therapists by calling the office closest to you today at (516) 882-4544 in East Meadow, NY and (631) 380-3299 in Melville, NY. You can also reach us via our online form and we will call you as soon as we’re able.

Treatment for OCD on Long Island

Long Island Counseling Services offers comprehensive, research-based treatments for OCD that are each personalized to your specific struggles, background, and personality. We choose the OCD treatment that makes the most sense, together, with options that may include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Behavioral Modification
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Obsessive compulsive disorder responds very well to treatment, especially if you can find a therapist that matches well with you. We are so proud of the different counselors and therapists that are part of our team here at Long Island Counseling Services, and we look forward to helping you. 

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety related mental health challenge. A person with OCD struggles with what’s known as “obsessions,” which are recurring and intrusive thoughts that a person cannot control that also cause them to experience anxiety and stress. Examples of obsessions include:

  • Unwanted thoughts about germs/illness.
  • Unwanted thoughts about losing control.
  • Unwanted thoughts about personal or family safety.
  • Unwanted thoughts about being a sinner.
  • Unwanted thoughts about sexual “deviance” 
  • Unwanted thoughts about violence.

It is important to note that the term “obsession” in this case does not mean that you are interested in it. It is not an “obsession” in the way that we usually use language. For example, if you love a TV show and talk about it often, you may call yourself “obsessed” with the show. 

But in the mental health world, an “obsession” is an intrusive thought that you do not want, it does not represent your interests, and it is not something that you are interested in, nor is it something that represents you. It is a thought that causes you distress, yet it keeps coming back.

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that seem to relieve that stress/anxiety. A person that has an obsession with germs and contamination may wash their hands often. A person with an obsession about home safety may check the stove multiple times. A person that keeps worrying that they may hurt someone may check in their mind if they desire hurting someone (called a checking behavior) until they feel confident they still have control. Some of these behaviors can be unrelated to the obsession, and even occur by accident.

Because obsessions can be so upsetting, the person will often feel a need to repeat the behavior that relieved the stress. Eventually, they may feel they have to do it. This is called a compulsion. 

Let’s Get Started – Call Today

Obsessive compulsive disorder responds very well to treatment. But first, you have to seek it out. Tens of thousands of men, women, and children on Long Island live with OCD every day without seeking treatment. At Long Island Counseling Services, our goal is to create an environment where you’re ready to seek and commit to your long term mental health.

If you are ready to get the support you need, call Long Island Counseling Services today. We have our two offices in East Meadow and Melville, only a short drive away for most Long Island villages and towns. We are also licensed to provide online and remote therapy throughout the entire state of New York. Give us a call today to get matched with a therapist that is right for you.