Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. The condition has two main parts - obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwelcome images, thoughts or urges that repeatedly appear in your mind. Compulsions are repetitive activities that you feel compelled to do and are usually due to a fear that something may happen to you or someone else should these activities not be actioned or completed. These obsessions and compulsions can be very distracting and anxiety provoking, significantly impacting on a person’s ability to fully participate in or complete daily activities.

How can Kate Meads Associates help?


If you are experiencing OCD, an assessment from Kate Meads Associates will focus on how your symptoms are affecting your life and preventing you from living your life as you wish. This could include something specific such as returning to, or remaining in, the workplace or engaging with activities that you used to enjoy. However it could be a more generalised decrease in your overall functional ability meaning you find it difficult to action or engage in any activities when your symptoms take over.

During the assessment your occupational therapist will need to have a detailed but sensitive conversation with you focusing on both your strengths and the areas where you are experiencing problems. To assist this process, your occupational therapist may utilise a variety of tools and strategies dependent on your needs.

As our focus at Kate Meads Associates is on helping you improve what you are able to do each day, our assessment will pay particular attention to your daily routine, including the roles you have, for example as a parent, an employee, a business executive etc. This will enable us to understand the impact your symptoms are having on your life and work with you to identify realistic and achievable goals to increase your functional performance and your overall quality of life.


Kate Meads Associates will produce a detailed yet accessible report of your assessment. The report will provide a summary of the barriers that get in the way of you fulfilling your roles and routines as you wish and make a number of recommendations that might help. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.

Therapies and treatment

If you believe that you have OCD, it is important to seek medical advice from a GP who will be able to explore medication options. In addition, occupational therapy is also an important part of overcoming OCD and reducing its impact on your life and this is where Kate Meads Associates can help.

Kate Meads Associates’ occupational therapists are highly trained and experienced - they are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve your functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths-based approach. Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve your goals and improve your functional performance.

Your occupational therapist will work with you to understand triggers, barriers and established strategies you currently use. They will also help you to learn and put into practice techniques that help control your symptoms as well as allowing you to focus on your roles and routines. These may include:-

  • Graded Exposure
  • Personal goal setting
  • Behavioural activation
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Establishing a Wellness Recovery Plan

Do you have difficulty…

  • Completing daily tasks or activities as your thoughts and compulsions are getting in the way?
  • Managing or performing day to day roles/responsibilities either at home, work or school?
  • Achieving a work/life balance?

If so, please contact one of our occupational therapists on 01264 326308 for a free “no obligation” telephone consultation to discuss your needs and find out how we may help.

View our case study about Paul, a 40 year old man with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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