Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
I’ve worked with many people who initially don’t fully want to stop the compulsions/rituals because the OCD voice has you believe that if you don’t carry out the rituals, something really bad will happen and naturally this makes you feel anxious!
After you’ve carried out the routines and survived, your brain rewards you with feel-good chemicals, calming the anxiety and reinforcing the unconscious belief that the rituals keep you safe.
The next time you feel anxious, the survival part of your brain hears the OCD voice telling you that something bad will happen if you don’t do the rituals and remembers all the times that you’ve done them and survived and chooses safety above all else.
You’re running a glitch in your operating system and I’ve got some gentle techniques that can probably help you with that.
If you’d like to have a free conversation to learn about how working with me on your OCD could help you, please contact me.
"Laurie has such a lovely manner and approach that it was easy to feel confidence in the approach she uses. One of the things we worked on was my fear of flying. Laurie did some work with me on this and gave me an exercise to do – I took 2 flights that were honestly the best flights I have had in my life. I almost enjoyed the experience. And this from someone who literally thinks every time they fly they will die in a ball of flames A miracle!!!!"
JS Godalming, Surrey
“Just wanted to thank you so much for all your help with my height fears. Wanted to let you know that I’ve just returned from 5 weeks travelling, where for the first time in my life I managed to go up mountains in both coaches and on trains – over really high viaducts etc. – as you know normally I would have avoided heights like the plague but now have hardly any hesitation in trying new “highs”.
As you know I was also terrified of going in a helicopter again after my past experiences but managed to go in one for about 2 and a half hours over the Grand Canyon – I must say I was apprehensive before going in it but practiced all the things you have taught me over the half a dozen sessions I spent with you and after the first 5 minutes in the air I managed to relax totally and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I could have spent all day in the air!
I can’t start to tell you how much this has all changed my life for the better and feel you have supplied me with the “tools” I need to overcome any fears in the future. Thank you so much for all your time and understanding.”
JF Moorgate London
“I started seeing Laurie in late September mainly for my fear of heights but it was obvious from the outset that I had other problems that were linked. We concentrated on the height problem over the next couple of months until I gradually started implementing the techniques that Laurie had taught me. My first challenge was walking cliffs in Dorset which I did find difficult but this was my first attempt at such a thing for over 25 years, so was to be expected. Over the Xmas holidays I stood in the middle of a narrow bridge in London and looked out across the Thames (This I have not been able to do previously, I used to walk really quickly over it not daring to look either side). I was beginning to get better! In January I was in Hong Kong and stood on the roof of a 34 storey building even looking over the edge at one point, I also went to the highest point of Hong Kong Island and stood on the viewing point. Most recently I stood near the edge of the Grand Canyon. I cannot thank Laurie enough for the help that she has given me. I use the techniques not just for my height phobia but whenever I feel anxious and the more I practise the better things are. It really has changed my life. Next challenge Spinaker Tower in Portsmouth.”
RS Belgravia London
“My 12 year old daughter had developed a phobia about travelling and it was getting to the point where we were not going out as a family because it was easier to stay at home. Laurie very kindly offered to help us and it completely changed our lives! My daughter had a couple of session with Laurie, I was present at both, during which she managed to understand the route of the problem and give my daughter advice on how to deal with her issues. My daughter felt very relaxed and comfortable talking to Laurie. At all times, Laurie explained what she was doing and why. After these two sessions my daughter announced herself “cured” and has been able to travel with no problem whatsoever and has even begun badgering us about a trip to New York! Laurie also provided “backup systems” for my daughter should a problem arise and was very keen to be kept informed on progress. We can not thank her enough.”