definitely just stick with your ocd specialist
Before I was diagnosed with OCD I was being treated for anxiety, my therapist was getting frustrated bc I wasn’t making progress and I started to notice what she was saying was similar to my negative self talk. I now think that treating OCD is something very specialized and I made the right decision changing therapist. It’s nothing personal. I just have to do what’s best for me.
What your talk therapist told u?
@hocdgirl What stuck with me was “you act like you can’t control yourself.” I was getting treatment for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and neither of us knew it was ROCD. I was trying the skills that works on someone with GAD and bc I was still failing I felt stupid, weak, out of control. I was beating myself up HARD for not controlling myself and then I had an outside voice doing the same. I don’t think she’s a bad therapist at all, she just didn’t specialize or knew what to look for as far as OCD. When I was diagnosed with OCD by my current therapist who specializes in trauma, it turned a corner for me. There’s no limit now for how successful and healthy I can be. There are so many resources backed by a loving community. You just have to be proactive, be your own advocate, want it. Oh lol I’m switching from my current therapist who specializes in trauma to one who specializes in OCD and ERP in September. I told my current therapist as soon as I made the decision to change which was over a month ago. I currently see my therapist every week and she is excited about what I’m going to learn with my upcoming therapist. She’s asked me to email her at the end of September so she will know how I’m doing.
@LisaP99 Side note the switch from the first to second therapist didn’t go as smoothly but I’m okay with that. I’m healthier now I have been in 20 years and I’m sure she’s still helping ppl every day.
I stopped going to my regular therapist for the same exact reason. Most sessions I left feeling more anxious and obsessing over either the same thoughts or she would trigger new thoughts geared to my obsessions I didn’t even have! So I now only do NOCD and I can tell it’s already better because I don’t feel as anxious anymore even before sessions as I did in the past.
What your talk therapist said?
I have had the exact same problem. I tried traditional talk therapy with several different counselors, I shared a lot, I did my homework, but it only made things worse. I know several people who said that therapy was life changing for them. OCD wasn't even on my radar until last week. I listened to a podcast and heard someone share her story. I realized I could identify with many of the things she shared. I started doing research on OCD and learned it does not respond to traditional talk therapy. I would definitely recommend sticking with your therapist who specializes in OCD and ERP
What your talk therapist said?
She said triggering things about my relationship, trigger warning: “are you sure he’s the one?”, “the law of attraction means that whatever you think will eventually come true” and that made my magical thinking sooooo much worse and added to my triggers.
@Stanny omg that’s awful i got triggered just reading that
The things people work on in therapy evolve over time, and most therapists have certain specialties or skillsets they’ve put effort into refining. So it’s reasonable to reach a point where a particular therapist isn’t the best match for areas you want to focus on… this doesn’t automatically mean you’ve outgrown them or whatever, just that you have other things to work on. Sometimes people use breakup language for these situations, but I like to think of it as just different kinds of healthcare. I adore my physical therapy clinic, and working with them for a year meant not needing a certain surgery (yay!) but after that I focused my energy (and paychecks) on my psych nurse-practitioner and getting my ADHD meds where I wanted them to be. Doesn’t mean my PT people were jerks, and I didn’t “outgrow” them… I’ll go back there if I have another situation they can help me with, and I recommend them to other people. But that doesn’t mean I would want them adjusting my Adderall either 😅
Such a good way of looking at it.