Be Free From OCD
Are intrusive thoughts, compulsive urges and feelings of doubt & anxiety preventing you from living the life that you want to live?
Is fear holding you back from making important changes in your life?
If you wish to embark on a recovery journey, you've come to the right place.
I am here to tell you that things can and will get better.
Stop Struggling. Start Living.
OCD & Anxiety Specialist
Paul Mc Carroll
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My name is Paul Mc Carroll and I’m an OCD specialist at befreefromocd with a wealth of experience working with clients who have OCD & anxiety, based in Belfast (Ireland). I'm also someone who has experienced OCD first hand and I know how destructive and debilitating it can be. I am here to guide and support you on your recovery journey.
My OCD was at its worst in my teenage years. As a teenager, with no history of mental health issues,I thought I was going crazy. It took a hospital admission, medication and specialist therapy to get me back on my feet again. I can safely say that I have ‘wore the t-shirt’ and I can relate to your struggles. Over a 15 year journey I have studied extensively.
OCD & anxiety no longer has to demand all your attention. You no longer have to believe everything that it says, like a puppet on a string. You can reclaim your life, moving towards a life that is of meaning and purpose for you.
I tend to create custom therapy plans directed at the needs of my clients. However, there are some therapeutic methodologies that I more or less use most of the time, and on which I have received extensive training, and these include:
CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy is the most common form of treatment for OCD. Using a structured approached it tackles the thoughts and patterns in your mind, analysing how you think and then making changes to transform your current obsessive thinking.
Research has shown that 75% of people who use CBT as a treatment for their OCD has seen improvements in their symptoms.
ERP - Exposure and Response Prevention
Exposure and Response Prevention refers to exposing yourself to the thoughts, images, objects and situations that make you anxious and/or start your obsessions.
Eventually your mind will become so used to these triggers that it naturally removes all anxiety attached.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a branch of CBT and works on the basis of accepting the thoughts of our mind and feelings of our body as just a product of OCD and nothing more.
ACT focuses on finding a way to allow obsessions and anxiety to come and go without interfering with the way one lives his or her life.
MBCT - Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a type of psychotherapy that involves a combination of cognitive therapy, meditation, and the cultivation of a present-oriented, non-judgmental attitude called "mindfulness."
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy builds upon the principles of cognitive therapy by using techniques such as mindfulness meditation to teach people to consciously pay attention to their thoughts and feelings without placing any judgments upon them.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a healing approach that combines meditation and yoga. Developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction aims to address the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors thought to increase stress and undermine your health.
WRAP - Wellness Recovery and Action Planning
WRAP is a tool that can aid an individual’s recovery and its underpinning principles support the recovery approach. WRAP is a way of monitoring wellness, times of being less well and times when experiences are uncomfortable and distressing. It also includes details of how an individual would like others to support them at these different times.
General Counselling and Coaching for Mental Health Wellbeing
General mental health counselling for a variety of mental health issues, as well as coaching to keep you moving towards your valued activities on a daily basis.