Since OCD is a feeling disorder, Exposure with Response Prevention is the gold standard for treating it. Treating OCD isn’t about getting rid of the thoughts entirely, but it involves minimizing the anxiety associated with the thought so that you can live your life to it’s fullest potential.
Anxiety is our body’s natural alert system. We need it to survive. If you’re hiking in the woods and hear a loud growl, your body will fire off chemicals causing you to feel anxiety. Instead of continuing to walk towards the growling, your anxiety keeps you out of danger by going down a different path or preparing yourself for the danger that is about to come. My job isn’t to get rid of your anxiety because you need it. My job is to help you change your relationship with anxiety, and provide you with the necessary tools to determine what is a real threat vs. a perceived threat