OCD Client Information Resource.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Client Information Resource

Download CSN Resource PDF OCD

Online …

A charity run by people who have lived experience of the condition. One of the largest and best sources of
information on OCD online. It has a free downloadable informative booklet that is helpful to those
who experience OCD and those wanting to support them, available here
Download PDF OCD UK information booklet
OCD UK Website


Intrusive Thoughts. Org (and more)
A USA based site that explores OCD with quality information including Intrusive
Thoughts and Body Dysmorphic Disorder related content. The site is rich in information and video
and has a “community” ethos. One of the better sites in terms of information, the site itself and the
breadth and depth of meaningful content.
Intrusivethoughts.org Website


A UK based charity, MIND has a wealth of information on their website. The site offers an overview of many key topics with
links to more detailed information and specialist support and websites. The Guides on MIND’S
website can be downloaded as PDF’s for printing or sharing with others.

Download PDF Understanding OCD


Royal College of Psychiatrists 
OCD from a psychiatric perspective with a focus on medication alongside other information. The site
appears to only offer a brief overview and draws heavily from “Evidenced-based treatments”. For a
brief overview of the condition, this site could be helpful for some.
Royal College of Psychiatrists – On OCD



Books …

Break OCD Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT

by Fiona Challacombe, Victoria Bream Oldfield and Paul M. Salkovskis, published by
Vermilion. Self Help CBT guide that some clients find helpful. This book is sometimes
available from Library.
ISBN: 9780091939694 Format: Paperback Publication date: 1 September 2011 304
pages. Other formats: Ebook (9781446491843)



OCDOvercoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD
By Christine Purdon, Published by New Harbringer Publications.
The book has a focus on helping the reader understand the true nature of distressing
thoughts and disconnect from the distress and power the thoughts sometimes have.
Useful exercises and self-care strategies. A useful and meaningful book.
ISBN-139781572243811 Publication date1 Jan 2005 Pages160.


if you are looking for counselling or therapy in relation to struggling with OCD please do make contact.

Anxiety is top of the list for people seeking counselling and therapy

What are people bringing to counselling?

People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons, from help with a mental health issue to wanting time and space to explore life options. Below is a list of the most searched terms that people use when looking for counselling and therapy help, the ones I have included are all related to the work that I do. What is of note is the amount of diagnostic labels and terms that people use in their searches, this might reflect an increased awareness of metal health conditions or that more people are searching for help from the private sector for these challenges.  Anxiety consistently comes up in the therapy room and in list of what people search, addiction appears to be on the rise in searches as dose personality disorders.  Many people come to therapy without words or a label for what is wrong and that can be part of the therapy process, to help the person discover what is wrong and understand it, it is then that changes can happen.

Anxiety continues to be the most searched term on  Counselling Directories.

relationship issues

generalised anxiety disorder


bipolar disorder/manic depression

panic disorder

seasonal affective disorder (sad)


family issues

addiction(s) I have a website dedicated to this type of counselling and therapy here

affairs and betrayals

separation and divorce


anger management


low self-esteem

emotional abuse


sexual abuse

personality disorders

sex addiction


low self-confidence

drug abuse

internet addiction

borderline personality disorder


domestic violence



carer support

narcissistic personality disorder

post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

work related stress

suicidal thoughts

avoidant personality disorder



obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

paranoid personality disorder

dependent personality disorder

antisocial personality disorder

histrionic personality disorder

schizoid personality disorder

passive aggressive behavior


mental health

For help with any of these issues and other emotional difficulties please do make contact


Conditions of Worth, Incongruence and the Aging Rock Star

Conditions of Worth, Incongruence and the Aging Rock Star


I went to see a film last night and I was so struck by how, for me, it really illustrated Carl Rogers theory that informs much of my work. The film Danny Collins charts Danny’s sometimes painful journey from incongruence to congruence (terms used to describe one’s drift from true self (congruence) to who we become to fit with others’ expectations (incongruence)). Or in terms of the film, literally dancing and singing to someone else’s tune and the growing awareness of the discomfort of this, and how this discomfort caused Danny to look inside to discover his own calling, his own truth and his own way of being. I am not sure if my take on the film is anything like anyone else’s, or in line with the intent of those who created the film, but for me, it really did express and illuminate Rogers theory.

One aspect of the film that struck me was just how much courage it can take to live one’s own truth, especially when others place so much importance upon the aspects of a person that do not, in fact, fit with their true selves; in this case the desire of Danny’s fans for him to sing his hit records and “play” the role they so desire. I was also struck by the way that Danny became his truer self in the context of relationship: another key aspect of the work I do being the therapeutic relationship as a major part of the therapeutic process.

The film ended at a place that I didn’t want it to end, and this reminds me of the journey from our truth to our becoming what’s expected of us, to the discomfort of this, to the journey back to truth; a journey that is the thing in itself: it’s not the end that counts, it’s the getting there, and maybe the film might never have been able to conclude neatly, as I am not sure it would have respected its authenticity.

What an uplifting experience it was to see this film and it has for me, reaffirmed my respect for those that enter into therapy to seek their truth, to face their fears and to do their best to dance to their own tune. It has also reminded me of the simplicity and truth to be found in the work of Carl Rogers and the therapists who carry on doing as he did and witness the growth of people as they rediscover who they truly are.

I hope I haven’t spoiled the film for anyone, and have on purpose left out a number of other parts of the film, I would be interested in others’ take on the film; do feel free to email me.

Links to information that may be of interest in relation to the above.

Carl Rodgers        Carl Rodgers Theory        The Film Danny Collins

Written by Andrew Harvey

Counselling and Therapy in Nottingham.

Counselling and Therapy In Nottingham

Here are the most searched terms related to counselling and therapy in Nottingham (for December 2014) that we deal with here at Counselling Services Nottingham. Whilst this is not an exhaustive list of what we work with, it will give the reader an idea of the diversity of what people come to counselling and therapy for. A number of the following terms are widely used as diagnostic terms, and I, the author of this piece, am mindful that not everyone embraces the diagnostic meaning of mental distress and/or experience, and am therefore inviting the reader to embrace or reject the terms in whatever way works best for them.

What are people searching for on the internet for therapy & counselling that Counselling Services Nottingham can help with? Here’s a list with the most searched terms at the top. (Source; The Counselling Directory – Online Directory of UK based counsellors and therapist)

  1. Anxiety
  2. Addiction including alcohol addiction, sex addiction, porn addiction, gambling addiction and drug addiction
  3. Relationship issues
  4. Depression
  5. Generalised anxiety disorder
  6. Bipolar disorder / manic depression
  7. Seasonal affective disorder (sad)
  8. Self Esteem, Low Self Esteem
  9. Panic disorder
  10. Family issues
  11. Affairs and betrayals
  12. Separation and divorce
  13. Abuse
  14. Cross-cultural relationships
  15. Anger, Anger management
  16. Bereavement Counselling, Bereavement therapy
  17. Personality disorders
  18. Emotional abuse
  19. Sexual abuse
  20. Attachment disorder
  21. Low self-confidence
  22. Stress, Stress management
  23. Suicidal thoughts
  24. Work-related stress
  25. Trauma
  26. Passive aggressive behaviour
  27. Sexual Issues
  28. Career and Work related issues
  29. Dissociation
  30. Psychosis
  31. Mental health

If you or someone you know is struggling with distress, mental health struggles of other challenges, counselling may help, for details and to book a free initial consultation please make contact.


We have added ourselves to the Counselling Directory

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The Counselling Directory Nottingham.

For more Counselling Directory Nottingham listings and Counselling Services in Nottingham information check out our links page, we list lots of useful information pertaining to therapy, counselling, SKYPE therapy and Counselling and other sources of support for emotional and mental health difficulties. Some of the services on offer are paid, other are free.

We are listed on a number of leading counselling directories and websites. We never list of publishing any client information. The service we supply is completely confidential for all of our clients.

We also have a Facebook page here Facebook this tends to be for information about counselling and therapy generally. Please do pop on to the Facebook Page, give us a like and you will then receive notifications of updates we post.

Our sister company AddictionsCounselling.net is also listed on a number of therapy and counselling websites. On that site, you will find lots of useful information pertaining to help, therapy and counselling for addictions, substance misuse and other compulsive type issues. The links page on this site has links to a number of helpful resources from the addictions counselling, therapy and self-help fields.

Counselling Services Nottingham and AddictionsCounselling.Net can be found on many of the of the leading Counselling Directories and Therapy Listing websites both in the UK and International. If you know of a site that we are not listed on that would help people find us, please do send us an email.