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.

Andrew Harvey Counsellor

Andrew Harvey Counsellor

This post is about how Andrew Harvey Counsellor works, and what types of therapy clients can expect, for more detailed explanations of the types of therapy see this information here. 

Andrew identifies as a Pluralistic Counsellor

“Pluralism is a way of thinking about therapy that has emerged in recent years. It is based on the assumption that no one therapeutic approach has the monopoly on understanding the causes of distress or on the most helpful therapeutic responses. Instead, it suggests that different clients are likely to want — and benefit from — different things in therapy. Hence, it suggests that therapists should be open to respecting understandings and practices from across the counselling and psychotherapy spectrum” www.pluralistictherapy.com  .

Andrew’s training has included a number of therapy methods and types of therapy. In collaboration with clients he finds the best way to respond to their needs.

Andrew Harvey Counsellor

Andrew’s training includes a number of different modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Third wave cognitive behavioural therapy, Acceptance and commitment therapy, Person-centred therapy,  Counselling, interpersonal therapy, Behavioural therapy, Gestalt therapy, Solution-focused therapy and Psychodynamic therapy.

Pluralistic counselling can help clients with lots of different challenges and issues including addiction, anxiety, relationship issues, panic, depression, feeling sad, addiction, bereavement, mental health issues, sexual abuse, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, stress, anger, trauma, self-harm, attachment disorders, life challenges and emotional issues.

If you are interested in finding out more, please do make contact. 


Online Therapy 10 Tips. Getting the best from SKYPE counselling and Therapy.

Using SKYPE or other related online counselling platforms.

Ten Tips to get the best from online counselling.

  1. When having your online counselling session close other internet using programs, you may not be using them, but they will be using some of your available internet resources, this can cause the connection to be problematic. For example, browsers, other online communication tools and cloud backup can slow your system down. Other devices connected to your internet will also slow things down.
  2. Get the lighting right! You need to be seen and by having good lighting this can make all the difference.
  3. Interruptions … Put the do not disturb sign on the door, put your mobile out of reach and on silent, switch off anything that alerts you to messages on your screen… this is your time, you need to remove the possibility of distraction… including the cat!
  4. What’s the picture like, you should be at least head and shoulders in the picture, and siting comfortably, think passport photo.
  5. It’s often a good idea to wear headphones, it reduces echo and enables an extra level of confidentiality for you. Having the headphones on, I feel, can really bring you into the session.
  6. Can you be overheard, because if you can, or even wonder if you can be, that won’t work. you need to know that your session is confidential.
  7. Have a backup! If all else fails (technically) you and your therapist should have a plan. the one I have with clients is I will call them on their landline or mobile.
  8. Research and know the level of confidentiality offered by the technology you are using, and make sure you are happy with it. Google will help you find this information and the technology provider’s privacy statement.
  9. When people come to face 2 face therapy they often have a bit of time to process the session, this can be the journey home or to work, when they do their session online at home or work, they often go straight back into their day. Try and have a bit of a break between your session and being pulled back into your day.
  10. If you are concerned about any aspect of your online counselling, including the medium you are using, talk with your therapist, share your concerns.

For more information on SKYPE and Online Therapy click here.

Andrew Harvey offers online counselling and therapy worldwide.

online counselling therapist Andrew Harvey

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


A Book Recommendation

Can a Mindfulness book offer therapy for Anxiety?

I recently had the opportunity to take a holiday and took time to revisit a book that I really enjoyed “Mindfulness – Be Mindful…. Live in the moment” by Gill Hanson. The book itself, I feel, offers in itself some therapy for anxiety, offering suffers possibly a new and deeper understanding of anxiety and worry, this deeper understanding can often help people become less anxious.

therapy for anxiety

The book: “Mindfulness – Be Mindful.. Live in the moment” by Gill Hanson.

I experience so often clients feelings of depression are in the past, and anxiety often has a future focus, the present, when approached mindfully, can often offer a place of serenity and peace. The present moment actually becomes a present indeed.

Anyone who takes an interest in counselling, psychology and therapy will be aware of the growing talk of Mindfulness, many therapies increasingly engage with and incorporate concepts of mindfulness.  Clients report to me the benefits of mindfulness practice and I myself both formally and informally incorporate it both into my counselling practice and life. I often recommend mindfulness and discuss with clients how they might approach it, I often find clients who are seeking help and therapy for anxiety benefit from it.

This book I feel is one of the best books I have read on the subject of Mindfulness, offering both practical experiences and some theoretical depth. Interestingly its a fun read also!  I enjoyed it more this time around than the first time I read it, maybe I was more “present” this time!

If you find the book of interest and want to learn more, a number of therapist offer mindfulness courses and I am happy to recommend one or two. I have also found some wonderful free podcasts and online courses. Many people have found Mindfulness to greatly benefit them, however, keep in mind that not everyone finds it helpful and some find it unhelpful.