Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

New perspectives for your everyday life

If you have obsessive and compulsive thoughts, which you perceive as excessive or absurd, lead to severe suffering and significantly impair your everyday life; you should seek professional support. Our experts assist you in developing individual coping strategies.

We provide a very comprehensive and holistic day programme for those people whose lives have been significantly impacted on by OCD. Our individualised programmes will be designed jointly to take into consideration your specific anxieties and the context of your current responsibilities and ability to free up time to attend for treatment. Our environment at Schoen Clinic Chelsea is modern and bright, we take pride in our new building and we have smaller groups that mean you get a more personalized approach. We also provide short term individual therapy with a focus on achieving specific, mutually agreed outcomes. Your programme is reviewed at an agreed minimum by you and the multidisciplinary team, encompassing the different professionals involved in their care. The team consists of consultant psychiatrists, psychotherapists/psychologists, family therapists and occupational therapists. They are at the centre of our approach, ensuring all the progress made across the programme is understood, built upon and applied. Our model provides consistency and continuity.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment: our treatment concept

Developing strategies to reduce the obsessive thinking and compulsive actions can be taught alongside the use of medication and psychological therapies. Therapy is a personal experience which means that different people respond to different types or a combination. Our day programmes combine a range of therapies that can benefit you. As part of your programme you will also have one to one time with a therapist as well as key working sessions.

Behavioural therapeutic methods

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an evidence approach that helps you explore how your thoughts affect your behaviours and how those behaviours can reinforce your thoughts. In brief, the negative thoughts lead to unhelpful behaviours so changing this sequence can change both the behaviours and the thoughts to more helpful ones. Many therapies and wellbeing techniques are rooted in CBT.

Treatment needs

Outpatient treatment is usually sufficient if you are still able to cope well with every-day life. It often helps to perform behavioural exercises at home or in real-life situations while temporarily accompanied by a therapist. If this is not possible in the context of outpatient therapy, attening and participating in a day programme can be helpful. Here you can learn from the experiences of other patients in group therapies under the guidance of a therapist in order to achieve your own goals.

Mindfulness-based treatment elements

Mindfulness and other relaxation and meditation techniques are taught and encouraged in out treatment programmes. To be able to focus on the ‘now’, not predicting the future, not thinking about the past. In being able to focus on the present and breathe slow, deep breaths; you can master the ability to shift your mind and increase your feelings of wellbeing.


Medication can be a useful associated treatment option and some people find instant relief from symptoms and other it takes more time. Our Consultant Psychiatrists will prescribe and monitor medication that are clinically recommended for your symptoms. However, we believe that combining talking therapies and medication can make a positive impact on helping you on your recovery journey.