With over 15 years’ experience in treating patients with a wide variety of symptoms, I am an expert in providing long term solutions to common and uncommon problems from my Croydon consultancy.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (known as OCD) is a common personality disorder. Official statistics show that 2% of the population live with some form of OCD, although recent studies have shown that this figure may be much higher.

People with OCD find their lives dominated by compulsions. They may have rituals in terms of hand washing or light use within their home and, depending on the severity of their symptoms, may believe that terrible consequences could occur if they do not finish their ritual. Such is the compulsion.

Sufferers of OCD rarely find or gain any pleasure from their behaviour but are still compelled to do so.

There are a number of theories as to why some people are affected by OCD. Whilst some sufferers have been found to have a lack of serotonin, other theories include a communication breakdown between the brain’s orbital complex and the rest of the brain, meaning that messages become stuck.

In many cases, a form of psychotherapy Purley may help to combat the symptoms and the compulsions which OCD sufferers find themselves dealing with. The aim of psychotherapy for OCD is to address the anxiety at the heart of the disease and to give the sufferer the tools to deal with the negative feelings they may have. Depending on the severity of the symptoms and your particular needs, it may be that psychotherapy can be carried out on a one to one basis or as part of a group with your friends and family.

Many of the measures which can help with OCD are supported by medication prescribed by a GP.

To discuss the many ways that psychotherapy can help you to take control of your compulsions, contact Sarah Rutter Counselling to book a confidential appointment.


Some of the areas I cover include:


Croydon - Purley - South Croydon - West Wickham