women's health logo outline
msn logo outline
prima logo outline
netdoctor logo outline
health & wellbeing logo outline
LOGO FemaleFirst white


Obsessive-compulsive disorder, often referred to as OCD is a disorder typically characterized by intrusive unwanted thoughts and fears which are followed by compulsive, repetitive behaviours. These safety behaviours have the purpose of neutralising anxiety and reducing distress, but in fact, they can make us feel more anxious and unsafe, causing prolonged suffering. While a lot of people with OCD exhibit signs both of obsessive and compulsive behaviour, it is also possible to have only one or the other.

Some people experience a type of OCD called Pure O, where the person experiences distressing intrusive thoughts, but the mental rituals engaged with are mental rituals, and therefore not often often outward actions.

Magical thinking commonly occurs also, where those with OCD have the belief their thoughts or actions can alter events in the physical world.

Often OCD begins in early adolescence or young adulthood, though it emerge in childhood. It can go hand in hand with other disorders, such as depression or anxiety. Some experts believe OCD develops due to problems in the transmission of certain brain chemicals, while others think environmental factors may play a part in its development. It can be easy to miss at first, since a lot of the time symptoms start out mild and gradually develop, eventually taking a great toll on a person’s life if left untreated.

Find out more about our therapy for OCD in Guildford and online by getting in touch and booking your free 15 minute consultation.

Book OCD consultation

Signs of OCD

Common obsessions related to OCD

  • fear of becoming sick or contaminated
  • fear of hurting yourself or other people, either on purpose or accidentally
  • fear of manifesting sexually inappropriate behaviour (for example paedophilia or incest)
  • belief that certain colours, numbers or days bring good or bad luck

Common compulsions related to OCD

  • checking behaviours (such as checking doors and windows multiple times before leaving the house to prevent burglary attempts)
  • checking for symptoms of serious illness when you feel slightly sick, often believing that the condition could be life-threatening
  • excessive hand washing, teeth brushing and/or bathing to avoid contracting germs
  • hoarding
  • rituals (for example: repeating a mantra or a phrase, the need to arrange your food in a certain way or to wash yourself in a particular order)
cigna bw logo
aviva bw logo
wpa logo
Bupa Logo


“From start to finish, it taught me so much about myself.”


“Thank you for challenging me when I needed it.”


“I can’t believe how much progress I’ve made in a short time.”


“After many years of therapy, you are the first person who gets me.”



Our expert team treat OCD daily from our online clinics and in our OCD therapy clinic in Guildford, Surrey.

There is no shame in asking for help. If you find that some or many of the signs mentioned above resonate with how you feel, it might be a good time to talk to a mental health professional. As a general rule with any health condition, it’s important to seek advice if your life is drastically impacted by it. Some signs to look out for in regard to OCD are as follows:

  • you’re scared to leave your house for fear something terrible might happen while you’re away
  • you’re afraid of spending time in public spaces for fear of coming in contact with something dirty and possibly being contaminated
  • you have trouble winding down and relaxing due to constant worry and intrusive thoughts
  • you hardly have any free space in your home due to the habit of hoarding
  • the rituals and other compulsive behaviours you use to soothe yourself are causing distress and impacting your daily life.

If you are seeking help, meet our team below.

Meet our team


At Dr Jo Gee Psychotherapy, your wellbeing is our number one priority. We offer psychotherapy for OCD online and CBT for OCD in Guildford Surrey.

Our handpicked team of professionals are here to guide you through every step of the process to feeling better in your own skin and living your best life.

Our standard approach to treating OCD is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is a type of talking therapy which has been proven to be effective in treating various mental health disorders, including OCD. Some of its benefits are as follows:

  • it is fast and effective
  • the benefits of the coping mechanisms that you learn during the therapeutic process are long-lasting
  • it will give you an opportunity to face your fears and irrational thought patterns in a safe space and learn when to let go
  • it can successfully be combined with other sorts of therapy
Book your CBT


Ready to book your appointment? Please press the button below to see our online availability. Can’t see what you need, then don’t hesitate to send a message via the contact form below or call or email our offices.

Book online


Whatever your current struggle, we are ready to help you. We offer a free 15 minute phone discussion and we look forward to hearing from you.

We offer online psychiatry, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy appointments.

For clinic appointments we work from Willow Health and DJGP in Guildford, Surrey. Clients come to see us online or from Addlestone, Aldershot, Ashford, Bisley, Camberley, Chertsey, Chobham, Cobham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Farnham, Farnborough, Fleet, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Horley, Horsham, Kingston, Leatherhead, Lightwater, Oxshot, Redhill, Reigate, Richmond, Send, Shere, Staines-upon-Thames, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surbiton, Virginia Water, Walton-on-Thames, West End, Weybridge, Windlesham and Woking.

If you would like to book an initial consultation, please message or call us, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.



    Willow Health

    4 Paris Parklands


    GU2 9JX



    3 Beaufort Parklands


    GU2 9JX


    Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 9.00pm

    Jo Gee with hand on hip outside clinic