Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects approximately 2% of the Australian population and yet access to effective treatment is poor. A shortage of trained professionals, long waitlists and financial constraints mean that only a small percentage of individuals with OCD receive the care they need.
Moreover, those that enter into treatment often find it difficult to complete. There may be many reasons for this, but a common report is that the approach can feel too “one size fits all” and doesn’t address the personal nuances that can come with having OCD.
Our OCD Online programs seek to bridge these gaps
to help more people access and complete effective treatment for OCD.
Our OCD Online Group Program provides therapist and group support to help you complete an already established and effective online treatment for OCD - OCD STOP.
This is a comprehensive treatment program that is suitable for people who have had no experience in treatment for their OCD, as well as those who have had treatment before and feel ready to get involved back into ERP in a supportive environment.
Our OCD Online Group Program uses the material provided by OCD STOP - a free online course offered through Mental Health Online.
Over 12-modules, you will learn about:
OCD & Anxiety
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
Beliefs in OCD (Responsibility, intolerance of uncertainty, perfectionism)
Length: 1.5hr per week
Support from others
Experience the support that comes from connecting with others who share similar experiences to you.
1.5hr weekly sessions
Each week will cover the content from OCD STOP & help to tailor the information to your particular experience.
Dr Claire Ahern introduces
the OCD Online Group
The symptoms of OCD often impact more than the individual. The nature of the disorder means that it is common for compulsions to involve other people, and often despite our attempts to help, the disorder can worsen.
This is a space where parents, partners or carers can develop a deeper understanding about what your loved one may be facing. You will be provided with strategies and resources to support the mental health for the whole family.
Length: 1hr Single Session
There are a variety of reasons that someone may want a single session with a psychologist who has expertise with OCD:
You are doing one of the self-help programs listed above and would like to have it tailored to your specific situation.
You have had treatment before and just want to ask a few questions to get pointed back in the right direction.
You are interested in ongoing treatment, but would like some short-term strategies and resources until longer term treatment is available.
Length: 1 hr Single Session
Frequently Asked Questions
When Are The Groups or Single Sessions?
Dates for the groups will be posted on this page. If you would like to be emailed about future group dates, please complete the contact form. Availability for single sessions depend on the availability for the psychologist. Complete the contact form with your availability and we will be in contact about potential dates & times. For single sessions, please use the contact form below and indicate your preference for single sessions.
Which OCD Subtypes Is the Group Suitable For?
All subtypes are welcome! One of the best parts about the group is learning that the different symptom presentations doesn't matter as much as you may think. While two people with OCD can be have very different symptoms, the underlying processes are the same.
Can I Do Online Treatment Without Doing The Group?
This depends on what your treatment goals are. If you have never had any OCD treatment before, you might want to try the Mental Health Online program on your own. It is free and they have some therapist support to complete it. MindSpot and This Way Up also offer excellent evidence based online treatments for OCD. If you would like more support, our OCD Online Group provides you with the group support to complete the Mental Health Online program.
Can I See Dr Claire Ahern For Individual Sessions?
Unfortunately, Dr Claire Ahern is not able to accept clients for ongoing treatment. She is only available for single sessions and running the group programs. Dr Claire Ahern runs Melbourne Psychology & Counselling's OCD Interest Group - which is a place where psychologists who are interested in OCD and related disorders can discuss OCD research, assessment, and treatment. If you would like to see one of the other psychologists who are part our OCD interest group, then please then contact our intake team.
Is There Any Programs For Trichotillomania?
At this stage, the group program is for OCD only. Dr Claire Ahern is not aware of online programs for Trichotillomania that are evidence based (and publish their data) but please let us know if you find something. People who have trich symptoms may wish to have a single session with Dr Claire Ahern to discuss treatment options.