OCD Online Group Program
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 Group program seeks to bridge these gaps to help more people access and complete effective treatment for OCD.
Our OCD Online Group Program
1hr weekly sessions
over 12 weeks
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).
In each session, the lead psychologist will cover the information of that particular week, answer any questions that group members have, and importantly, help you to tailor the information to your particular experience.
Support from other group members
Experience the support that comes from understanding that there are other people, from all walks of life, that are having similar experiences to you.
The cost per session is $50 ($30 concession).
Prior to the first session, we have a complementary introductory session which will you can attend to see if you think our OCD Online Group Program is right for you.
Support from an experienced Clinical Psychologist
Dr Claire Ahern has run groups for OCD, hoarding, anxiety and perfectionism, and predominantly sees patients for OCD & related disorders in private practice.
Accessible anywhere within Australia
Available to anyone in Australia, wherever you have access to a computer and the internet.
These will be single one-off sessions with no planned content. This is best suited to those that have already completed OCD STOP, or other OCD treatment, and have specific questions on their ERP treatment.
The cost for a booster session is $100 ($80 concession).
The content for our OCD Online Group Program is provided by OCD STOP - a free online course offered through Mental Health Online. Over 12-modules, OCD STOP provides information on OCD, and how to treat your OCD using the most effective treatment for OCD: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
OCD STOP covers the comprehensive range of core psychological processes involved in OCD, including:
Understanding OCD & Anxiety
Information about OCD and how anxiety relates to OCD.
Understanding CBT & ERP
What is CBT and how does it apply to OCD.
Getting into ERP
Learn how to do exposure exercises safely & effectively
Core beliefs of OCD
Understand the role of responsibility and uncertainty
Making gains & preventing relapse
Learn how to maintain the gains made through the course
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between our OCD Online Group Program and OCD STOP?
Why would I do your OCD Online Group Program when I can do OCD STOP on my own?
It depends on what you are wanting from your treatment.
Some people were able to complete OCD STOP without any support and made significant changes to their OCD symptoms (if you think this may be you, then OCD STOP may be enough to meet your needs!)
Other people really benefitted from having the support of a therapist. Partly this was about motivation and accountability, and for having a therapist to answer questions and tailor the information to their situation. While OCD STOP has the option for therapist email support, clients and therapists reported that they would have preferred to have real-time support via phone or video.
Do I need a referral to do the OCD Online Group Program?
No. You do not need a referral to be eligible.
Do I need to have a diagnosis of OCD? What about OCD subtypes?
No. Anyone who wants to learn more about their OCD symptoms is welcome.
Can I get a medicare rebate?
No. Currently medicare does not offer medicare rebates for online group therapy. This program is being offered as a private group program. You can check with your private health insurer to see if they would cover online group therapy.
I would prefer to attend an OCD group in person - is this possible?
How does OCD STOP differ from other OCD Online Treatment?
There are other online treatment programs for OCD offered through MindSpot and This Way Up. These programs are also offered from reputable institutions and provide excellent evidence-based treatment for OCD.
Can I see Dr. Claire Ahern for individual sessions?
Not currently. One of the other reasons for creating our OCD Online Group Program is because the waitlist for Dr Claire Ahern is closed, and yet demand continues to grow. This isn't surprising as we know that there is not enough skilled therapists meet the demand of clients who would like help with their OCD symptoms. Our OCD Online Group Program helps to increase the access to good quality treatment, to more people.
12-sessions seems like quite the committment! Can I just attend a booster session?
There is research to show that clients who completed 12-modules of OCD STOP made significant improvement in their OCD symptoms (similar to what is seen for in-person groups). We also know that non-completion is associated with less improvement. For this reason, our program is based on the full 12 modules.
Can I use my phone instead of a computer?
This is not recommended.
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