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Southampton City

Casual and Carefree

"Casual and Carefree: coping with the symptoms of OCD is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) course designed to help you learn ways to deal with anxiety and symptoms of OCD.

Through attending the group, you will learn:

  • To understand the relationship between perceptions, beliefs, emotions (particularly anxiety), and behaviours (rituals and avoidance).

  • To use techniques that would enable you to challenge obsessions and compulsions.

  • To recognise that compulsions or avoidance reinforce irrational beliefs and only temporarily reduce distress.

  • To plan and carry out behavioural tasks appropriate for you.

The OCD group is 12 sessions lasting 1.5 hours each meeting at the same day, time and venue each week. Each session covers a specific topic and you will be given hand outs and worksheets to support each topic.

Please note: If at any time in the group, you feel you need 1:1 support or you feel you may be a risk to yourself, others or at risk from others please see the group facilitator at the group.

Whilst some people report feeling anxious about coming to their first group, people report to us afterwards that they find the groups very supportive and normalising, and research indicates groups can be more effective than one to one therapy.