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Seyedmohammad Kalantar, Ph.D.

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Find effective support for managing OCD with the specialized counseling and mental health service here in Vancouver, Burrard Street.

OCD is one of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. In other words, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) categorized OCD as one of disorders of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

There are 9 disorders under Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders:

1. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
2. Body dysmorphic disorder
3. Hoarding disorder,
4. Hairpulling disorder
5. Skin-picking disorder,
6. Substance/medication-induced obsessive-compulsive and related disorder
7. Obsessive-compulsive and related disorder due to another medical condition
8. Other specified obsessive-compulsive and related disorder
9. Unspecified obsessive-compulsive and related disorder (e.g., body-focused repetitive behavior disorder, obsessional jealousy).


OCD is characterized by the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions. Obsessions are persistent and recurrent thoughts, urges, or images that are intrusive and unwanted. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession or according to inflexible rules.

Common symptoms in OCD:

  1. Cleaning (obsessions related to contamination and compulsions related to cleaning)
  2. Symmetry (obsessions related to symmetry and compulsions related to repeating, ordering, and counting)
  3. Forbidden or taboo thoughts (obsessions related to aggression, sexuality, religion, etc. and compulsions related to those obsessions)
  4. Harm (fears of harm to oneself or others and compulsions related to checking).

How may OCD impact on the client?

  • Development of dysfunctional beliefs
  • Tendency to overestimate threats
  • Perfectionism
  • Intolerance of uncertainty
  • Over-importance of thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Strong feelings of disgust
  • Distressing sense of “incompleteness” or uneasiness
  • Avoidance of people, places, and things that trigger obsessions and compulsions (e.g. restaurants, public restrooms)
  • Reduced quality of life, as well as high levels of social and occupational impairment.

How can I help my clients with OCD?

In Vancouver, I offer specialized OCD qualified counselling, recognizing that each client and their type of OCD is unique. In my professional counselling, I employ personalized approaches, tailoring the treatment to suit your individual needs. Evidence-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy are instrumental in providing effective mental health support, whether in person or through virtual and online sessions. These therapies are key components of my behavioral health services, aiming to provide you with the best care and support you need to overcome OCD.  Exposure therapy confronts thoughts, images, objects, and situations that make a person experience anxiety and uses “response prevention” to inspire clients to choose not to engage in compulsive behavior. In my counselling sessions, I use the therapy approach mentioned above, and there are some instances of help for such clients, including:

  1. Setting goals
  2. Motivational interviewing
  3. Helping patients overcome their resistance to accepting a recommended treatment by illuminating their reasons for wanting to stay as they are
  4. Identifying, challenging, and modifying dysfunctional beliefs
  5. Providing relevant techniques and strategies
  6. Providing relevant therapeutic assignments.