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What is OCD?

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Consultant psychologist Elena Touroni explains how obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a form of anxiety disorder and how sufferers usually engage in a compulsive behaviour to manage an obsessive or intrusive thought. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy

Video Transcription

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety disorder. And people with obsessive-compulsive disorder have certain obsessions. So this manifests themselves in rumination or intrusive thought and then they engage in a compulsive behaviour in order to manage the obsessive thought or intrusive thought. So, for instance, a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder might be a fear of contamination. So if I have a fear that if I touch a surface then I’m gonna get germs, and I’m going to get very, very ill, I might even die. So the thoughts are extremely catastrophic in that situation, then that obsessive thought comes into my mind very automatically every time say, for instance, I’m touching a door handle or I’m even in my own home in my kitchen or I’m in any space where I have a worry about germs. And then what I do as a result is that I might repetitively wash my hands every time I touch something to the point that my hands might end up, you know, being severely damaged as a result of sort of this compulsive behaviour.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Dr Elena Touroni

Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector.


Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr. Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.


Dr. Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.


She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.