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What is OCD?

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London based clinical psychologist Sarah Sproson talks about OCD and how obsessive thinking patterns and feelings can become so intrusive that they cause changes in behaviour. 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 https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com

Video Transcription

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a disorder where people have difficulties with obsessive thinking patterns and feelings. They can have lots of very intrusive thoughts about really bad things happening. They can get stuck in loops about those bad things. And alongside that, they might have urges to behave in ways to prevent those bad things from happening. So we may find that people kind of check things very regularly. They might engage in excessive washing. They might isolate themselves.

Dr Sarah Sproson

Dr Sarah Sproson

19 June 2022

"Dr Sarah Sproson qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2002, gaining her doctorate at the University of Exeter. She has worked in various NHS settings focusing on working with client groups that have complex needs. In addition to her role in the NHS she has been practising in the private sector since 2008."

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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.