Residential Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Residential Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be a difficult mental illness. It causes obsessive, troubling thoughts and compulsive behaviors. If you have OCD, these probably cause you significant distress, anxiety, and even fear, and the actions you feel you have to engage in may take up a lot of your time. But OCD is highly treatable. You can learn to manage and reduce those thoughts and control the urge to engage in compulsions. At Helix, where the focus is gender-specific and the environment serene, benefit from expert care among other supportive women and learn to take your life back.

OCD is a mental illness that causes intrusive, unwanted thoughts or obsessions. These can be difficult or impossible to control or stop. The thoughts trigger compulsive, repeated behaviors in an attempt to stop or just cope with them. Obsessions can be anything, but there are common themes like a fear of germs or of someone you love getting hurt.

Women and men are diagnosed equally with OCD, but women may have different experiences and triggers. Stressful life events and past trauma, for instance, may contribute to OCD and cause relapses of symptoms. If you are struggling with OCD, and especially if you are coping with trauma, residential treatment can help by providing a safe, calm environment for healing and learning.

Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder at Helix

At Helix, you’ll receive an individualized treatment plan that includes strategies for managing OCD but also for coping with past traumas and stressful situations in your life as well as any co-existing mental illnesses. It is essential to address all mental health issues to be able to manage your OCD symptoms over the long term.

Treatment for OCD is mainly focused on helping you reduce symptoms and get your compulsions and obsessions under control. They may never go away, but treatment aims to help you take back the control and stop symptoms from taking over your life.

OCD treatment usually includes behavioral therapies. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and variations of CBT, will help you learn how to make positive changes. This kind of therapy is action-oriented. You’ll learn real, useful strategies for stopping or limiting unwanted thoughts and resisting the urge to engage in compulsive behaviors. There may also be a focus on trauma in these therapies, to help you process past experiences and see how they connect to your current mental health.

Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for OCD Treatment?

While behavioral therapy may be the backbone of treatment for OCD, our experts at Helix are experienced in all kinds of therapeutic interventions. They will plan a course of treatment that works for your particular needs, which may include trauma disorders, depression, or anxiety.

Helix offers these primary treatment modalities:

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic experiencing is an integrative therapy that recognizes how trauma and other issues are expressed both physically and psychologically. It has been proven in studies to be effective for treating PTSD but can also benefit women struggling with a range of painful memories and mental illnesses. By focusing on physical sensations, you will learn how to manage and process trauma.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT will help you become more aware of the negative and inaccurate thoughts and emotions that prevent you from healing. A trained therapist will show you strategies for changing problematic thinking so that you can react more positively to difficult situations, painful memories, and other issues.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is used to manage and process traumatic experiences. It is a way of helping the brain heal and reframe trauma. In EMDR, you will be guided to remember your trauma in a safe setting and with a compassionate therapist. Using eye movements, you will begin to remove the mental blocks that have prevented you from healing from those experiences.


Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment: breathing, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions, and the world around you. It can take the form of therapy but also meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and other practices you can use later to calm and center yourself.

Relational Psychotherapy

Healthy, balanced relationships are essential for good mental health. Many women come to treatment with relationship difficulties underlying trauma and mental illness. Relational psychotherapy can be one-on-one or with a loved one. It will help you learn and change your negative patterns in relating to other people, how to communicate effectively, and how to enjoy healthier, mutually beneficial relationships.

In addition to these primary treatment modalities, Helix also offers an extensive list of supplementary treatments. These can be used as needed to provide each resident with a unique, individualized experience for healing and wellness:

  • Family therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • DBT skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Equine-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Safe and sound protocol
  • Community peer support groups

The setting at Helix is also important for healing. Our gender-specific residence is restricted to just six female residents at a time. You will be on this journey with an intimate group of other women. Together you will support each other and work on treatment individually and as a community. Nestled in the hills outside San Diego, you will benefit from peaceful surroundings and time spent outdoors and in nature.

What to Expect the First Day

Your first day of treatment in a residential facility may be a little scary or intimidating. This is a big step, and our expert staff will be there with you to help you settle in and feel comfortable. The first day will include some paperwork and orientation as you get to know the facility, staff, and residents.

You will have some time to unpack and get comfortable in your room, but also expect to go through a thorough evaluation with your psychiatrist. This process helps the staff get to know you and your needs. It will be important in determining the course of your treatment and allows you to give input and make your preferences known. For most residents, actual therapy won’t begin until the following day.

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Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience

A treatment experience is personal. What you get out of Helix depends on what you put into it. Helix will provide you with expert, caring staff, an individualized program informed by your needs, a calm and supportive environment, and the safety of a small group of women-only residents.

The day-to-day experience at Helix is one of healing and serenity. Each morning begins with a healthy, fresh breakfast. Mornings are filled with quiet reflection time and one-on-one therapy. Lunch is followed by group activities and therapy. This is when you have a chance to be part of a supportive community, learning from others’ experiences and sharing yours with the other residents.

In the evenings at Helix, there is more time for reflection but also for recreation and activities. You can get a workout in, try alternative therapies, or participate in wellness and holistic health learning opportunities. On the weekends, Helix is a little less formal. You’ll have the chance to get outdoors, go for a hike, watch a movie, or go on a cultural outing with other residents.

Your experience here should be one of tranquility, intimate connections with fellow residents, healing, and progress.

Lasting Change for a Better Life

You may never fully leave behind the obsessions and compulsions you experience now, but the goal of treatment is to make real progress. OCD is a chronic illness. You may have relapses, and you may continue to experience mild symptoms. But when you go through treatment at Helix, what you get are the tools to help you make your life better.

With what you learn here in treatment you can manage your OCD symptoms, reduce the frequency of difficult episodes, and live well as a person with OCD. You’ll take your life back from your obsessive thoughts and time-consuming behaviors. Instead of them controlling you, you will be in control once again.

Treatment for any mental illness is all about management and progress. There are no cures or quick fixes, but with the right program you can turn your life around completely. Learn to put your fears to the the side and begin fully participating in life.

Don’t let the effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder control your life. Let us help…call us today.