Specialist in OCD Therapy



OCD AWARE was established by Christina Cushnahan to help people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

OCD Aware offers professional specialist therapy. Therapy is delivered by a qualified therapist who has overcome OCD and so completely understands the disorder and how difficult it can be to talk about. Receiving therapy from someone who has had OCD can increase the effectiveness of the therapy by helping the client open up, develop trust and enhance the therapeutic relationship.

In addition to therapy and follow-up support, a support group is available in Belfast. A home service can be provided if this is necessary for treatment. Although OCD is our specialist area, CBT treatment is also available for those with other types of anxiety and depression.

OCD AWARE aim to have OCD support groups available all over Northern Ireland and to open a walk-in help centre in Belfast.


About Christina

Having previously suffered from OCD, I chose this area to specialise in after completing an Honours Degree in Psychology. Knowing how torturous it can be I wanted to help others who suffered from this disorder. I undertook a Diploma in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour and a Postgraduate Level 7 Practitioners Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/Psychotherapy gaining membership with the BACBP, NIIHR and affiliation with the National Council of Psychotherapists. For the past 25 years I have studied and researched OCD, working with people who suffer from mild to severe cases of OCD using Exposure Response Prevention Therapy. Approximately 10 years ago, I set up a support group for people with OCD, it is still running today.

The most important message that I wish people suffering from OCD to receive is that, it can be OVERCOME, I am living proof of this. Others I have treated have also overcame OCD and are now living with peace in their minds.

About Treatment

Therapy includes: 

  • consultations, advice and help for all ages and all levels and forms of OCD

  • initial assessment and treatment plan

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy accompanied with Exposure Response Prevention Therapy

  • face-to-face therapy and/or therapy via skype, email, telephone

  • therapy tailored specially to each individual, depending on their circumstances, needs and symptoms

  • intensive treatment which can be daily over two weeks

  • where appropriate therapy in the individual's home (travel costs to be covered by client)

  • follow up sessions to reinforce the therapy

  • the benefit of receiving therapy from someone who has overcome OCD