Andover, MA-OCD Support Group


Clearview Horizons is pleased to announce the offering of a weekly OCD support group. In addition to providing an opportunity to connect with other individuals with OCD, the group also provides a weekly educational component focused on an aspect related to OCD treatment, such as cognitive reframing versus reassurance, perfectionism, thought defusion, and mastering the skill of developing exposures.


What Does Not Cause OCD

People who have OCD did not do anything to cause it. And it isn’t caused by the way parents raise their children. OCD is a neurobiological disorder — not a condition that is caused by action or inaction.

Here are some common misperceptions about the causes of OCD:

For Best Results

To get the most from your OCD therapy:

  • Attend all of your therapy sessions; don’t give in to the temptation of cancelling.
  • Be completely open and honest with your therapist; nothing is too terrible to tell your therapist.
  • Do your homework between sessions.
  • Give your therapist feedback about your progress.
  • Keep going — even when it’s hard — to achieve the relief you deserve.

Learning to manage your OCD symptoms can be challenging, just like reaching any meaningful goal.

OCD Support Group


This is a G.O.A.L support group. The main objective of this group is to help each member develop self-help skills in an atmosphere that offers emotional and practical support. Meetings are free of charge. Open to all adults who suffer from OCD.

Meetings are not open for family members or friends to attend.

What’s Normal and What’s Not?

Everybody worries at times. It’s normal to worry about things like school, how you look, what you said or did in a certain situation, how your parents will react to something you did, or what the future will bring. But OCD takes worries and doubts to the extreme.

For example, most people have thoughts about others spreading germs or doubts about whether they locked their front door. Usually these thoughts crop up and then disappear. But if they keep returning and cause you a lot of anxiety if you don’t wash your hands or repeatedly check the front door, it could be OCD.

Treatments for OCD

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a treatment for OCD that uses two scientifically based techniques to change a person’s behavior and thoughts: exposure and response prevention (ERP) and cognitive therapy. CBT is conducted by a cognitive-behavioral therapist who has special training in treating OCD.