OCFighter™ is an online program for Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD). It uses the evidence-based approach known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT for short.  The program uses the proven  CBT technique, exposure and ritual prevention (ERP to help with OCD.  You can print out worksheets for activities, monitor your own progress, and receive emails with further tips at the end of each step. Most sessions last about 30/40 minutes.

9 Step Program

Step 1: Getting Started

Learn about OCD, CBT and Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP).

Step 2: Rituals and Their Cost

Work out how much your OCD costs you in time and money.

Step 3: Identifying Triggers

Identify the triggers for your rituals and obsessions and learn some coping tactics.

Step 4: Obsessive Thoughts

Look at how OCD affects a person’s thoughts.

Step 5: Goal Setting and Exposure

Create ERP goals to help you overcome your OCD.

Step 6: Fine Tuning

Review your ERP experience and get expert help for your most prevalent fears.

Step 7: Continuing Treatment Part 1

Review your ERP experience and learn how to use your exposure diary effectively.

Step 8: Continuing Treatment Part 2

Review your ERP experience and get help with issues such as dealing with depression and dissociation.

Step 9: Firming Up Your Gains

Learn how to use up the free time gained from being free of obsessions and rituals with pleasant activities and how to deal with setbacks.

Patients with anxiety disorders are effectively treated by exposure therapy guided by a clinician. However, the waiting list for these services is very long and suitably trained therapists are scarce. Some patients also do not want to see a therapist out of fear of being stigmatized or time constraints. Therefore, many individuals do not seek help.

OCD not only affects the sufferer, but often family and friends find themselves involved in the person’s OCD by feeling compelled to engage in ritual behavior or finding they have to give the individual lots of reassurance. This can significantly impact the person’s relationships with those who are close to him or her. Not only can OCFighter™ help someone overcome his or her OCD, but it will also improve his or her daily life and relationships with others.

There are different reasons to choose computerised CBT :

  • Reduced waiting time to access treatment
  • Confidential
  • Accessible 24 hours a day
  • Do it in your own time
  • Track your own progress
  • Receive support
  • Alternative to taking medication
  • No need to attend a clinic

OCFighter Evidence: Randomised Control Trials (RCT)

  • Graham, C; Kenwright, M; Marks, I; Mataix-Cols, M. (2005).  Brief scheduled phone support from a clinician to enhance computer-aided self-help for obsessive-compulsive disorder: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychology 61(12):1499-508 Read More
  •  Baer, L; Clary, C; Greist, JH; Marks, IM. (2002). Behavior therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder guided by a computer or by a clinician compared with relaxation as a control. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 63(2):138-45 Read More

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Has OCFighter™ been clinically proven to be effective?

Randomized controlled trials conducted in the UK and US show that users of OCFighter can achieve an equivalent reduction in time spent on obsessions and rituals to individuals being treated by a clinician face-to-face.   OCFighter™ is the brainchild of pioneers in the field of computerized therapy,  including Baer, Greist, and Marks. Research also shows that even after 1 exposure and ritual prevention (ERP) session, users start to significantly improve.