Because no one knows better what it’s like to suffer from OCD than an OCD sufferer.
Dave Preston* is pleased to offer his services as a Peer Support Specialist to those who believe they may have OCD but have not been formally diagnosed, to OCD sufferers and to family members struggling to cope with a relative’s OCD.
Dave draws on his experience as a 40-year sufferer of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (whose journey to wellness is complete), as an active mental health advocate, as an author of numerous books on OCD, as the creator and operator of OCDLife.ca and as a well regarded online forum advisor to assist those caught in the grip of OCD to find the path to recovery.
Dave does not have the ability to professionally diagnose anyone with OCD but advocates under the premise that, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. Dave has a lot of knowledge of OCD and is adept at discovering whether the disorder could be in play with individuals.
Peer Support can include:
- An empathetic ear to the plight of OCD sufferers and those who love them. Sometimes relief can be found by simply talking it out with someone who has been there and done that and fully understands the impact the disorder can have on lives.
- Assessing where an OCD sufferer is at, including assessing what obsessions and compulsions are in play and what the sufferer has done in regards to getting onto the road to recovery, if anything.
- Recommendations for future reading, including valuable resources available that can broaden the knowledge of those seeking help.
- Recommendations on how to discuss OCD situations with medical doctors and/or mental health professionals.
- Adjunct discussions on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that aligns with work being done with mental health professionals.
- Devising a recovery plan, including cognitive work and behavioral work to be done over time.
- Assistance with Exposure and Response Prevention, including breaking down exposure goals into more manageable pieces.
There is a nominal fee for booking an appointment. This service is currently available by telephone only, to residents of Canada, the United States and Great Britain.
Peer Support Method
- Click here to go to the products page, where you can select the amount of Peer Support time you wish to book. Choose the right product, then click on ‘Add to Cart’.
- Near the top of the page, click on ‘Checkout’.
- Privacy is a primary concern. Only that information necessary to conduct useful consulting is required. For instance, Dave asks for your first name for future communications but giving a last name is voluntary. In addition, you will be asked for your city and country of residence, but not your address. It is imperative that you give the correct email address and phone number.
- On checkout you will be rerouted to the PayPal secure server. Neither Dave nor OCDLife.ca ever sees your credit card information.
- Once your purchase is approved, Dave is notified of the purchase.
- Within a few hours (based on normal business operating times, Pacific Time), Dave will email you to set up a date/time for your consulting session.
- At the predetermined time, Dave will call you at the telephone number you provided.
- Peer Support sessions are strictly confidential. Notes may be taken but will be secured in password-protected files that no one, other than Dave, can access.
*Dave Preston is not a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, therapist, counselor or social worker. His guidance as a Peer Support Specialist is not a substitute for professional advice. OCD sufferers should always consult a qualified mental health professional before making any decisions regarding treatment choice or changes in their treatment.