We believe support groups can play an important role in coping with and overcoming OCD. We believe that the GOAL approach helps make support group meetings a place of hope.
Inherent in GOAL is the belief that no matter how bad your situation is, there is always something you can do to improve. We try to help those who are suffering to understand that taking steps to fight your OCD, no matter how small those steps may be, is better than doing nothing. And though those steps may be difficult, you have the support of a group who knows what you are going through.
One function our group shares with all support groups is freeing the individual from feeling alone and from the sense that no one, including friends and family, really understands. New members are frequently filled with wonder when they finally meet others who understand how they feel.
Group members will have the opportunity to encourage each other’s progress, actively support each other in accomplishing ERP goals, and share in the elation of each other’s successes. For those in the enviable position of having recovered from OCD, a GOAL group can be one of the cornerstones of their relapse prevention program.