The OCD Course

The OCD Course

Learn practical strategies for managing obsessive thoughts and compulsive urges with our clinically-proven online course for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Does this sound like you?

OCD at a Glance

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) consists of a mixture of obsessions, which are unwanted thoughts of doubt, harm or contamination that intrude into your mind and cause worry; and compulsions, like excessive washing or checking, to make sure the obsession cannot come true. Compulsions can be time consuming and difficult to control. OCD commonly begins in adolescence and can be disabling and distressing to live with.

Fortunately, OCD is very treatable and many people who seek help can get better. This course will teach you practical skills to tackle obsessive thoughts and compulsive urges, and improve the way you feel.

About The OCD Course

This 6-lesson course is based on an effective psychological treatment for obsessions and compulsions called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT). It is designed to teach you proven strategies for tackling your symptoms and show you how to work with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours so you can make a positive change in how you feel. It may be especially helpful to you if you’ve been previously diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and haven’t had CBT in the past.

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This course may be suitable for you if:

What You Will Learn

Throughout this course you will follow an illustrated story of ‘Bella’ as she learns how to use practical strategies to better manage her obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, and reduce how much they interfere with her daily life. Each lesson focuses on teaching you a practical skill you can use to begin changing the vicious cycle of OCD. Once you complete a lesson, you will have 5 days to practice your new skill before the next lesson becomes available.

Lesson 1

The Diagnosis –  Learn about your symptoms of OCD and how cognitive behavioural therapy can help.

Lesson 2

Tackling OCD Worries – Identify and challenge OCD thoughts and worries.

Lesson 3

Managing OCD Behaviours – Learn to reduce unhelpful OCD behaviours and confront your fears with step-by-step exercises.


Lesson 4

Exposure To Thoughts, Images And Urges – Learn how to identify and manage distressing OCD images and urges.

Lesson 5

Keep Progress Going – Overcome common difficulties encountered when managing your OCD.

Lesson 6

Preventing Relapse And Getting Even Better – Learn how to prevent an OCD relapse and where to seek further information and support.

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What's Included

Each of our courses has been designed to help you get the most out of self-guided learning and provides you with a range of materials to support you on your recovery journey.


Story-based lessons that teach core coping skills

Extra Resources

Tools to help you overcome common challenges


Exercises designed to help you tackle your symptoms

Alerts & Reminders

Reminder e-mails and texts to help you stay on track

Action Plans

Step-by-step activities to help you put new skills into practice

Progress Tracking

Questionnaires to help you monitor your well-being

How to Get Started

Option 1: Enrol in this course as ‘self-help’ and complete it independently, or 

Option 2: Speak with your regular clinician (e.g., your GP, psychologist, or other health professional) and see if they can prescribe you this course and monitor you throughout your online treatment. You can download and take the Clinician Letter to your appointment.

Choose to start right away or speak with your clinician about this course

Enrol As Self-Help

$ 59 for 90 days of access
  • Get instant access and start right away
  • Complete a lesson every 1-2 weeks
  • Extra 12 months of access once completed
  • Available to people who ordinarily reside in Australia

Get a Prescription

Free for 90 days of access
  • Get free access with a prescription
  • Your clinician can monitor how you are
  • Extra 12 months of access once completed
  • Available worldwide with a prescription

Please note: our courses have not been evaluated in populations who have been diagnosed as having schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol; or take sedative medication (e.g., Valium, lorazepam) daily. More tailored, intensive, face-to-face support from a clinician may be more suitable for these populations and for people who are thinking about suicide. We recommend that such individuals seek clinician support and medical advice before enrolling into a self-guided online treatment course for their mental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, we’ve helped many individuals improve their mental health through our clinical trials and online courses. If you have any questions about this course, check out the FAQs below or get in touch with us.

People with more than one episode of OCD and who are ready to confront their fears very gradually to find out that what they fear does not occur.

This course is self paced, but is designed to be completed within 3 months. It is best to do one lesson every week or two to allow time to practice between lessons.

When you complete the course in 3 months, you will be given another 12 months access to help you practice your new skills and progress further.

Please note, there is a 5-day lockout period between lessons to encourage the revision of material and to give you enough time to practice the skills you have learned. 

You can enrol in the ‘self-help’ option and start the course right away for $59 (you must reside in Australia to access this option), or you can seek a prescription from your regular GP or mental health professional and enrol in the course for free (this option is available worldwide under the supervision of your treating physician).

The amount of support you receive will depend on the way you choose to do this course.

If your clinician – doctor, psychologist or other mental health professional – prescribes it, they will have access to the course and your well-being scores, so you can check-in with them about your progress and how you feel.

If you do the course as ‘self-help’, there is no clinical support available because the course is completely automated, although you can contact us for any technical difficulties. However, provided you complete all six lessons, the results will be as good as with supervision.

When you enrol in this course as ‘self-help’ you will be guided through the lessons by our system and will be completing it independently.

Our team is here to provide technical assistance, but we are not able to answer clinical questions or give you personalised advice about your health.

When you enrol in this course under the ‘supervision’ of your regular clinician (e.g., your GP, psychologist, psychiatrist, or other health professional) they will be able to view your progress and well-being scores, and will be able to check in on you should you require further assistance.

You may also be able to check in with them about your particular symptoms or seek further guidance on implementing the strategies you learn.

Some clinicians may choose to prescribe this course as part of your face-to-face or telehealth sessions.

Some clinicians may choose to recommend that you enrol in this course as ‘self-help’ and support you throughout without formally prescribing it to you.

You can access this course for free if your regular clinician is registered with THIS WAY UP and prescribes this course to you by e-mailing you a personalised registration link called a “Quickscript” using our secure online system.

Here’s how to discuss this option with your health professional:

Step 1.

Make an appointment with your clinician (e.g., your GP, Medical Specialist, Psychologist or other Allied Health Professional).

Step 2.

Download, print, and take the Clinician Letter to your appointment. This letter outlines some information about how your clinician can register with THIS WAY UP and prescribe our courses using our online system.

Step 3.

Ask your clinician if they are familiar with THIS WAY UP and tell them about the course you’d like to do.

If your clinician is new to THIS WAY UP, they may need some time to register and get to know our system, so you may not be able to get a course prescription right away.

If your clinician is able to prescribe and monitor you throughout the course, they will send you a ‘prescription’ e-mail called a “Quickscript” via our system with details on how to enrol.

Please note, it is up to individual clinicians to decide whether it is appropriate for them to prescribe and monitor you through one of our courses. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your clinician will be able to assist you.

The best place to seek advice about treatment options for you specific symptoms and situation is from your GP.

To make the most of the course we recommend completing a lesson every 1-2 weeks and practising the skills that you learn regularly. Make sure that you download and save all of the downloadable course materials so you can come back and review the strategies later on.

The Science Behind This Course

This course is based on established clinical practice guidelines. It has also been evaluated in randomised controlled trials and in studies in real world settings, including:

Mahoney et al. (2014) | Luu et al. (2021) | Li et al. (2021).

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For Clinicians

This course has been developed using best practice, evidence-based strategies for the treatment of OCD.

As a registered THIS WAY UP clinician you can prescribe The OCD Course to your clients and stay informed of their progress.