A: Thanks for writing in with your question. I do not know any specific therapists or psychiatrists in your area to recommend for your particular issue, but have you tried working with a provider who does specialize in the issues you mention, OCD and phobias? You can look up therapists and their specialty on PsychCentral, Psychology Today or by contacting your state’s licensing boards (counseling, psychology, etc).
You say your problem goes beyond indecisiveness, and I agree, especially considering the length and severity of the problem. However, have you tried to educate yourself on the underlying issue? I did a quick search and found a few self-help books that might interest you. http://boomersandbooks.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/the-art-of-indecision/
Finally, if you are not getting the results you need through traditional psychotherapy, I would suggest that you broaden your scope. For example, have you examined your problem from a spiritual perspective, from a philosophical perspective, etc.? Ask yourself what is at the root of your fear and face it directly. It reminds me of a quote I heard once, “There are no mistakes, only feedback.” In other words, every choice and decision we make is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and the world around us. Take the pressure off yourself and just live your life. You’ve been suffering long enough.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts