The opposite of a wish…
But an obsession only gets stuck because of the energy used to fight it (rituals and avoidance). It is like a paradox. To treat it, we stop trying to control thoughts, but rather, lean into them.
Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) is all about withdrawing the fuel for the OCD fire.
We gradually expose ourselves to our most anxiety-provoking thoughts, learn to tolerate the feelings, and then prevent rituals.
Are You Interested in Participating in Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) Therapy?
I am looking for select candidates to provide EX/RP treatment to complete my certification as an EX/RP Provider for OCD. Ideal participants are:
- 18-30 years old
- Have been formally diagnosed with OCD in the past or suspect they have OCD
- Willing to participate in 2x weekly sessions (90-120 min each, over 8-10 weeks)
- Complete daily self-monitoring
- Willing to face their obsessional fears and tolerate discomfort
- May have tried EX/RP or have no experience with it
If you are interested, please use this form and answer the following questions:
- Please tell me your age, occupation, and city of residence.
- Have you ever been formally been diagnosed with OCD?
- Have you been treated before in the past using EX/RP?
- Why do you want to receive EX/RP?
- Do you need financial assistance to cover the cost of sessions?
- Model overview:
- 17-20 sessions, 90 minutes each session, 2x per week
- During each session: Exposures (In-Vivo and Imaginal)
- Daily Homework
- Eliminating Rituals and Avoidance
- Sessions 1-2 Assessment: 2 sessions-120 min each session.
- Information Gathering
- Create a Hierarchy of the Planned Exposures
- Sessions 3+: (90-120 min each session, 2x per week)
- In-Vivo and Imaginal Exposures based on the Hierarchy
- 90+/- minutes of exposure and then processing in session
- Plan the homework and check-ins
- Complete self-monitoring during the week
- Refrain from completing rituals and compulsions during the week