Author(s): TOM JON & CORBOY HERSHFIELD
If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you might have an irrational fear of being contaminated by germs, or obsessively double-check things. You may even feel like a prisoner, trapped with your intrusive thoughts.
Despite the fact that OCD can have a devastating impact on a person's life, getting real help can be a challenge. If you have tried medications without success, it might be time to explore further treatment options. You should know that mindfulness-based approaches have been proven-effective in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. They involve developing an awareness and acceptance of the unwanted thoughts, feelings, and urges that are at the heart of OCD. Combining mindfulness practices with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD offers practical and accessible tools for managing the unwanted thoughts and compulsive urges that are associated with OCD. With this workbook, you will develop present-moment awareness, learn to challenge your own distorted thinking, and stop treating thoughts as threats and feelings as facts.
"This is the most comprehensive, straight forward, easy-to-follow treatment manual combining CBT and mindfulness-based techniques. For those who may not have access to treatment providers, The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD will be an excellent resource to help guide and navigate how to overcome their obsessions and compulsions in a succinct, clear manner. By far, the best addition to my resource library and referral list." --Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW, author of The Hoarder in You
Jon Hershfield, MFT, is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders with mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. He is the moderator of a popular online discussion board devoted to fostering a better understanding of OCD with mental rituals, and is a regular presenter at the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation annual conference. He is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Tom Corboy, MFT, is the executive director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, which he founded in 1999. He is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the integration of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness for the treatment of OCD and related anxiety based conditions. In addition to treating individual clients, he has run weekly therapy groups for adults with OCD since 1997, and has presented at numerous conferences on the treatment of OCD. Foreword writer James Claiborn, PhD, ABPP, is a psychologist in private practice specializing in in OCD and related disorders. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and has presented internationally on OCD, CBT and other topics.