OCD Treatment Through Storytelling: A Strategy for Successful Therapy

Hardcover | January 17, 2011

byAllen H. Weg

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Storytelling and metaphor are among the most effective and useful tools therapists can use to better identify with their clients, clearly explain a disorder to family members, and introduce new treatment options. Based on years of clinical work with clients with OCD and their families, OCDTreatment Through Storytelling contains dozens of stories that therapists can adapt and employ in their own practices to explain hard-to-grasp aspects of OCD and its most effective treatment, Exposure and Response Prevention. Through Allen Weg's engaging narratives, an experience at Toronto's CN Tower becomes a lesson about OCD treatment; a popular science fiction film is a parable on how clients can overcome fears and phobias. Entertaining and accessible, these stories-some autobiographical, some universal-eachilluminate a feeling, a strategy, a dynamic, or an intervention relevant to OCD or its treatment. Stories become methods of instruction and engagement in treatment, creating a solid foundation upon which to build understanding, empathy and support for those with OCD and their families. OCD TreatmentThrough Storytelling is a unique and useful resource for all mental health professionals who provide therapeutic services to persons with OCD and their families, and will be of interest to anyone wishing to better understand "the OCD experience."

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Storytelling and metaphor are among the most effective and useful tools therapists can use to better identify with their clients, clearly explain a disorder to family members, and introduce new treatment options. Based on years of clinical work with clients with OCD and their families, OCDTreatment Through Storytelling contains dozens ...

Allen H. Weg, Ed.D., is a licensed psychologist and Founder and Executive Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey. He is also Co-Founder and Vice President on the Board of Directors of OCD New Jersey, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), on which he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Obsessions and Compulsions2. Exposure Therapy3. The Nuts and Bolts of Exposure Therapy4. Thinking Processes Associated with Exposure Therapa5. When Symptoms Persist After Exposure6. When A Child Has OCD7. Trust8. Lapses and Relapses9. Special Topics10. In Defense of ERP as an OCD TreatmentConcluding StatementsAppendix: Index of StoriesFurther Reading