A model of joint conceptualisation will invite the therapist to place a foot in the bizarre world of the person’s OCD with its complex, varied and highly emotive rules woven with dread, terror or disgust within its own cruel, internal, apparently hermetically sealed logic. It will conclude that no one method is a panacea and that the therapist using the highly integrative platform of EMDR theory would benefit from a multi-stringed flexible therapeutic bow.
Building on the work of Marr (2012) the workshop will explore interactively:
using the EMDR protocol as an effective method for jointly formulating and achieving realistic agreed goals for the client;
present different examples of cognitive interweaves and metaphors when resistance or “stuck points” occur, touching on themes such as differing types of thought action fusion, inflated responsibility, beliefs about controlling thoughts, perfectionism, intolerance of uncertainty, meta-memory, catastrophizing and attentional focus;
offer the therapist tools to set aside individual world views and to seek to understand the particular meanings of awfulness and vulnerability for the person in the grip of OCD;
using positive psychology and compassionate mind work to install in the client a sense of the authentic self while helping the person overcome a fear of change and to work with a sense of grief some may feel for lost opportunities.
Other therapists will hopefully contribute by sharing their own ideas and experiences.
Nick Crichton is an EMDR Europe Consultant, a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and also trained in clinical hypnosis. After working as a mental health practitioner and manager in the social services department of a large local authority for approximately 25 years, he left in 1993 to retrain as a psychotherapist. He now works as a private psychotherapist, supervisor and coach, having also worked as a University lecturer and external supervisor on a post-graduate CBT course. He finds EMDR with to be a particularly integrative and exciting way of successfully treating OCD. This will form the basis of the seminar.