Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook For Ocd
The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy has just been released in its second edition. I was curious what a mindful approach to OCD would look like, but, as the subtitle says, this is a mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy in combination book its not a pull up a cushion and meditate book.
Sometimes mindfulness books start going into the territory of suggesting that you can meditate an illness away. This book definitely doesnt do that. It ties acceptance into exposure, and frames compulsions as resistance rather than acceptance.
The book emphasizes that thoughts are thoughts, not threats. Meditation in this context isnt about trying to empty the mind its about being there with those uncomfortable thoughts and just letting them be rather than trying to do anything about them.
Some CBT basics are covered, like ways to challenge cognitive distortions. Exposure and response prevention is emphasized throughout the book as a fundamental of treatment.
Compulsions are explained as a type of reinforcement they temporarily reduce distress, but they reinforce to the brain that those thoughts were distressing and intolerable. Choosing not to act on a compulsion is a choice that requires mindfulness, and mindfulness can help in identifying what has led up to the compulsive urge. It also provides feedback to the brain that obsessive thoughts dont need to be acted on.
The book explains that the fundamental rule of a mindfulness approach to OCD is
The Mindfulness Workbook For Ocd
Despite the fact that OCD can have a devastating impact on a persons life, getting effective help can be a challenge. Studies have found that the average person with OCD suffers over 14 years before finding effective treatment.
Yet, research has repeatedly and consistently found Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to be incredibly effective for OCD. Furthermore, over the past 15 years, developments in the field of psychology have led to new, even more effective treatments that integrate CBT with traditional principles of mindfulness.
This so-call third wave of Mindfulness-Based CBT includes techniques and strategies that have been proven to be particularly effective in treating the unwanted thoughts, feelings, and sensations that are at the heart of OCD and related anxiety disorders.
The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD is the first book to focus exclusively on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of OCD. Using a workbook format, it provides readers with easy-to-implement tools and techniques to conquer their OCD. This landmark book covers all major sub-types of OCD, including:
- Contamination OCD
- Sensorimotor OCD
If you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or if you are a mental health provider who treats those with OCD, The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD will provide you with valuable insights and practical, concrete tools to defeat OCD.
About The Ocd Center Of Los Angeles
The OCD Center of Los Angeles is a private outpatient treatment center specializing in Mindfulness Based CBT for the treatment of OCD and related conditions. We have 14 therapists on staff, all of whom are either licensed or registered, and all of whom specialize in Mindfulness Based CBT. We treat adults, adolescents, and children, and offer services six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays.
We have offices at three locations in Southern California:
- Los Angeles Brentwood
- San Fernando Valley Woodland Hills
- Orange County Newport Beach
If you would like more information about Mindfulness Based CBT, or would like to discuss treatment options at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, please call one of our client coordinators at 824-5200 , or .
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A Guide To Overcoming Obsessions And Compulsions Using Mindfulness And Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
232 Pages, 8.00 x 10.00 x 0.51 in
If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder , 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. And while OCD can have a devastating impact on your life, getting real help can be a challenge.
Combining mindfulness practices with cognitive-behavioral therapy , 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 fully revised and updated second edition also includes new meditations, information, and chapters on emotional and mental contamination, existential obsessions, false memories, and more.
If youre ready to take back your life back from OCDand start living with more joy in the momentthis workbook has everything you need to get started right away.
OCD wins by luring you into perils of the past or fears of the future. But you dont have to fall prey to these tricks! The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD is the definitive guide to harnessing the power of the present to triumph over OCD.Shala Nicely, LPC, author of Is Fred in the Refrigerator? ~Shala Nicely, LPC
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What People Are Saying About The Mindfulness Workbook
As someone who has benefitted greatly from both cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practice, I am thrilled to see a book showcasing how powerful their pairing can be for those of us with OCD. The practical roadmap Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy provide here offers turn-by-turn directions to the one place OCD simply cant survive: the present moment!
Jeff Bell, author of Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of OCD
A valuable addition to the self-help library of all OCD sufferers, as well as those who treat OCD! The book presents state-of-the art information for incorporating very effective mindfulness techniques into effective OCD treatment.
Lee Baer, PhD, clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and author of Getting Control and The Imp of the Mind
The concept of mindfulness is proving to be an increasingly important concept in dealing with a number of disorders, and this book ably extends it to OCD. It presents a concise and practical approach to this topic, with straightforward easy-to-follow instructions. The skills readers will gain from learning to be fully in the present moment and accepting what is occurring there will surely add a great deal to their efforts at overcoming what is a confusing and painful disorder.
Fred Penzel, PhD, psychologist and executive director at Western Suffolk Psychological Services, Huntington, NY, and author of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well