Why Intensive Therapy?
Intensive therapy lends itself to the nature of the condition. At the very core of OCD are traits such as perfectionism, a need for certainty and to a want to feel comfortable most of the time. The problem is, over time the sufferer has accidentally taught themselves that they can’t tolerate any of the above through repeatedly performing compulsions, either through physical behaviours, or through rumination and mental problem solving. Through repeated experiences, the cycles of OCD become largely habitual, meaning that weekly therapy can feel like an uphill struggle when trying to change such familiar compulsions.
The intensive options allow us enough time to not only educate you, but to then also start implementing therapeutic techniques and skill sets immediately, allowing you to feel more confident in breaking the cycles of OCD. We have noticed that compared to weekly sessions, intensive therapy allows us to provide clients with a holistic, accurate foundation of understanding, which undoubtedly supports the entire therapeutic process.
Some of the findings below show just how powerful intensive therapy can be for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Dr Saxena , a Psychiatrist of the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine concluded that after 4 weeks of intensive treatment for patients with OCD, patients showed significant improvements in their OCD symptoms, and their ability to function, based on PET scans. Result success was also found in patients that had previously not responded successfully to standardized CBT.
Dr Saxena concluded: “"Our study reinforced the efficacy of the treatment, and now we've shown how it works in the brain."
How do I know which is the correct intensive option for me?
When it comes to making a decision about which treatment option to go for, it can feel like an extremely important decision. "Which would suit me best?" "How do I know which option will help me the most?" "What if I make the wrong decision?" As part of our free, 20 minute consultation, we will listen to your story, with the aim of helping you to understand which option may be best suited to you. The one to one option provides clients with a very bespoke and unique treatment experience, whereas the group option may be best suited to those that feel they would benefit from meeting others, and working at overcoming their OCD as part of a team. The home intensive option on the other is an option for clients that have time constraints, demanding jobs, children, or find it difficult to travel. Regardless of your needs, we're confident that we have an option that makes treatment accessible for all. Below is a little more information about what each option provides.
A 10 day option is also available. This can be discussed during initial free consultation with one of our therapists.
After starting the day with a warm welcome, we will concentrate on laying the foundation of knowledge around OCD. This includes understanding our emotions in relation to both everyday life and OCD, the role of the nervous system and the physiology behind anxiety, neuroplasticity education and the brain, how to break habitual patterns of behaviour and teaching you how to manage stress more effectively. The main aim of the first day is to empower and motivate you, as well as educate you about some of the basics that make up the condition so that you start to feel more informed about what is happening inside of your body every time you start to feel anxious in relation to your particular type of OCD.
During the second day we quickly build on what we learnt during day one. Today is more interactive, with more exercises as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the biochemistry behind the condition. We'll spend time looking at neuroplasticity, a cutting edge and proven to be effective method of OCD treatment. Research shows that, just as we learn new skills such as learning to ride a bike, speak a language or play a musical instrument, over time those with OCD have essentially taught themselves to be afraid, and subsequently constructed a hub of pathways that now signal the threat response to something that is indeed, not dangerous. We'll also start to look at ways at how you can use such knowledge to implement new behaviours, and start working towards rewiring your own brain.
This morning we will begin by delving into the subject of core beliefs. We’ll help you to identify some of the irrational core beliefs that will be driving your OCD fears, and how this has led to the particular type of subcategory of OCD that you as a client have gone on to develop. After lunch, we'll then show you ways in which you can start to implement all of the knowledge gained to this point, and use it constructively to start to make those first steps towards changing your life. we'll support you all the way, and be there right by your side as you start to implement the behavioural aspect of the program. In essence, changing your compulsive behaviours that have until now, kept you locked in the cycle known as OCD.
On day 4 we'll spend time reinforcing the behavioural work that was included in the previous day. This is the part of the program where clients say that they really start to feel a shift in the way that they feel, often expressing that they feel hopeful again for the future. Challenging OCD on a behavioural level will start to give you the confidence in yourself to believe that you can do it, and that there is a way out of the chains of OCD. Today is also about changing our relationship with anxiety and increasing our tolerance towards uncomfortable feelings, showing that OCD is simply a worthless distraction that no longer needs to rule your life. Many of our clients state that at this point they really start to feel the first feelings of regaining control of their life.
On the final day of the intensive program, we reflect on what we you have learnt over the last few days, as well as how to keep the momentum going that has been gained from the intensive experience. Today we'll also create a bespoke relapse prevention program, which will encompass other areas of your life and how to manage them in relation to the ongoing recovery of OCD. This includes sleep patterns, diet and nutrition, hobbies, career, social life and any other contributing factors that can aid in the management of stress. We'll also allow time to revisit any material that you may wish to refresh your memory on, as well as book you in for your first complimentary follow up session, to ensure that you continue to feel supported moving forward and back into every day life.
What’s included in every intensive program
Four 30 minute complimentary follow up sessions to be used as and when you choose (A therapist can recommend the best way of using these). For all group intensive attendees, these will be conference sessions rather than one to one sessions. Please note that there is an option to have further one to one support prior to the group intensive.
Psychoeducation and gaining a greater depth into how Neuroplasticity relates to OCD
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
A Bespoke Relapse Prevention Program including support for family and friends and Refresher Program