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Welcome! My name is Peter Strong, and I am a professional Online Therapist. I specialize in Mindfulness Therapy for treating a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, stress, addictions and also for the online treatment of OCD, which stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. OCD describes the condition in which the mind is plagued by intrusive and repetitive thoughts, beliefs or memories that often result in equally compulsive and repetitive behaviors, such as repeated hand washing or re-checking to see if you locked the back door, over and over again.
OCD is VERY DISTRESSING and embarrassing and can generate tremendous anxiety and reduction in self-esteem and confidence…
So, how does Mindfulness Therapy work? Well, briefly, Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to control the reactive thoughts that cause reactive-compulsive behaviors. We learn how to establish what is called a Mindfulness-based Relationship with our compulsive thoughts, so that we can hold those thoughts in our awareness without becoming overwhelmed by them. When we can do this, then we can start to examine the underlying emotion that duels the obsessive thoughts – and this is essential for the treatment of OCD.
Working with that underlying emotion using mindfulness allows us to change the structure of how that emotion operates in the mind. So, once you can change the underlying emotions, then you take the fuel away from the obsessive thinking and this then stops that obsessive thinking converting into compulsive behaviors.
So, if you would like to learn more about Mindfulness Therapy for OCD, please contact me through my website. Send me an email and then we can discuss if Online Therapy for OCD is a good choice for you, and I will explain more detail about how this works, and then we can schedule a Skype Therapy Session for your OCD. So, please, if you are interested in Online Mindfulness Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, contact me now. Thank you!
Most forms of emotional suffering arise because of habitual patterns of reactive thoughts, obsessive thinking that repeats over and over again. Mindfulness Therapy, which is now available online via Skype, is one of the best therapies available for neutralizing obsessive thoughts, allowing you to live in a more balanced way.
Online Therapy via Skype for Overcoming Obsessive Thinking and Compulsive Behaviors
“The problem I have is that thoughts flood into my mind and leave me completely stressed. I have tried CBT, which helped a lot, but there was something else I needed. Mindfulness Therapy with Peter gave me a better way to work with my emotions – that is what I needed.” – Louise, New Jersey
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) describes a range of habitual patterns of recurrent thinking (Cognitive OCD) and behaviors (Behavioral OCD). Mild forms of OCD are actually quite common in adults and are frequently associated with chronic anxiety and stress. OCD in its severe form may result from an underlying medical condition and require treatment from a medical doctor, but the more mild forms of OCD can be successfully managed through the right kind of psychotherapy.
OCD generally revolves around certain strong and emotionally charged beliefs and patterns of recurrent thoughts that accompany these beliefs. These repetitive and intrusive thoughts can lead to compulsive behaviors and activities. For example, a person may believe that they are ugly or fat and feel disgusted by their body image. Based on this belief they become obsessed with thoughts about how ugly they are and how they will never be able to attract a mate. Based on these patterns of recurrent thinking they may become obsessed with dieting or ritualized obsessions around clothes and grooming. The combination of negative self-image and self-talk can lead to Social Anxiety and Performance Anxiety.
People with OCD are often only too painfully aware that their compulsive beliefs are irrational but feel helpless to stop these powerful inner forces. People suffering from OCD are often very embarrassed by their habits and irrational beliefs and this is why Online Therapy for OCD via Skype can be so very effective, because it is so much less embarrassing to talk to a therapist online via Skype than in person.
How to get rid of obsessive compulsive (OCD) intrusive thoughts
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional mindfulness therapist, living in Colorado and I offer online therapy via Skype for anxiety, depression, OCD, addictions and many other common psychological and emotional problems that are really the result of habitual reactive thinking.
OCD of course is a classic example of obsessive compulsive thinking that compels us into certain activities or avoidance or excessive worry or other actions that are not functional and not helping our quality of life.
People feel trapped in obsessive thinking and they come to me and ask over and over again how can I get rid of these obsessive compulsive thoughts. Well, the first thing to understand that it is really important that you don’t start off trying to get rid of OCD thoughts, because that sets up a pattern of aversion in the mind. of inner hatreds to those thoughts, and that actually feeds the obsessive thoughts and will make them stronger and more likely to reoccur. The other thing to try and stay away from is avoidance techniques: trying to replace the obsessive thought with other thoughts, even positive thoughts. Again all this does is create an internal tension that feeds the obsessive thoughts and will cause them to repeat.
So what causes OCD thoughts? How does this work? Well, the primary thing to understand is it’s a habit, first of all, and like all habits OCD thinking thrives on unawareness, of not actually being consciously aware of the thought process itself that gets triggered. The second thing to understand about obsessive thoughts is that they are highly charged emotionally. They are emotionally charged and that is what causes them to repeat over and over again. And this is actually quite functional. In a sense you could say they have to repeat themselves until they are able to resolve themselves and let go of that obsessive emotional energy. It has to be discharged. So until you can discharge the emotional charge of the thought it will not simply go away.
So to do that we use a variety of mindfulness techniques. The first is to stop identifying with the thoughts, to stop simply becoming the thoughts, becoming overwhelmed by them, becoming controlled by them. That’s very important. So we do this by actually learning to meditate on your obsessive thoughts themselves. We start to break free from them as we become more and more the observer and develop more and more consciousness. When you are the observer you are not the obsessive thought, bare that are not in mind. So the more you practice mindfulness of thoughts the freer you become from those thoughts.
The second thing that’s really important is to look at the imagery of the obsessive thoughts because it’s the imagery that actually encodes and creates the emotional charge of that thought, which is so important.
So we look at the imagery. Where do you see the thoughts? What’s there position? Usually, obsessive thoughts will be high at face level. That’s a very important part of what creates the emotional charge of that thought, its actual position, where you see it in the mind. Other things that encode emotional intensity are the size of the thoughts. Very large thoughts will be more intense emotionally than small thoughts. The color of thoughts can be quite interesting as well. Intense thoughts will have intense colors.
When we start to explore the imagery of our obsessive compulsive thoughts we can find how they actually work and then we can start exploring changing that imagery. And as you change the imagery you change the emotional charge of that thought.
So one very simple technique which you can practice yourself, and please leave comments if you have success with this method. It is called mindfulness placement technique. And that is where you take the thought and you simply move it and place it on the ground. So it’s like you take a thought out of the mind and place it on the ground. When you place a thought at a lower level, you take away a great deal of its emotional charge. Also, when you move it to the ground you create a greater space, where you strengthen your ability to stay as the observer of that thought, and that also is central to breaking free from the grip of the obsessive compulsive thoughts. So try that.
If you would like to learn more about mindfulness therapy for obsessive compulsive and intrusive thoughts, please go to my website. Learn more and then e-mail me with any questions you have about the mindfulness approach. And let’s schedule a Skype therapy session if you want to learn first hand how to work with obsessive compulsive intrusive thoughts.
I see people throughout America and Europe and the UK, wherever you have an internet connection and Skype then you can arrange for a Skype therapy session with me. The mindfulness approach is very effective indeed because it really gets down to the root cause of the OCD rather than just talking about it or trying to convince yourself not to have those thoughts.
It’s much better to actually try and disarm those thoughts in the way that I have described. So if you’re interested in online Skype therapy for OCD please contact me, send me an e-mail. Thank you.
Obsessive-Compulsive Health Anxiety
One very common form of OCD involves obsessive anxiety around health and the fear of becoming ill or the obsessive preoccupation with diseases. This is called hypochondriasis. Most people with hypochondria know perfectly well that their beliefs are irrational or too extreme, but that is not enough to stop their compulsive anxiety around illness. in order to change any compulsive beliefs you have to change and neutralize the underlying emotional energy that fuels those beliefs.
In Mindfulness Therapy, we focus in a very detailed way on changing the structure of the underlying emotional compulsions, not through analysis or will-power alone, but through mindfulness and compassion – the two greatest healing forces that we all have, but seldom use. No one teaches us how to be compassionate toward ourself and toward those painful and unpleasant emotions that we often carry in our heart.
How does Mindfulness Online Therapy for OCD work?
Most forms of analytic psychotherapies that try to analyze an underlying historical cause for the compulsive belief or behavior are not very effective. Even CBT, which is often very effective for anxiety and depression, may have little effect on OCD. Understanding the historical cause does not always affect the structure of the belief as it operates now, in the present. Trying to convince a person that their beliefs are wrong or irrational is also just not effective for changing how they feel inside. And, this is the clue for successful therapy for OCD. You must change the underlying compulsive emotions themselves, because this emotional energy is what gives power and meaning to the beliefs, which in turn gives rise to the reactive habitual thinking and compulsive behaviors.
So, in Mindfulness Therapy, we don’t worry so much about the beliefs and behaviors but focus in on the underlying emotions that are driving the whole show. If you have developed OCD around a negative self-image, or body image, then we need to look at the emotion itself. One of the principles of Mindfulness Therapy is that when we can change the core emotions then the beliefs, reactive intrusive thoughts and even the compulsive behaviors themselves will all change in direct proportion to the change in the core emotions.
Mindfulness is a very powerful awareness tool that is transforming all schools of modern psychotherapy. Mindfulness teaches clients how to form a non-reactive and non-judgemental relationship with the underlying core emotions. Most people with OCD form very negative attitudes toward themselves, which only makes the problem worse, so mindfulness-based therapy is provides a very welcome alternative, which is why Mindfulness Therapy is so very effective for OCD.
Mindfulness Therapy is a more developed form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is often called Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The first goal of MBCT is to learn to form a non-reactive relationship with the core emotions so that we do not add to our suffering through avoidance or negative reactivity and self-criticism.
During Online sessions, clients are guided to use their imagination to imagine or remember certain situations in which the compulsive thoughts or actions are stimulated. We learn how to “sit” with the emotions and compulsive impulses that arise just prior to the thought or behavior. This is a very important step that allows us to shift from being a victim of our impulses to being a witness of our emotions. We learn to hold the emotional impulse within an inner space of awareness. Create enough space around the emotion and it loses its power over you.
When the relationship is right, then we can begin to work with the emotion through imagery and gradually change the inner structure of the emotion itself so that it resolves and loses its intensity and “hold” over you. It is in this condition of inner freedom from the impulse that we can start to form different thoughts, beliefs and actions.
Change the core emotions and the beliefs and actions will change in direct response.
The goal of Mindfulness Therapy is to achieve freedom from any form of compulsion, whether in the mind or in our behaviors and relationships.
Online Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD
Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I’m a professional mindfulness therapist using a system of mindfulness therapy that I developed many years ago now, that’s extremely effective for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. So, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for OCD basically teaches you how to break free from the habit of reactive thinking, that is falling into the stream of reactive thinking, of rumination or worrying that might get triggered in the minds.
This is a very important step in cutting off the fuel that that fuels anxiety or depression. So, OCD is simply the result of a process where we become habitually identified with thoughts, and when we become trapped in our thinking. The result is that the thoughts tend to propagate more thoughts and this amplifies the reactive thinking, which in turn amplifies the underlying emotional obsession or anxiety or depression that feeds the OCD. So, learning to break this habit of reactive identification is extremely important and is the principal focus of the mindfulness therapy that I teach online via Skype.
If you’d like to learn more about mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for OCD, simply go to my websites and then email me. You can ask any questions you might have about mindfulness therapy for OCD and I’d be happy to explain to you how the mindfulness therapy approach can work for you. When you feel ready you can schedule a Skype therapy session with me at a time that works for you, and then begin to teach you how to apply mindfulness for overcoming obsessive thinking and for overcoming the anxiety and depression that’s associated with obsessive-compulsive thinking.
Break Free from Compulsive Behaviors and Obsessive Thinking – OCD Therapy Online
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Peter Strong, PhD is a Professional Psychotherapist, Online Therapist, Spiritual Teacher and Author, based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter developed a system of psychotherapy called Mindfulness Therapy for healing the root cause of Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Traumatic Stress and Emotional Suffering.
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Read more about OCD
Here is a link to an article published by the the Mayo Clinic on OCD.