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Psychotherapy - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Psychotherapy - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


With Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD

Mindfulness is the central ingredient in a growing number of empirically supported treatments, and mindfulness practices hold great promise not only for personal development, but as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy.

In Mindfulness for Anxiety, Dr. Siegel works with a young man who presents with stress-related chronic neck pain. First he helps the client to see that the mind plays a critical role in his presenting problem. Next, using the therapeutic understanding that resistance to mental and physical discomfort exacerbates suffering, Dr. Siegel works to identify the physical sensations and emotions that the client is struggling to avoid.

Through practicing acceptance of pain sensations, anxiety, and other emotions, the client is able to become more comfortable with these experiences as they arise, placing him on a path toward freedom from his disorder.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / Approx. 100 minutes

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By Kay Redfield Jamison

Watch Kay Redfield Jamison, bestselling author of An Unquiet Mind and international expert on bipolar disorder, in this informative and intriguing interview that presents essential information on assessment and treatment of bipolar disorder in psychotherapy.

A survivor of bipolar disorder herself, Dr. Jamison courageously uses her personal struggle to help clients and therapists understand the misconceptions of this lethal illness. In this riveting interview with Victor Yalom, PhD, clinicians will find out not only what bipolar disorder is, but also what causes it, how to make an accurate diagnosis, and how to treat it effectively. Based on extensive research, Jamison presents compelling evidence that this is a progressive illness that requires medical treatment, and that psychotherapy and medication can be life-saving for people with this devastating disease.

Considering that bipolar disorder puts one at a greater risk for suicide than any other illness, it is essential that clinicians are thoroughly informed about the nature of this sobering disease. There's no person more qualified to learn about bipolar disorder from than Dr. Jamison.

By watching this program, you will:

  • Learn how to recognize the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and how to make an accurate diagnosis.
  • Develop an understanding of how to talk to clients with Bipolar Disorder about medication compliance.
  • Gain essential information about the critical tasks for therapists treating clients with Bipolar Disorder.

    Too many therapists are under-informed about Bipolar Disorder and are treating clients without crucial knowledge. Don't risk a malpractice suitˇXget informed by watching this illuminating interview and learning how to best help your clients who are suffering from this devastating disease.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / 2011 / 53 minutes

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    With Bunmi O. Olatunji, PhD

    In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Clients With Anxiety and Panic, Bunmi O. Olatunji demonstrates this effective and versatile approach to helping clients meaningfully change detrimental patterns in their thoughts and actions.

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy views anxiety as the result of maladaptive habits of thinking and behavior, usually including the tendency to overestimate the possibility of something negative occurring and to avoid that which produces anxiety. Studies have found that avoidance temporarily eases fear, but tends also to reinforce it so that it continues over time. To counter this, the therapist often will teach new ways of thinking and gradually expose the client to that which causes anxiety.

    In this session, Olatunji works with a young woman who is suffering from panic attacks. First he provides some psychoeducation about the purpose of fear and anxiety, and then helps her to see the irrational aspects of the rationalizations she makes for feeling the way she does.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    With Michelle G. Craske, PhD

    In Treating Clients With Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Dr. Michelle G. Craske demonstrates her cognitive-behavioral approach to working with clients with this disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder involves consistent feelings of anxiety, excessive worry, and tension. Typically there is little or no provocation for the client's worry, and there may also be physical symptoms such as muscle aches and fatigue. Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on thoughts and actions that might contribute to the anxiety and on helping clients see any negative bias they may have in interpreting information.

    In this session, Dr. Craske works with a 56-year-old woman who feels overwhelmed by her workload and worries incessantly about her son. Dr. Craske guides the client through anxiety-producing imagery, introduces strategies for handling her anxiety, and helps the client begin to interpret life events in a more realistic way.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2008 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    With Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP

    In Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior, Dr. Martin M. Antony demonstrates his approach to working with this common problem. Dr. Antony works within a cognitive-behavioral framework, which includes an exploration of the triggers that bring on the client's anxiety, prolonged exposure to these cues, and prevention of the client's compulsive behavior. The client is taught strategies for coping with anxiety that arises during the course of the practice.

    In this session, Dr. Antony works with a woman in her 30s who exhibits compulsive behavior surrounding counting and order.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D

    Clients seeking psychotherapy frequently suffer from both anxiety and depression, making treatment particularly challenging. In this video, internationally renowned therapist Donald Meichenbaum demonstrates a brief, effective approach for treating these comorbid disorders. Viewers follow a dramatic recreation of key moments in his 12-session course of therapy with Anna P., a 40-year-old woman who experiences recurrent bouts of panic in addition to a long history of depression.

    By watching this video, you'll gain increased understanding and skills in:
  • Using assessment procedures to establish therapeutic priorities and a collaborative treatment plan.
  • Helping clients clearly see the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and develop strategies for change.
  • Reconceptualizing presenting complaints into problems with hopeful solutions.
  • Teaching intra- and interpersonal coping skills by means of stress inoculation training and other cognitive-behavioral techniques.

    DVD (With Manual) / 2006 / 66 minutes

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    With Samuel M. Turner, PhD

    In Behavior Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Dr. Samuel M. Turner demonstrates his approach to treating this form of anxiety disorder. Because this approach assumes that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) derives from an underlying core fear, treatment involves exposing the client to fear-producing stimuli and teaching blocking of compulsive behaviors. The therapist takes an active role in encouraging and directing the client in efforts to prevent habitual obsessive responses to fear. In this session, Dr. Turner works with a 32-year-old woman whose obsessive-compulsive disorder takes the form of obsessive washing and avoidance behavior. Dr. Turner helps her to dismantle her fear of contamination with exercises that expose her to her core fear.

    This program features a client portrayed by an actor on the basis of actual case material.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    With R. Reid Wilson, PhD

    In Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Dr. R. Reid Wilson demonstrates and discusses his cognitive-behavioral approach to treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD is a common anxiety disorder that involves obsessive thinking accompanied by compulsive behavior. Dr. Wilson's approach is to focus closely on a client's thought processes so as to make the client realize the irrationalˇXand ultimately irrelevantˇXcontent of the obsessions.

    In this session, Dr. Wilson interviews a female client with long-standing OCD cleaning and ordering rituals. He illustrates how to gain rapport, confront fearful belief systems, encourage motivation, and challenge the need for confidence. He clarifies the benefits of viewing OCD as a mental "game" in which she can "win" by changing her responses to the symptoms of the disorder. He explains the four primary homework assignments in his treatment of OCD: Treat the content as irrelevant, accept the obsessions when they arise, seek out uncertainty, and seek out distress.

    DVD / 2004 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    By Anin Utigaard, MFT

    Watch Person-Centered child therapist Anin Utigaard in an actual counseling session with a shy eight-year-old girl.

    Anin Utigaard masterfully teaches us to pay attention to all of the ways we communicate with children in therapy. Watch as she enters the child's world through her speech, body language and play, and carefully attends to the child's need to please. In this program, Utigaard connects with a little girl's shyness and fear of doing something wrong. Interacting with her through play and art, Utigaard builds safety and trust, and sparks the girl's sense of initiative. Jon Carlson and Don Keat introduce Ms. Utigaard, and facilitate an in-depth discussion of the further impact and uses of this approach.

    From watching this program you will:
  • Develop an understanding of the key concepts of person-centered child therapy including utilizing empathy, unconditional positive regard, congruence, and attention to children's need to please.
  • Gain insight into Anin Utigaard's therapy style and how she mirrors children's feelings and expresses her own honestly through speech, body language and play.
  • Learn how to apply Utigaard's person-centered techniques to your own therapeutic work with children.

    DVD / 2002 / 111 minutes

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    With Jeffrey Kottler, PhD

    Jeffrey Kottler showcases his expert skills in integrating multiple therapy approaches in an actual counseling session in this 3-part program.

    What Jeffrey Kottler has noticed in his vast training in multiple theoretical perspectives is that all kinds of therapy work. Good therapy is when the therapist engages the client and combines certain core ingredients including a combination of insight and action, and cognition and affect. In this program, Kottler engages with a client who is struggling with two losses: the ending of a romantic relationship and her children moving out. You'll be impressed by how quickly he makes a connection with her and uses this alliance to allow his interventions to take root. Creatively pulling techniques from a variety of approaches, and even using humor, he helps her develop a new focus on how she can bridge her loneliness by reaching out to people in new ways. Jon Carlson and Diane Kjos introduce Kottler and facilitate a discussion on the approach.

    By watching this counseling program, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the essential elements of what Kottler views as good therapy, including focusing on the relationship, listening, creating a place for catharsis, activating emotion, and providing insight and structure for taking action.
  • Describe Kottler's counseling style and how he tailors his approach depending on the client's wants and needs.
  • Integrate multiple counseling approaches in your sessions with clients.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English Subtitles) / 2001 / 105 minutes

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    With Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

    Donald Meichenbaum expertly demonstrates his refined and renowned Cognitive-Behavioral approach in an actual therapy session in this 3-part program.

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy works with the interconnection between thoughts, feelings and behavior using psychoeducational techniques that target symptoms to help clients reach their specific goals. In this program, Meichenbaum demonstrates how to integrate seven key CBT tasks in a single therapy session with a woman who is struggling with severe anxiety and insomnia as the caretaker for her mentally ill father. Meichenbaum highlights the list of "shoulds" and self-criticisms she continually rotates through her mind, and through an exercise helps the client reveal some of the pain and anger that those self-criticisms mask. He offers techniques to help her curb her insomnia and educates her on how an ongoing therapy would help her heal past wounds and teach her to nurture herself. Jon Carlson and Diane Kjos introduce Meichenbaum and facilitate a discussion on his approach.

    By watching this counseling program, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the key elements and tasks that make up Meichenbaum's unique therapeutic approach.
  • Describe Meichenbaum's therapy style and how he creates a connection with his client, then pulls from an array of techniques to tailor the therapy session to the client's needs.
  • Integrate a cognitive-behavioral approach into your own therapeutic work with clients.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English Subtitles) / 2000 / 109 minutes

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    The programme consists of edited highlights following the first consultation and treatment of a patient who was greatly troubled by this condition. She initially presents with two phobias, of peanuts and glass but later on refers to hand washing and other rituals.

    The programme illustrates aspects of behavioural psychotherapy (graded exposure for the treatment of phobias). The hand washing is tackled with response prevention. Discussion of the triggering and maintaining factors, and the dangers of any psychotherapeutic endeavour are also included.

    A professionally interested audience and students of most health care disciplines. Of particular relevance to those on psychology and psychotherapy courses and psychiatric trainees.

    DVD / 1997 / 29 minutes

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    By Ernest Rossi, PhD

    Advances in neuroscience confirm the importance of the mind-body connection. Watch pioneer Ernest Rossi demonstrate a Mind-Body approach in an actual therapy session in this 3-part program!

    Ernest Rossi brings to light important new research indicating that the brain is constantly growing and changing, and, with this, the profound realization that our mind and its responses can also change. In this program, Rossi works with Robin, who says she is constantly analyzing but doesn't know how to imagine. Rossi endeavors to elicit a sense of wonder in Robin, leading her in mind-body exercises that challenge her to think in new ways. In so doing Robin uncovers a belief that she always needs to have control, as well as a previously unknown desire to find some mental peace and quiet. Hosts Jon Carlson and Diane Kjos introduce Dr. Rossi and facilitate an enlightening discussion on the approach.

    From watching this program, you will:
  • Develop an understanding of the key components of Mind-Body Therapy, including examining symptoms as mind-body signals that need attention, and helping clients navigate between social constraints and their own creativity.
  • Gain insight into Rossi's therapy style, including how he asks basic accessing questions to tap into a client's mind-body connection.
  • Learn how to apply a Mind-Body approach to your own therapeutic work with clients.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English Subtitles) / 1997 / 117 minutes

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    By Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, and Judy Lewis

    Watch two therapists demonstrate psychoeducational activities to clients in recovery, including relaxation exercises, lifestyle adjustment strategies, thought pattern correction methods, and the creation of action plans for preventing stressful circumstances.

    By viewing this video, you will:

  • Learn two relaxation and meditation strategies for use in any situation;
  • Discover the importance of creating good habits for diet, exercise, and sleep that improve the body's ability to handle normal daily stress;
  • Identify common stress-creating thought patterns and practice techniques to replace these with stress-relieving thoughts;
  • Make plans to cope with and prevent future stressful situations you encounter in your day-to-day life.

    DVD (With English subtitles) / 107 minutes

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    By Sue Johnson

    Dr. Sue Johnson has been hailed as "the most original contributor to couples therapy to come along in the last 30 years." Now you'll have the chance to watch her conduct an actual session with a challenging couple haunted by the "echoes of war."

    By watching this video you'll learn:
  • The core theory and principles of EFT;
  • How to help couples identify the negative cycles that keep them stuck;
  • Specific techniques to help clients access the primary emotions that drive their conflicts, including reframing, amplification, "relentless empathy," and enactments.

    2 DVDs (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / 213 minutes

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    By Joseph Wolpe

    In a fascinating discussion with Dr. Joseph Wolpe, he reveals how his experiences treating soldiers in World War II eventually led him to develop systematic desensitization as a treatment for anxiety and fear disorders. Wolpe offers viewers specific clinical advice about how and when to integrate cognitive therapy with behavior therapy techniques in the treatment of fear.

  • Learn about the development of systematic desensitization.
  • Understand the history of treatments for PTSD, anxiety, and fear-based disorders.
  • Appreciate the importance of scientific experimentation to validate therapeutic technique.

    Streaming (1 Year) / 59 minutes

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    By Reid Wilson

    In these live sessions with a patient suffering from obsessive thinking, Reid Wilson demonstrates tools and techniques of cognitive therapy that clinicians can begin to apply immediately.

    With humor, compassion and impressive persistence, Wilson masterfully helps Rita do a 180 when it comes to how she's approaching her health anxiety. Challenging conventional wisdom about how to get better, Wilson's paradoxical approach to change is reminiscent of Buddhist teachings that talk about suffering coming from resistance. Urging her to want her symptoms as opposed to trying to get rid of them, he turns everything upside down, making for a fascinating and refreshing approach to anxiety disorders in particular and life in general.

    While kind and patient, Wilson is at times somewhat pushy and aggressive. On this aspect of his approach he says: "This method can be challenging to therapists who work in a less directive, more client-centered way. But these clients are really stuck in a faulty belief system. If we aren't aggressive in our tactics, then we are going to be at the work for a long time."

    If you're looking for a way to really make some inroads with your clients with anxiety disorders in a short period of time, this video is definitely for you.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Learn the core concepts of Wilson's approach to treating anxiety disorders.
  • Understand how to conduct a highly focused assessment.
  • Identify tools for helping clients increase their tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English Subtitles) / 164 minutes

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    By Reid Wilson

    In this live session with a real patient, anxiety disorder expert Reid Wilson applies a provocative cognitive behavioral approach to one of the most vexing problems therapists encounter: panic disorder.

    If you're struggling using traditional approaches with clients who have panic or other anxiety disorders, let Wilson guide you in a radically different, counterintuitive and extremely effective approach.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Learn the core concepts of Wilson's approach to treating panic disorder
  • Understand how to conduct a highly focused assessment
  • Identify tools for helping clients tolerate discomfort and panic symptoms

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English Subtitles) / 68 minutes

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    By Reid Wilson

    Working with therapeutic resistance is often discussed in psychotherapy training, but the ambivalent OCD client poses a unique challenge for clinicians. Here, anxiety expert Reid Wilson demonstrates a counterintuitive cognitive-behavioral approach to confronting safety-seeking behaviors that can help these clients maintain commitment to recovery.

    Given Kathleen's belief in the content of her obsessive thinking around safety and cleanliness, she's to be commended for her strides with the therapeutic exposure practices Wilson offers. Many of Kathleen's obsessions are grounded in reasonable concerns we all deal with; but OCD's ability to exaggerate these concerns makes treatment a challenge for therapists and clients alike. Over two sessions, Wilson proposes several tailored modifications intended to support Kathleen in "moving toward" the anxiety that drives her compulsive behaviors, helping her more fully engage with her recovery and see real change.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Learn the core concepts of Wilson's approach to treating the ambivalent OCD client.
  • Understand how to conduct a highly focused assessment.
  • Identify tools for helping clients increase their tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual) / 182 minutes

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    By Reid Wilson

    In these live sessions with a real patient, Reid Wilson demonstrates Exposure Therapy in action, offering a frame of reference that clinicians can begin to apply immediately.

    After watching these two remarkable sessions with a woman who is afraid of flying, you'll surely be wondering, "Well, how did the flight go?" (She was leaving for a flight right after her second session with Wilson). Without giving too much away, we're pleased to report that the work she did with Wilson in these two sessions made a huge difference, and she updated us that she managed without medication, didn't feel nearly as much panic as she usually does, and she was able to talk herself down fairly quickly when anxiety arose. She also shared that she was amazed by her progress and all that she was able to do. Pretty impressive for just two sessions! Once you see Wilson in action, you'll understand how to help your own clients make similar progress with their phobias.

    By watching this video you will:
  • Learn the core concepts of Wilson's approach to treating phobias
  • Understand how to conduct a highly focused assessment
  • Identify tools for facilitating habituation through exposure therapy techniques.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English Subtitles) / 177 minutes

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    By Reid Wilson

    Severe OCD can seem hopelessly intractable, especially when a client has invested significant time in past therapy. Here, anxiety disorder expert Reid Wilson employs a variation of cognitive and strategic methods in two live sessions, demonstrating his paradoxical approach to tackling obsessive thinking.

    Months of previous exposure-based therapy hasn't given Bob much relief; he comes to Wilson claiming that now is his worst time with OCD, which he's suffered from since age 10. Intelligent and physically fit yet consumed with "repeater" behavior that detracts from his life goals, Bob lacks real-world tools to manage his anxiety, and lacks much hope for change.

    Wilson's compassionate but firm approach takes the view that "If [clients] don't risk the feared consequence, they can't get better." Over two sessions, Wilson leverages Bob's innate fighting spirit to support him in "moving toward" the anxiety that drives his compulsive behaviors, helping him more fully engage with his discomfort and fundamentally change his circumstances.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Learn the core concepts of Wilson's approach to treating the severe OCD client.
  • Understand how to conduct a highly focused assessment.
  • Identify tools for helping clients increase their tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual) / 162 minutes

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