Many of my clients ask what ERP stands for? Exposure Response Prevention sounds so formal and technical. Simply put, it is a process that creates ORDER out of mental CHAOS. It works by systematically facing your obsessions and abstaining from your compulsions.
ERP + Mindfulness = Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Many say, “that’s crazy, I am not doing that,” or better yet, “I can’t do it. I am incapable of ignoring my compulsions”.
I will assert that some of my most intense cases of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder were capable of accomplishing the process and within a short time they were able to stop seeing me because of their significant success.
This technique starts with finding where we need to begin.
Sometimes an obsession is made up of countless compulsions. Starting small with one easy compulsion and from there working our way up is most effective. Some individuals have several obsessions so starting with an easier obsession can help build confidence and trust in this therapeutic technique. The process alternates between us or that of you and your therapist of choice.
Mindfulness is another approach to manage the incessant obsessions in your head. Some individuals reach great improvement just from this skill alone. If any of this resonates with you, call me and set up an appointment.
Is Your Therapist Skilled in treating OCD?
Make sure your therapist is skilled in treating OCD as reassurance-seeking from your therapist can keep you stuck in your compulsions.In the beginning there will be some exchange of facts that may feel like reassurance-seeking, but this is part of the therapeutic process. Anxiety and OCD are treated differently, but some people have both issues. Having a therapist knowledgeable in treating both is essential to your success through these debilitating disorders. Message me if you have any questions.