Gaining a balanced perspective in cognitive therapy addresses and puts right misplaced guilt. It redirects trait-guilt, and thus moves the barrier between the individual and their relationship with God. In other words, it demonstrates, objectively, how intrusive guilt is inconsistent with one’s true character, behaviours and religious belief. By respecting the person’s faith, and in terms of separation anxiety, a therapist would not give reassurance, but would agree that building religious trust is essential for their well-being.
There is another factor to consider, which comes from Isaac Mark’s expression “obsessive phobia” which is not, as he puts it, ‘a direct fear of a given object or situation, but rather of the results which are imagined to arise from it’. While there is a distinction between a standard phobia and an obsession, an overlap can be noticed when a person shows signs of one and the other.
Exposure response prevention has been practiced for almost half-a-century and remains the most effective therapy for treating OCD. With Mindfulness integrated into the process this offers a solution for improving task engagement (in and out of the therapy room) and provides scope for preventing relapse.
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“Be it OCD, anxiety, depression, stress, or a general feeling of being stuck in a rut, you CAN unshackle. Talk to me, and I will show you how.” ~ Sunil Punjabi