I work with sticky minds, including unwanted and intrusive thoughts and urges, worries or memories.
Clinical Psychologist in Illinois
I use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which is the gold standard treatment for OCD. ERP helps you learn to tolerate the discomfort of anxiety and obsessions without acting on them. The incorporation of mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) supercharge our work, as they help you to focus on the larger reasons you are willing to get uncomfortable and engage in the hard work of treatment (e.g., relationships, creativity, self-confidence).
I use exposure therapy, a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to help you overcome your avoidance and develop greater flexibility in your responses to anxiety cues. The incorporation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) helps us to focus on meaningful behavioral change, instead of trying to control thoughts and feelings. We will work on what you want to move towards, vs what you are running from.
The Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment (ComB) is effective in addressing these behaviors, and involves identifying your triggers, including situations in which you are most likely to pick or pull, sensory cues and related intrusive thoughts. We then develop and try out an alternative plan and track the effectiveness of this approach. Together, we can develop a sustainable plan to help you best surf the urges to pick and pull.