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Del Morrill, M.S. C.C.H


A Center for Counseling & Hypnosis
Tacoma, Washington, USA
(253) 752-1506

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

How do you handle OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)?

I've had great sessions with some OCD clients, and not-so-great ones with others. When it's been affective, it's like a miracle to the person. When it hasn't been received, then, of course, it's a disappointment. The issue with OCD, I feel, is that the obsession is some kind of protective device that becomes especially strong when the client feels threatened. The client seems convinced that if they don't carry through with the compulsion, they'll be overwhelmed by whatever they fear. Usually, they have no conscious idea of what they actually fear. So, one of the major things I find that I must do is to "talk to" the fearful part of the client, by first getting the deeper mind (or higher consciousness) to seek out whatever imprints or impressions are causing that OCD or fear, and changing them to something they can handle better. Then, I would try ask the "fearful one" to find out how the obsession them, and of what it is fearful. It helps to find out, from the fearful part, just how the obsession began, or what provoked it into becoming so strong. I try not to treat the obsessiveness as some kind of "enemy" that must be removed, but as a tool or method that the fear self has learned to use for the client's protection. (Sometimes, talking to a "part" will send the client into regression to the key incident.) After thanking that part for trying to do such a good job of protecting the client, I'd suggest to it that it's been overworking, because there hasn't really been anything to fear, for a very long time. Then, I would find out, from that fearful part, what other parts of the client could be helpful to it, so it wouldn't have to work so hard. Call those parts out and create a team that is willing to be more balanced in helping the client, giving positive suggestions that calm the fear, and encourage the "others" to play a stronger part.





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