Everyone meets. There’s 4 clients, 1 carer, Therapist India Haylor, and
helpers Lorraine and Nicola
India’s set the first homework – everyone has to wear the same clothes
tomorrow, & phone India tonight & insult her
India’s doing presentation on ocd education – ocd sufferers think A LOT
& think/talk about the problem rather than solution
Introducing 5 day intensive prog – its beginning of journey, and
learning based, to teach skills for life
We use our own therapeutic techniques, & rational emotive behaviour
therapy, CBT, acceptance & commitment therapy, mindfulness
Group are watching hard hitting video clip about a little girl dying in
a Bulgarian orphanage. Emotional.
ocd is a condition which is ultimately harmless. We don’t have a
terrible life, compared to some others in the world. We have choices
Intensive expectations – likely to see improvements in next 6 weeks but
be patient – consistency is the answer. It’s ongoing
India and the ocdcentre will help everyone on intensive course to
continue to improve after course. We’re in it together
What determines ocd therapy success? Willingness to tolerate discomfort
Group have now been put into pairs to work on their behavioural plans
The clients look apprehensive. No wonder. They are facing the unknown.
Sometimes there is nervous chatter, but not today.
They are pairing up with someone in the group to find out about that
person’s OCD, separating the obsessions & the compulsions
For all, it’s the first time they are face to face with another
sufferer. I can see them listening, putting themselves in another’s shoes
They have been painfully honest about their commitment to doing the
course/managing OCD. The range is from 60-150% committed.
When they come back they are going to having a first try at setting each
other tasks to challenge their OCD. Wonder how tough they will be?
Pairs are back in session. They’re reporting on each other’s ocd
manifestations. India’s asking for more detail 2 get to the ultimate core fears
Clients 1 & 2 are working together and both have Harming-others-ocd
In new location now ready to start again after a break
Client 1&2 going to set each other behavioural tasks based on each other’s
ocd. Manageable tasks – nothing too scary today
Relationship-ocd is coming up a lot today
Really proud of everyone. All clients are being really open about their
Second pairing – client 3 & 4. Types of ocd addressed:
Responsibility-ocd; Contamination-ocd; Pure-O
India is really pleased with everyone’s work
India’s giving everyone phrases which will upset their ocd and trigger
anxieties. she is testing peoples boundaries
People are getting anxious now, as India continues to push their
boundaries by using words connected to their ocd worries
Moving on from words, we are now seeing how images effect the clients
Home time! Great day! We’ve been told to wear comfy shoes tomorrow…?
Hmmmm…. See y’all tomorrow morning