INTENSIVETherapy is CBT – but with a new approach
I was born in Finland, but did most of my mental health career in the UK, working for NHS. When in NHS I worked in psychiatric hospitals, crisis teams and finally in primary care, giving intensive CBT for people with anxiety, depression or related issues, like low self esteem. I am a CBT therapist, fully accredited by British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). Years in study and practice gave me experience of how to end anxiety and OCD symptoms -in practice, to figure out which methods really work. I developed a new intensive method which is effective and fast. I wanted to distinguish from the different parts of CBT the most practical methods and combine them together as one intensive method. The aim is to reach the real change extremely fast and effectively. Would you like to know how you can get rid of problems like OCD, obsessive thoughts and anxiety in three weeks? Please, get familiar with the summary below.
CBT, cognitive and behavioural therapy, is a scientifically proved method. CBT works for OCD and for most anxiety issues. An experienced CBT therapist knows how to apply the most important elements of CBT: ERP, expose and response prevention and methods more directly aimed for reducing fears. The problem is that it is difficult to find an experienced OCD and CBT expert. Most probably you will have to travel far away to find one.
I have years of experience in treating anxiety, like OCD and obsessive thoughts, in weekly CBT sessions. I worked in Britain for NHS (National Health Service) as a high intensity therapist treating challenging, difficult and complicated problems. Success in treatment was excellent. Patients got rid of their problems. Mostly, not always. I and my colleagues noticed some weak points with his regime of weekly traditional appointments. This is what we realised: In case your OCD is very challenging and your obsessions are highly persistent, CBT works too slowly. Even though we were called high intensity therapists, and we used relatively high intensity and most effective cognitive and behavioural methods. We noticed that anxiety might rise too high during long treatment periods and while doing independent exercises. Then ERP does not work and you lose your focus, your fears won’t be relieved and your progress may remain at halfway.
INTENSIVEtherapy helps you to go through your exercise wholeheartedly and it helps you to stay focused so that you will reach the change you want.
INTENSIVEtherapy helps you to get rid of that overwhelming grip of anxiety and obsession. It can happen as fast as in one week (in addition to this you will need to practise several weeks independently).
Lots of research has been conducted to evaluate the effects of intensive exposure and response prevention for OCD. The studies show that this treatment is
(a) associated with about 60% to 70% reduction in OCD symptoms (of course, this is the average– individual differences might lead to more or less improvement), and
(b) as effective (if not more so) than medications for OCD.
But don’t take my word for it… read the studies for yourself:
Important: My clinical experience is that efficacy of the treatment is highly improved when treatment is intensive – and carried out by an OCD experienced therapist.
Ari Saario on British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) täysin akkreditoima CBT terapeutti ja INTENSIIVIterapian kehittäjä