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Psychology Compulsive Behavior

A Clinician's Guide to Treating OCD

The Most Effective CBT Approaches for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by (author) Jan van Niekerk

foreword by Christine Purdon

New Harbinger Publications
Initial publish date
Aug 2018
Compulsive Behavior
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    Aug 2018
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As a clinician, you know how difficult it can be to treat clients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) using a one-size-fits-all approach. This powerful and evidence-based guide offers a variety of customizable treatment strategies-made simple and practical-for helping clients with OCD.

Written by a psychologist and expert in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, A Clinician’s Guide to Treating OCD combines powerful, evidence-based therapies to help you create a concise and customizable treatment plan. The methods including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), inference-based therapy (IBT), metacognitive therapy (MCT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), are presented in an easy-to-follow format, incorporate the newest research, and offer a wide range of skills for helping OCD clients.

The standalone treatment protocols outlined in each chapter represent a specific model and procedure for addressing the mechanisms underlying the OCD. In addition, you'll find worksheets and online resources to help you create individualized treatment programs to best suit your clients’ needs.

If you're looking for a simple, customizable approach to treating clients with OCD, this book has everything you need to get started.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Jan van Niekerk, PhD, is a registered clinical psychologist practicing in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He is an associate at the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre for Affective Disorders and author of Coping with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Foreword writer Christine Purdon, PhD, CPsych, is associate professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON, Canada; and consulting psychologist with the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Editorial Reviews

“A clinician’s guide that does just that—no matter where you are in terms of experience of working with people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you will find helpful ideas and pointers to guide your understanding and practice. If you’re new to working with OCD, this book has all you need to get started...and if you’re an experienced clinician there’s a wealth of new ideas to refine your expertise. Van Niekerk draws together the most salient aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in its various forms to provide a concise overview of good practice in the treatment of OCD. I like the combination of theory, clinical examples, and practical advice. A great addition to the therapist’s shelf!”
Elizabeth Forrester, PsychD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, consultant clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of OCD with an independent practice in London, UK; and author of How to Deal with OCD

“This highly engaging text guides clinicians through five of the most empirically supported psychotherapies for OCD. Each intervention is described in a manner accessible to novice clinicians yet provides insights that seasoned therapists will learn from. A wealth of case examples, transcripts, and worksheets makes this a practical and helpful guide for treating OCD.”
—Robert Hindman, PhD, faculty at the Beck Institute

A Clinician’s Guide to Treating OCD by Jan van Niekerk is a clear, readable, and comprehensive guide to current empirically based assessments, conceptions, and treatments for OCD. Each treatment is presented concisely and critically, with all its subtleties and distinctiveness accurately conveyed and amply illustrated through the eyes of a seasoned scholar of the field who is also a master clinician. A must-read, up-to-date guide for clinicians, academics, and students alike.”
Kieron O’Connor, PhD, MPhil, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FCPA, director of the OCD Spectrum Study Centre at the University Institute of Mental Health at Montreal, and full professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Montreal

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