Use of negative and positive cognitions in OCD patients


OCDs are difficult to treat. Various studies have demonstrated that 15–40% of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) do not respond to classical treatments; they cannot be motivated to undergo treatment, drop out, or experience persisting difficulties in regulating their emotions. For EMDR-therapists, a usual question is how to use exactly the negative and positive cognitions in the EMDR-process? In this practical workshop, this question will be answered.

OCD-patients experienced EMDR as a useful and motivating method, if the correct cognitions are used. Furthermore, they feel encouraged to deal with their emotions in additional psychological treatments. Confrontation therapy markedly reduced OCD symptoms. The cognitions in EMDR are shown as an important part of EMDR in treating patients with OCD by using videos, live-demonstrations. Especially, the connection between obsessions and the used cognitions will be shown.






Karsten Böhm

Original Work Citation

Böhm, K. (2016, June). Use of negative and positive cognitions in OCD patient. Presentation at the at the 17th EMDR Europe Association Conference, The Hague.



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