Hypnosis and OCD

 

In his landmark paper, “Application of hypnotic strategies sustained by a positive psychology orientation in treating OCD patients” (1) Arnon Zahi PhD proposed a three-step approach aimed at turning annoying symptoms, including ruminations and ritualistic behaviors, into procedures that promote wellbeing. Two cases were presented to illustrate this hypno-strategic approach.

Sara (Case 1), who was fettered by self-limiting fears of harming others, acknowledged the positive meanings of her ruminations and rituals as elicited by her therapist and accepted them as an expression of social sensitivity and altruistic orientation. As a result, she consented to a positive ritual that further promoted her self-perception as an altruistic person rather than an obsessive one.

Jorge (Case 2) was horrified by dangers he perceived in everyday life and spent a large part of his day performing rituals that were supposed to lessen his anxieties. When he received confirmation that the world can be a dangerous place and that he can carry out his role of risk preventer for himself and his loved ones in a positive and reality oriented manner, his annoying behaviors diminished.

This study further demonstrates how effective a skilled hypnotherapist can be in achieving successful long term, drug free treatment for OCD sufferers.

(1) “Application of hypnotic strategies sustained by a positive psychology orientation in treating OCD patients” Arnon Zahi PhD (corresponding author) Clinical Psychologist / Hypnotherapist Lecturer, Department of Behavioral Sciences.  The Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel

 

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