Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional mindfulness therapist, living in Colorado and I offer online therapy via Skype for anxiety, depression, OCD, addictions and many other common psychological and emotional problems that are really the result of habitual reactive thinking. OCD of course is a classic example of obsessive compulsive thinking that compels us into certain activities or avoidance or excessive worry or other actions that are not functional and not helping our quality of life. People feel trapped in obsessive thinking and they come to me and ask over and over again how can I get rid of these obsessive compulsive thoughts. Well, the first thing to understand that it is really important that you don't start off trying to get rid of OCD thoughts, because that sets up a pattern of aversion in the mind. Of inner hatreds to those thoughts, and that actually feeds the obsessive thoughts and will make them stronger and more likely to reoccur. The other thing to try and stay away from is avoidance techniques: trying to replace the obsessive thought with other thoughts, even positive thoughts. Again all this does is create an internal tension that feeds the obsessive thoughts and will cause them to repeat. So what causes OCD thoughts? How does this work? Well, the primary thing to understand is it's a habit, first of all, and like all habits OCD thinking thrives on unawareness, of not actually being consciously aware of the thought process itself that gets triggered.
The second thing to understand about obsessive thoughts is that they are highly charged emotionally. They are emotionally charged and that is what causes them to repeat over and over again. And this is actually quite functional. In a sense you could say they have to repeat themselves until they are able to resolve themselves and let go of that obsessive emotional energy. It has to be discharged. So until you can discharge the emotional charge of the thought it will not simply go away. So to do that we use a variety of mindfulness techniques.
The first is to stop identifying with the thoughts, to stop simply becoming the thoughts, becoming overwhelmed by them, becoming controlled by them. That's very important. So we do this by actually learning to meditate on your obsessive thoughts themselves. We start to break free from them as we become more and more the observer and develop more and more consciousness. When you are the observer you are not the obsessive thought, bare that are not in mind.
So the more you practice mindfulness of thoughts the freer you become from those thoughts. The second thing that's really important is to look at the imagery of the obsessive thoughts because it's the imagery that actually encodes and creates the emotional charge of that thought, which is so important. So we look at the imagery. Where do you see the thoughts? What's there position? Usually, obsessive thoughts will be high at face level. That's a very important part of what creates the emotional charge of that thought, its actual position, where you see it in the mind.
Other things are the size of the thoughts. Very large thoughts will be more intense emotionally than small thoughts. The color of thoughts can be quite interesting as well. Intense thoughts will have intense colors. When we start to explore the imagery of our obsessive compulsive thoughts we can find how they actually work and then we can start exploring changing that imagery. And as you change the imagery you change the emotional charge of that thought.
So one very simple technique which you can practice yourself, and please leave comments if you have success with this method. It is called mindfulness placement technique. And that is where you take the thought and you simply move it and place it on the ground. So it's like you take a thought out of the mind and place it on the ground. When you place a thought at a lower level, you take away a great deal of its emotional charge. Also, when you move it to the ground you create a greater space, where you strengthen your ability to stay as the observer of that thought, and that also is central to breaking free from the grip of the obsessive compulsive thoughts. So try that. If you would like to learn more about mindfulness therapy for obsessive compulsive and intrusive thoughts, please go to my website.
Learn more and then e-mail me with any questions you have about the mindfulness approach. And let's schedule a Skype therapy session if you want to learn first hand how to work with obsessive compulsive intrusive thoughts. I see people throughout America and Europe and the UK, wherever you have an internet connection and Skype then you can arrange for a Skype therapy session with me.
The mindfulness approach is very effective indeed because it really gets down to the root cause of the OCD rather than just talking about it or trying to convince yourself not to have those thoughts. It's much better to actually try and disarm those thoughts in the way that I have described. So if you're interested in online Skype therapy for OCD please contact me, send me an e-mail. Thank you.
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