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Hands Untangling Threads of OCD

Disentangle: An OCD Skills Class

Hands Untangling Threads of OCD

Empowering You With Inference-Based CBT & ACT Techniques

Are you struggling with intrusive doubts, getting stuck in imagined outcomes for things that haven’t happened (but they might!!!), and/or annoying yourself with repeated checking and reassurance-seeking?

Maybe you think that there’s no way to stop doing what OCD tells you to do, because your worries feel so real. But what if you could learn to recognize the thought patterns that keep OCD going, see more clearly that you don’t have to participate in compulsions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, and disentangle from OCD’s grasp?

If you need help doing this kind of unlearning, Bethesda Therapy’s new OCD group class could be a good fit for you. Based in evidence-based practices, our course will help you slow down and let go of compulsions that don’t serve you by:

  • Teaching you how to spot OCD’s tricks and cheats, and understand the differences between reasonable and obsessive doubt
  • Creating a practice space for de-fusion exercises to reduce rumination
  • Giving you concrete tools to help you sense reality & decrease absorption in your imagination

Since so many folks with OCD also have generalized anxiety, we’ll talk about tools to help you face fears, even when things are uncertain, in a structured and step-by-step way. But we’ll mainly be focused on techniques that can make life feel easier, and not forcing ourselves to do things that feel needlessly hard.

If someone with OCD feels like something (leaving the house, driving a car, going on a date) is very very hard, especially if it’s something they used to be able to do, they are probably inferentially confused – they’re putting a whole lot more emphasis on remote possibilities than probabilities. Inference-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT) can help them stop falling into OCD’s traps. They might not need to imagine themselves getting into a car crash or dying or accidentally hurting someone else – their imaginations are already active enough – to heal. They might just need to learn how OCD narratives get constructed, learn how to sense what’s happening in reality vs their imaginations, and move towards their valued actions.

About the Class

Who it’s for

  • Adults Only (sorry, no teens – but please reach out to about future groups.
  • You will physically be in Maryland or D.C. while taking this telehealth course.
  • You have OCD

Who it’s not for

Clients with active eating and/or substance use disorders.

FAQ Icon Why Not? As I-CBT involves mainly cognitive interventions, clients who are chronically in underfed or altered states may not be able to get the most out of their class experience, and we don’t wish to set them up for feeling as if they’ve failed. We are happy to provide referrals to more appropriate programs for such clients, and/or explore individual treatment options that may be available at Bethesda Therapy.

Details & Fees

  • Class Modules: TBD
  • Date & Time: Fall 2024
  • Cost: TBD
  • Virtual Class: We’ll meet weekly via a secure online video-conferencing platform.
  • Diagnosis? Interested learners who have not yet been diagnosed with OCD will need to meet with a Bethesda Therapy provider for an intake to make sure this group is appropriate for them, and will need to fill out a YBOCS II Self Report and Inferential Confusion Questionnaire 24 hours prior to the scheduled intake (provided by Emily via email). This intake will likely be covered by BCBS/Carefirst/Cigna plans at the In-network rate, or is $185 OON.
  • Not Group Therapy. As this is a skills-focused class, and not ‘group therapy,’ it is not considered an in-network service, and superbills will not be provided. Nonetheless, we are confident that learning specific ICBT modules and ACT metaphors can help clients gain skills to reduce the pull of compulsions, and may be a cost-effective adjunct to individual therapy.
  • Part II Information:
    • Covers modules 6-9, 11 & 12. Prospective students who have already learned modules 1-5 and 10 with another therapist are welcome to join.
    • 60-minute class on Mondays at 4pm
    • Dates:
      • April 8-15, 2024 at 4pm
      • April 29, 2024 at 4pm
      • May 6-20, 2024 at 4pm
    • Cost:
      • $420.
      • Fee is billed at time of registration. Sliding scale and/or pro bono spots may become available, please reach out if cost is a barrier to joining so that we may discuss your needs.

Interested in Disentangle?

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