Healing from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Mindfulness-Enhanced CBT Approach to Regaining Control and Restoring Peace of Mind
Publisher: Guillon Press
ISBN 10: 1734344806
ISBN 13: 978-1734344806
Are you suffering from intrusive and repetitive thoughts, images, or physical sensations? Have your attempts to avoid or escape this torment failed to produce lasting and much-needed relief? In this groundbreaking effort, Healing from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder accomplishes what no book to date has accomplished: seamlessly integrating mindfulness-based interventions with state-of-the-art, exposure-based tactics in a self-help format.
In this innovative and exciting contribution to the field, Healing from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder teaches a game-changing strategy to help you regain control and restore peace of mind. Dr. Keuler speaks directly to the serious student of OCD and offers a detailed, step-by-step program to achieve meaningful success and lasting gains.
Healing from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder begins by taking the reader on an insightful journey into the inner workings of a mind overrun by OCD. Readers are then taught how to pause, turn their attention inward, and develop calculated responses that promote healing. Through the use of multiple tactics, readers learn to tap into millennia-old wisdom drawn from Buddhist philosophy and combine that wisdom with rigorously researched cognitive-behavioral interventions.
Mindfulness tactics include:
•Opening to all inner experiences
•Generating curiosity and wonder
•Observing in an uncritical and nonjudgmental manner
•Stepping down from old familiar ways of responding
•Letting go of resistance and internal battles
•Embracing silence in response to thoughts, images, and sensations
•Accepting the presence of OCD by cultivating a non-reactive stance
•Integrating essential meditative practices
•Bringing determination and patience
•Tapping into courage
•Learning to trust
Cognitive-Behavioral tactics include:
•Self-guided exposure and response prevention (ERP)
•“Meditative Exposure”: How to sit quietly and face OCD head on
•“Mindful Exposure”: How to win back avoided activities and situations
Drawing upon twenty years of experience, Dr. Keuler expertly guides those who desire a more sophisticated and in-depth approach to getting better and staying better. If you are looking for something new, unique, creative, and compelling, Healing from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder delivers a much-needed breath of fresh air and an abundance of hope.
Praise for Healing from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:
“This insightful and beautifully written book fills a void in the world of OCD. Dr. Keuler speaks directly to OCD sufferers, applying CBT Western psychology and the Eastern tradition of Mindfulness to create a unique recovery program. He begins by providing an in-depth inquiry into the fear-filled world of OCD. He then walks the reader, step-by-step, through a well-organized and comprehensive program of healing. Dr. Keuler does not offer superficial techniques that don’t get to the heart of the matter. Rather, he trusts that every person with OCD has the capacity for curiosity, patience, self-compassion, and courage. By tapping into these qualities, his approach can—and has—changed lives. And although this book is addressed to sufferers, it offers mental health professionals a rare opportunity to be guided in their work by a masterful and creative innovator. Healing from OCD would be a valuable addition to any OCD therapist’s library.”—Sherrie Vavrichek, LCSW-C, author of Compassionate Assertiveness
Healing from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
"It's easy to talk about so-called 'Eastern' and 'Western' approaches to mental health as adversaries in a competition for the best way to alleviate suffering. But it takes real skill to articulate how the ideas of both origins can truly complement each other. Keuler's clear grasp of Buddhist concepts and the way they tie in to evidence-based CBT will be an inspiration to readers looking for new ways to overcome obsessions and resist compulsions."
--Jon Hershfield, MFT, co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook forOCD and Everyday Mindfulness for OCD
"To be a scholar of one's practice or a scholar of one's problems requires eclectic and flexible thought. The basic concepts of OCD treatment are available in a fairly large number of good books. Consequently, a need beyond arises. How do we enlarge our repertoire of useful knowledge and expand our efforts with additional armamentarium? Dr. David Keuler in Healing from OCD describes a path of ideas and techniques that can enhance and enrich recovery in the midst of the chronicity of OCD. Dr. Keuler teaches us how to integrate mindfulness and Buddhist concepts for letting go of emotional distress. He reports his own personal path of recognition and relief from triggers of sorrow and suffering. You need not become a Buddhist to take what you need and appreciate this thoughtful work."
--Robert Ackerman, MSW, LCSW, Founding Clinical Fellow and Member of Distinction, Anxiety and Depression Association of America
"The guidance you have given me through your book has changed my life. In particular, having grasped the notion of fluidity, I feel like I have been able to take control of my life again.Understanding and applying this concept has been so important with my sensorimotor obsessions, [as] I have no idea when the hyperawareness is going to strike. Knowing I can simply take it with me and place my remaining concentration on whatever I am doing has given me the confidence to continue living my life as if the problem had never arisen. I have also really settled into a daily meditation practice which includes a sitting meditation.Thanks to your help, I feel like I am finally getting my life back."
--Individual with OCD, UK
"This is what I want for my clients: a book that combines the principles of mindfulness with assertive action. OCD wants you to back away from what you love. If you want your life back, then first learn to sit still, and then learn to step forward. Let Healing from OCD be your guide. It teaches simple skills on how to do the hard stuff."
--Reid Wilson, PhD,author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head:The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry
"Your book has been a game changer in my OCD struggle."--Individual with OCD, UK