Psychotherapy of Obsession, Habitual Worrying and Repetitive Fantasizing

Saturday 6th February 10:00 - 16:30

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Through lectures, case discussions and live demonstration, this workshop will focus on the interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics of obsession, habitual worrying and repetitive fantasizing. We will examine the relational disruptions in the origin of obsession. Through demonstration of individual therapy we will examine how the healing of obsession can occur through respect, validation, contact, authenticity and involvement. Ruth Birkbaek will present a Six-Point treatment plan developed by Richard Erskine for the psychotherapy of clients who engage in obsession, habitual worrying and repetitive fantasizing. We will explore the psychological function, script beliefs, process of avoidance, archaic experiences, relational-needs and self-responsibility that are dimensions within this client group. We will discuss how methods of cognitive understanding, affective expression and relational psychotherapy can be applied in therapy planning. This workshop will be useful to psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists who want to apply theory in clinical practice and to enhance their effectiveness through identifying relational aspects of obsession, habitual worrying and repetitive fantasizing.