Specialized Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

An Expert Clinician Guidebook

By Debbie Sookman

© 2016 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

Specialized Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an expert clinician guide for administration of evidence-based specialized cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for obsessive compulsive disorder and its subtypes. This book focuses on strategies to identify and resolve complex and varied reasons for resistance to CBT and to optimize symptom remission, generalize improvement, and forestall relapse during treatment for OCD. The interventions discussed build upon and elaborate the clinical and research work of other OCD experts, clinicians and researchers in the field of cognitive therapy, and are based on the author’s own research and clinical experience as an internationally known expert treating thousands of OCD patients. Criteria are outlined for symptom recovery and for treatment resistance in the context of optimal evidence-based specialized CBT delivery. Featuring treatment models and illustrative case studies, this book is a necessary addition to the library of mental health professionals who work with patients suffering from OCD.


"I strongly recommend this expert clinical guide to the psychological treatment of obsessive compulsive disorders. The depth of Dr. Sookman’s clinical experience and her command of the literature are evident in the thorough coverage of assessment procedures, how to optimize the effects of therapy and deal with problems. The numerous case illustrations are well-chosen and clearly described."--S. Rachman, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, London University, and University of British Columbia.

"Specialized Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: An Expert Clinician Guidebook by Dr. Debbie Sookman is an outstanding contribution to the science and clinical practice related to the full range of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This is an excellent book in every way imaginable. Clearly written and organized, Sookman provides a critical and scholarly review of the state of the art on OCD.

Every researcher and clinician can benefit from this superb book. The reader benefits from the considerable clinical experience and scholarship that Dr Sookman possesses, while learning specific and powerful tools in helping those who suffer from OCD. Case examples illustrate the importance of conceptualization and the value of empirically supported treatments. I am particularly impressed that Sookman was able to balance such sophistication in her critical and scientific understanding of OCD, while still writing a clear and concise book on the topic. This is a book I will recommend to both beginning clinicians in training and to seasoned researchers and practitioners."--Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

"Dr. Sookman's book is a remarkable compilation of the current literature on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Dr. Sookman emphasizes the need for evidence based treatments and elaborates what these are, how specialty cognitive behavior therapy interventions are best applied, their efficacy rates and the reasons for failure. Case illustrations make this guidebook especially compelling. I strongly recommend this expert guidebook to everyone who is interested in OCD."--Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP, Director of the Bio-Behavioral Institute, Great Neck, NY and author of numerous books including, Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding, both OCD Spectrum Disorders.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. OCD Subtypes and Co-morbidity 3. Theoretical and Treatment Literature 4. "Resistance" to Specialized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD 5. The Scientist-Practitioner Model 6. Treatment of Obsessions 7. Treatment of Contamination 8. Treatment of Checking 9. Treatment of Symmetry, Ordering, Arranging 10. A Schema-Based Model 11. Intervention Criteria for an Optimal Trial of CBT, Criteria for Recovery, Criteria for CBT Resistance in OCD References Index

About the Author

Debbie Sookman, PhD, is Director of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Clinic, Department of Psychology, McGill University Health Centre, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and President of The Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (CIOCD, www.ciocd.ca). Dr. Sookman is an internationally known expert in specialty assessment and treatment for OCD and Related Disorders and is a Fellow and Certified Trainer/Consultant of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, USA.

About the Series

Practical Clinical Guidebooks

The Practical Clinical Guidebooks Series provides clinicians, students, and trainees with clear descriptions of practical, empirically supported treatments for specific disorders and their sequelae.Focusing largely on cognitive behavioral approaches to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, each volume presents a clear and focused structure to facilitate the transition from book to practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Anxieties & Phobias