Intensive Individual Program
The third phase of our therapeutic process is the Unblocking Phase, in which the patient is involved in working intensively for 5 days (from Monday to Friday) with the aim of unblocking those elements whose repression has caused, over time, the anxiety responsible for obsessions and compulsions. This is essential to create the internal predisposition conditions for the change. The Individual Intensive Program is an extremely personalized and exclusive OCD treatment, for those who wish it that way, as an alternative to the Intensive Group Program. In it, psychologists and professionals from different fields collaborate at the service of the patient to provide a treatment 100% adapted to the particular needs of the person.
What is the Intensive Individual Program
The intensives are a turning point and unlocking process in the treatment of OCD, in which the participant will get a clear vision of what the causes of OCD have been and what are the factors that currently maintain it. You will also know which are the most appropriate resources and the necessary changes so that, once the intensive is over, you will find improvement or be able to overcome your OCD.
In the Intensive Program for the Treatment of Obsessive Disorders, the precepts of the IPITIA Experiential Analytical methodology reach their maximum practical application and forcefulness.
It is an extremely personalized program, lasting 5 days, in which the person is fully immersed in the process of overcoming OCD during 5/7 hours of work per day.
The main objective is the work of unblocking the nervous system, trapped in repeated thought, in the performance of mental or physical rituals and in anxiety. In other words, in fear. In this unlocking phase, the patient is intensively immersed in a program that explores and activates all areas of the human personality, both mental and physical.
The psychologists at IPITIA and a series of professional specialists in different areas, in a totally personalized and individualized way, guide the patient towards the activation of the repressed elements of the nervous system. As a result, unblocking is the basis for achieving future improvements in terms of reduction of obsessional symptoms.
A combination of Analytical and Experiential elements converge intensively in the creation of an essential therapeutic experience to integrate the necessary changes to reduce anxiety.
Our sole objective is to improve the patient’s symptoms. Therefore, intensive intervention is studied and planned based on the specific case, not based on a standardized plan; in order to achieve maximum efficiency.
Strict and protocol programs have the advantage of being “easily applicable”, but they have the great drawback of not being able to meet the specific therapeutic requirements of each patient, since each case is different and requires unique attention in order to achieve ambitious goals.
We do not set limits and we always intervene based on the analysis of the case. This provides us with precise information about the areas of the nervous system that we have to develop in the patient and, therefore, about the type of intensive program that that specific case requires. We want concrete results and we do everything necessary to achieve them, including breaking the limitations of the physical space of the consultation or the aseptic relationship between psychologist and patient.
Theoretical foundations of the Intensive Individual Program
The IPITIA method is an Analytical-Experiential methodology because it begins with a deep analytical exploration of the causes of the problem. From there, the psychologist and the patient generate a series of responses based on real experience that allow the person’s nervous system to be unblocked, training it to face a life without symptoms.
Carl Gustav Jung’s Analytical Psychology, and Ethology (study of animal behavior) are our main references in the analysis and intervention phase, since they represent the theoretical foundations and the basis of the effectiveness of our methodology. Even so, we also integrate elements of Theodore Millon’s Psychosociobiology, Alexander Lowen’s Bioenergetic Analysis and other references.
Normally the different psychological currents propose a certain vision of the human being, and under that prism, they treat all kinds of disorders. Our methodology follows the reverse process: based on the need to find the best response to OCD, we take advantage of the most effective elements of each trend at the most appropriate time of treatment. It is therefore an Integrative proposal based on the specific treatment of Anxiety disorders.
During the 5 days of intensive treatment, Ipitia’s psychologists lead the patient through a deep exploration, both narrative and symbolic, of their life and the factors that determined the development and maintenance of OCD. It will alternate with practical, physical and symbolic exercises; and with the overcoming of challenges and real experiences that allow the unlocking of these factors.
Analysis and Experience are continuously combined in the intensive program in order to reduce the anxiety responsible for obsessions and compulsions and to individualize and begin to unblock the elements of the patient’s life that maintain the problem.
What will the Intensive Individual Program be like?
IPITIA psychologists and expert professionals from different disciplines collaborate under the supervision of the management team to provide an immersive experience of unlocking, experience and analysis. The specific requirements of the patient and the peculiarities of the specific case serve as a guide for the Ipitia management team to create a totally personalized program of great intensity, with the aim of unblocking the nervous system trapped in obsession and compulsion.
Although the flexibility and customization of the Intensive Program are fundamental elements of its effectiveness, there are conceptual elements that constitute its structure, and that, despite being able to vary in content, timing and duration, are present in most cases:
–Analysis and diagnosis of causative and maintenance factors. Analytical and diagnostic work is essential to get to know in depth the deficit areas, whose activation and development will provide a reduction of the internal conflicts responsible for anxiety. On each day of the Intensive Program there are hours dedicated to the exploration and analysis of these areas: the reason is that, as a result of the intensity of the exercises and the drive activation that we propose daily, new elements arise constantly and they need to be processed. The analytical phase provides the possibility of experientially understanding the causative and maintenance factors that need to be intervened with the help of our professionals.
–Symbolic activation. This tool represents and trains the connection between internal (emotions, beliefs) and external (behaviors, attitudes) life. During the hours of symbolic activation, under the direction of Damián Ruíz, the patient faces his fears in an innovative, forceful and effective way. Its objective is to expand the patient’s psychic space and work on the repressed elements through symbolic representations of the traumas, the repressed elements and their overcoming.
–Instinctive activation. One of the most frequently repressed and least expressed emotions in patients with OCD is rage, or, better said, the aggressive drive. The aggressive drive refers to the ability to fight for what we want, to express dissonant opinions, to say no. It is not a metaphor, it is a biological reality: the repression of these elements is responsible for neuroses that can become obsessive. But this can be trained. A specialized boxing teacher will guide the patient through the activation of the Instinct and repressed drives, with the aim of unblocking them.
–Emotional Activation. One of the characteristics that people with OCD usually have is the limited ability to express what they feel. Normally negative emotions, transgressive thoughts, lightheartedness and even happiness can turn into anxiety. Through techniques derived from theater and psychodrama, a professional from the sector will guide the patient through representations of everything that they have not been able to express until now, with the aim of activating these dimensions and using them in a second moment in their lives.
–Body Activation. It is very rare for patients with OCD to have a smooth relationship with their body. Rigidity ends up becoming an element not only mental, but also physical. Both at the level of judgment about oneself and lack of freedom of movement. With techniques derived from dance, African dance and free movement, a specialized professional will help the patient to feel the body and express their movements. It is not about dancing, it is about feeling and accompanying the movement from the primary instinct, without the mind obstructing this process, which is what in many cases the nervous system of a person with OCD does not allow.
A progressive recovery of the Instinct
The aforementioned therapeutic tools vary in content and timing of the Intensive Individual Program, but they are specifically designed to progressively prepare the person to recover the adaptive biological activation (Instinct) that is absent or deficient in those who suffer from OCD. We accompany patients from the depths of themselves to real life, creating a path focused on the challenges of the present and the future and not on the disease.
Using a metaphor taken from the book by Damián Ruíz (Freeing the monkey, saving the princess), it is like taking in a wounded animal, exploring what is happening to it (Analysis), and training it (Activation) and then returning it to its natural habitat, at first accompanied (Individual Therapy), and later, once his instinct has recovered, alone (Goal Planning). This is what we call the Ethological approach. And don’t be surprised or offended by the metaphor: we share 98.5% of our DNA with monkeys.
Other therapeutic modalities
Intensive Group Therapy
Intensive Group Therapy
A 5-day group program, with therapies and exercises. Confront OCD forcefully.
Face to Face Therapy
Face to Face Therapy
From the beginning we work to decrease the internal level of anxiety, so that the obsessions and compulsions decrease.
Effective modality intended for those people who cannot attend face-to-face individual therapy.