The second stage of the process is the Therapeutic Phase, where the changes will be applied under the supervision of the therapist. This part can also be done in Face-to-Face or Online.
Estructure of the Therapy
Face-to-face therapy is carried out in our facilities in Barcelona. Sessions are 60 minutes long and we suggest they be held early on a weekly basis. Subsequently, as the level of anxiety associated with the problem decreases, and the patient gains autonomy in managing the changes due to therapy, the sessions will be spaced out over time (every two weeks, then every month, every two months). etc).
The first session was held with one of the members of Ipitia’s management, who provided a clear diagnosis, an initial analysis of the factors causing and maintaining the problem, and indicated the most appropriate therapeutic path to begin to solve it. Part of these indications is the choice, in agreement with the patient, of the most suitable psychologist from the Ipitia team to be able to carry out the specific case and the assessment of the need or less of a pharmacological follow-up.
Our specific methodology
The methodology with which we work at Ipitia has been researched and created specifically to obtain significant results in the treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders. It is an exclusive approach of our Center, which we have called Analytical-Experiential, due to the constant integration of the Analysis of the factors that cause and maintain the disorder, with the necessary experience of those Vital Experiences that are essential for the biology of the nervous system to Express yourself spontaneously. The Activation and Focus of the Drives and Vital Instincts repressed due to fear throughout life, allows the normal regulation of the patient’s level of anxiety, with the consequent progressive decrease in obsessive and compulsive symptoms (Complete info on the methodology click here)
Due to all the experience accumulated in the treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders, we are aware of the level of suffering with which the patient usually lives, but at the same time of all the necessary changes so that it begins to decrease significantly. Overcoming OCD does not mean learning to manage the obsessive symptoms at the moment they appear, but acquiring a different way of living and facing the world so that they stop appearing. In order for this great change to progressively occur, the same therapy must represent the basis of it, providing the possibilities to become immersively involved in the healing process. For this reason:
– The sessions explore in depth, analyze, plan and learn, but specific exercises are also proposed to unblock the nervous system to be carried out throughout the week.
– Therapist and patient agree on one or more activities to be carried out outside the therapeutic context to strengthen and accompany it, always with the aim of activating those aspects of the personality that have been repressed under layers of anxiety and obsessions.
– Ipitia Online patients always have FREE access to our Workout. This group activity takes place in Barcelona one weekend every three months and lasts 16h (4h on Friday afternoon, 8h on Saturday, 4h on Sunday morning). This is the supervised work space in which the maximum intensity of the Drive Activation and Focusing techniques is reached, and its aim is to give intensity and continuity to the work carried out individually.
IMPORTANT: Ipitia is limited to offering some possibilities that we believe are useful to increase therapeutic efficacy, but participation in each and every one of them is completely voluntary on the part of the patient, who will decide completely freely if, how and when to take advantage of them.
Objetives and expected results
The objective with which we work is not the management of Obsessive Compulsive or Anxiety symptoms at the moment they appear, but the significant decrease in the Intensity and Frequency with which they manifest themselves, even, in many cases, at its complete disappearance.
OCD is an Anxiety Disorder, and therefore anxiety is what sustains the obsessions and compulsions. Without Anxiety, conscious or unconscious, there is no OCD.
As has been demonstrated in the research presented at the European Congress of Psychology in Moscow in July 2019, at Ipitia we focus and obtain significant results in reducing Trait Anxiety (level of anxiety with which you face life in general) and not only in State Anxiety (anxiety level at this specific moment).
A real improvement in the patient’s quality of life necessarily involves an improvement in their state of mind, in the strength with which they face existence and in the level of enthusiasm with which they live everyday life and the future. And all this is possible only by influencing Trait Anxiety levels, which implicitly implies the reduction or disappearance of Obsessive Symptoms.
Other therapeutic modalities
Distance modality, via Skype, effective for those who cannot attend individual face-to-face therapy.
Intensive Group Therapy
Intensive Group Therapy
Patients will face their fears and inhibitions in a different and innovative way