DIAGNOSIS: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

TREATMENT: Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


  • Basic premise: The underlying premise assumes that patients with OCD experience distorted, dysfunctional thoughts about themselves, the world, and the future, which produce and maintain their anxiety. OCD has been hypothesized to relate to an inflated sense of personal responsibility related to events that may cause harm to either the self or others. Cognitive behavioral therapy aims to help the person identify, challenge, and modify these dysfunctional ideas and adopt more functional behaviors (Kaye, 2017).
  • Essence of therapy: CBT for OCD focuses on teaching techniques to help patients to explore, understand, and implement alternative ways of thinking and behaving. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of exposure therapy that is used to help patients explore alternative behaviors in response to unwanted thoughts



Treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. (McGinn, L. K., & Sanderson, W. C.)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder: A practical guide to treatment. (Rees, C. S.)

Kognitive Verhaltenstherapie bei Zwangsstörungen: Ein Therapiemanual (Lakatos, A., & Reinecker, H.)

Zwangsstörungen: Ein kognitiv-verhaltenstherapeutisches Behandlungsmanual (Oelkers, C., & Hautzinger, M.)

Treatment Protocols (Utah Act)

The Goal Handbook: Running a Successful Support Group for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. (Grayson, J. B.)

Zwangsstörungen: Ein kognitiv-verhaltenstherapeutisches Behandlungsmanual (Oelkers, C., Hautzinger, M., & Bleibel, M.)

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Basic Group for Anxiety. (DeSena, D.)


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) including Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). (Psychology Tools)

Therapy worksheets (Baldwin Clinical Psychology. )

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) Worksheets. (TherapyByPro)

Client Worksheet 1. (

Mental Health Worksheets. (Knowles, A.)

Freedom from obsessive compulsive disorder: A personalized recovery program for living with uncertainty, updated edition. (Grayson, J.)

Mindfulness workbook for OCD: A guide to overcoming obsessions and compulsions using mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. (Hershfield, J., & Corboy, T. )

The mindfulness workbook for OCD: A guide to overcoming obsessions and compulsions using mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (2nd ed.). (Schiraldi, G. R., & Corboy, T.)

The OCD workbook: Your guide to breaking free from obsessive-compulsive disorder, 3rd edition. (Hyman, B. M.)

The complete ocd workbook: A step-by-step guide to free yourself from intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. (Granet, S.)

10 Best OCD OCD Books For 2021 (Choosing Therapy)

Managing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. (Einright, S.)

Gruppentherapie bei Zwangsstörungen: Ein verhaltenstherapeutisch-systemischer Leitfaden (Abramowitz, J. S., McKay, D., & Storch, E. A.)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder A Handbook for Patients and Families (Burroughs, E., Kitchen, K., Sandhu, V., Richter, P. )

Obsessive compulsive disorder: A self-help book. (Lovell, K., & Gega, L.)


Assessment & Worksheets (International OCD Foundation.)

Brochures, Fact Sheets, & Handouts. (International OCD Foundation.)

OCDselfhelp. (Vivyan, C.)

Self-Help: Managing Your OCD at Home. (Anxiety Canada)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder A Self Help Guide. (Hallam, W., Wilton, R., Douglass, S., Baker, H.)

How group therapy for OCD works and the benefits (Pause and See)

CBT Self Help for OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (getselfhelp)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD (Wilhelm, S.)

Educational Resources. (International OCD Foundation.)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD, Society of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association)

Group therapy for OCD. (Johana)

Group therapy for OCD. (Taube-Schiff, M.)

500 free printable workbooks & manuals for therapists (Jewell, C.)


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