DIAGNOSIS: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

TREATMENT: Cognitive Group Therapy For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


  • Basic premise: “Cognitive therapy with OCD as presented in the following is essentially based on cognitive therapy with depression and anxiety disorders. The general strategies are: firstly, to consider the intrusions as stimuli, secondly, to identify the distressing thoughts (negative automatic thoughts), thirdly, to challenge these automatic thoughts, and finally, to change the distressing thoughts into non-distressing thoughts. An important general cognitive technique used by the therapist to challenge the automatic thoughts is the Socratic dialogue. Patients are also instructed to monitor and challenge automatic thoughts in diaries” (van Oppen & Arntz, 1994).



Cognitive therapy in groups: Guidelines and resources for practice (2nd ed). (Free, M. L.)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for OCD: A treatment manual. (Didonna, F.)

Treatment of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (Koran, L. M., Hanna, G. L., Hollander, E., Nestadt, G., & Helen, B.)

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


Assessments & Worksheets (International OCD foundation. )

OCDselfhelp (Vivyan, C.)

Mental Health Worksheets for OCD (Knowles, A.)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) worksheets. (Psychology Tools.)

Obsessions & Compulsions - Thought Record Sheet. (Vivyan, C.)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) Worksheets. (TherapyByPro)

Client Worksheet (ibaocs)


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

Rating scales. ERP for OCD. (Davis, R. A., Hemendinger, E., Lehto, S.)

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

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

10 Best OCD Books for 2021. (

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDERS. A handbook for Patients and Families. (Burroughs, E., Kitchen, K., Sandhu, V., Richter, P.)

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

Educational Resources. (International OCD Foundation)

Group therapy for OCD. (Johana)

Cognitive Therapy for OCD. (Spett, M. & Mollick, L.)

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


Belloch, A., Cabedo, E., Carrió, C., Fernández-Alvarez, H., García, F., & Larsson, C. (2011). Group versus individual cognitive treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: changes in non-OCD symptoms and cognitions at post-treatment and one-year follow-up. Psychiatry Research187(1–2), 174–179.

Jones, M. K., & Menzies, R. G. (1998). Danger ideation reduction therapy (DIRT) for obsessive-compulsive washers. A controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy36(10), 959–970.

McLean, P. D., Whittal, M. L., Thordarson, D. S., Taylor, S., Söchting, I., Koch, W. J., Paterson, R., & Anderson, K. W. (2001). Cognitive versus behavior therapy in the group treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69(2), 205–214.