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Ocd Treatment Through Storytelling: A Strategy for Successful Therapy Hardcover – 1 Jan 2011

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195383567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195383560
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.8 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,294,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is the most creative book I have read in years on OCD. It offers experienced as well as novice clinicians a totally new way of understanding and explaining the phenomenology and the cognitive behavioral treatment of OCD. I believe that many patients will feel more understood, benefit and be more likely to engage in anxiety provoking treatments by utilizing these wonderful stories."--Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., ABBP, Clinical Director, Bio-Behavioral Institute, Great Neck, NY and author of Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Treatment Manual


"Dr. Weg has produced a masterpiece that shows clinicians innovative ways to teach patients and their family members about the complexities of OCD. I highly recommend this book. It is entertaining and teaches a very useful way of communicating the difficult and often very frightening aspects of OCD symptoms and treatment."--Michael Jenike, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Founder of the OCD Clinical and Research program, Harvard Medical School and Founder of the OCD Institute, McLean Hospital


"Human beings have been passing along vital knowledge via the use of stories ever since they began to speak. Dr. Weg's ability to accurately conceptualize and communicate the most important and practical concepts of OCD and its treatment falls neatly into this tradition. And very helpful and informative stories they are, too. I'm sure I will use some of them myself, in my own work."--Fred Penzel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services, Huntington, New York


"Weg's use of story telling technique teaches us that complex ideas based in theories of behavior change can be conveyed to patients in ways that are entertaining, illuminating, and even fun. The book will surely entertain and inform OCD sufferers and family members, but it should be read especially by young clinicians who often get too entangled in trying to do CBT 'correctly.' Weg's volume will encourage them to loosen up, let their creative juices flow, and 'Fly Into the Darkness' to draw upon the richness their own experiences as metaphors for the various aspects of the treatment process."--Bruce Hyman, Ph.D., LCSW, Director, OCD Resource Center of Florida and author of The OCD Workbook


About the Author

Allen H. Weg, Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist and Founder and Executive Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey. He is also Co-Founder and Vice President on the Board of Directors of OCD New Jersey, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), on which he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! 23 Jan. 2015
By Average Joe Shmoe - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing book. I recommend it to anyone who treats individuals with OCD. I read it multiple times and have used some of the metaphors myself in my practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Voice for OCD Sufferers 17 Jan. 2011
By Sheila S. Bender - Published on Amazon.com
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The power of the story was brought home to the psychological community with the analysis of the stories of psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson in the beginnings of the family therapy movement Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. and the return of hypnosis to psychological favor My Voice Will Go with You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson. Allen Weg's book solidly brings examples of the storytelling method to the cognitive behavioral community with stories that have the power to help patients who struggle with thoughts and behaviors that have seriously compromised their quality of life. Dr. Weg in a clean,crisp manner tells each teaching story and then describes what lessons can then emerge from it. His story of the "Bee Trap" is in itself worth the book purchase since it is a powerful metaphor and allows many teaching tales to evolve from it. As an aside, while on the train reading the book, the woman who had sat down next to me started reading it over my shoulder. She commented, "Wow that is so interesting, what is its title?" Of course I told her. My only disappointment with the book is that Dr. Weg only speaks of OCD treatment as desensitization of thoughts and behaviors in exposure or flooding perspectives so many of his stories are designed to get the patient to engage in treatment that he himself labels as sometimes bizarre and as I may add sometimes dependent on ill conceived processes. I would have preferred he'd added some discussion of other possible therapies to blend with his stories such as hypnosis, EMDR and the thought field therapies. Nevertheless, I recommend this book as a valuable tool for therapists to add to their therapeutic tools and to the public to help those struggling with OCD to get a firmer handle as to what it is they struggle.

Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD co-author The Energy of Belief: Psychology's Power Tools to Focus Intention and Release Blocking Beliefs and Evolving Thought Field Therapy: The Clinician's Handbook of Diagnoses, Treatment, and Theory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 22 Sept. 2013
By Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
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This is great to use with all clients! Super helpful way to educate clients and families. Allen Weg is awesome if you ever have the opportunity to hear him tell a story!
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