How we see OCD therapy at IPITIA

I always try to get to the root of the issue of all the problems we treat in IPITIA, and especially the roots of OCD. I have put all the knowledge that I have acquired over the years, both through my education and as a mental health professional, in use to enhance my therapeutic efficacy; as opposed to my ego. This shows itself through the fact that my patients free themselves of psychological suffering, instead of just reducing symptoms.

I work in a way in which I get to the core of the issue, while at the same time simplifying the problem. I don’t stop until I’m left with nothing else then the fundamental elements of the problem, which need to be attended in order to cure the patient.

I’ve read books of all kinds: scientific, humanistic, philosophical, esoteric, pragmatic, speculative, and wise books. Among those, I found intellectualized bogus, and remedies of all kinds: excellent, mediocre and even extremely bad… And of all these, the only approaches that stuck with me are those that work on a therapeutic level.

Focus

The AFOP method, which I developed, is effective because it focuses on anxiety and obsessions from a different perspective. Like I said in my book, when you focus on the essential, the solution becomes obvious.

I’ve never conformed myself with knowingly applying something that doesn’t work. Why should I apply something that, even though it’s “efficiency-based”, is not effective for what it’s designed for?

 

Unorthodox and radical

Even though I’m unorthodox and radical on all levels, I’ve never used a single technique that wasn’t effective. Actually, any theoretical speculation with regard to a patient, which is not translatable into a defined goal, bores me and I perceive it as a nuisance.

In many cases I consider that philosophical or psychological speculations, as well as simple reductionism, hide therapeutic incapacity. I don’t want our patients to be converted into a “guidebook about themselves”. This, in my opinion, only fuels neuroticism. In the same way, I find it very important not to convert patients into lab rats that are capable of acting in one way or another, according to the liking of the therapist.

In order to help someone, one has to appreciate the complexity of the human being. To do this one should: firstly accept that we still are part animal, secondly that we are diverse individuals, and thirdly that every human being needs freedom in order to live in a state of equilibrium.

 

Not accomodating but real transforming power

My personality, even though friendly, never has been accommodating. I don’t adapt to what people want to hear from nowadays psychologists: this soft postmodernistic psychology which is more a lifestyle than a real transforming power that leads into freedom of suffering.

In IPITIA we don’t do things the “easy way” nor do we say things that are obvious. Also, we don’t belief that there is one “correct” lifestyle for everyone. We belief in personalized and individualized treatment. That’s why we are different and effective.

Damián Ruiz

Clinical Psychologist

Jungian Analyst

Director of IPITIA