How and when can you start to notice the effect of the AFOP® treatment for overcoming OCD?

overcoming OCD

The therapy we employ to treat obsessive disorders is based on the AFOP® methodology. It is founded on two basic parameters:

• A directive approach in which we propose the patient to engage in specific activities outside of the session in mutual accordance.

• Amore profound approach in which we obtain a deep insight into the personal history of the patient which also includes the exploration of unconscious elements.

Freeing the monkey

The external activities are fundamental for the proper functioning of the therapy. This is the reason why if someone doesn’t engage in them we prefer them to leave the therapeutic process until they are ready to do so.

Here at IPITIA we insist that these activities are so important, and have such a big impact, that they are a requisite to reach the therapeutic goal to reduce anxiety to a point in which the obsessive thoughts disappear.

Freeing the monkey, saving the princess
This is the part of the AFOP® method which I call “freeing the monkey”, part of the title of my book “Freeing the monkey, saving the princess”.

Saving the princess

Once we managed to “start the engines”, I start the process of “saving the princess”, which is the development of the Anima (the part of the psyche that in the theory of Carl G. Jung is considered to be the feminine part of our unconscious). The Anima can be “dry” or not nurtured in both men and women, without vital space, self-care and warmth to cultivate it. What you have to do is to help it to get reborn and regenerated, and “make it blossom”.
This is a part of the therapeutic process in which the therapist guides the patient to discover themselves.

When the therapeutic process has started and the patient becomes conscious of the importance of being involved in therapy, after a certain time the anxiety will start to dissolve as well as the obsessive symptomatology.
An important side note here is that when someone has psychotic symptomatology this can slow down the healing process. It doesn’t make it impossible to get better but it will slow down the process.

Sometimes it can be necessary to accompany the treatment with a pharmacological treatment, always prescribed by a psychiatrist. This treatment can be reduced while the patient starts to improve in terms of symptomatology.

Recuperating hope and courage

In our clinic we have seen clients with serious and chronic symptoms of whom their symptoms have disappeared completely through treatment (Sometimes a small paradox appears in which people who are used to live in fear feel “empty and with some fear” once they are without symptoms for the first time in their life). But what really happened is product of a profound change in lifestyle, confronting reality, and recuperating hope and courage.

In the beginning of the therapy we will explain what is attainable for each patient, however if the patient is perseverant, we can help the majority of them to overcome OCD to a point in which they only have a minimum of symptoms left, until the point of complete healing of this disorder.

We can never speak of improvement when someone abandons therapy after the third or the fourth session or when one doesn’t follow the recommendations agreed on in the sessions.

The AFOP® method, which I created and which is exclusive to our center, has a strict logic and only if followed literally it is possible to reach the desired therapeutic objectives.

Damián Ruiz

Psicólogo Clínico

Analista junguiano

Director del IPITIA