The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbooks)

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbooks)

If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you might have an irrational fear of being contaminated by germs, or obsessively double-check things. You may even feel like a prisoner, trapped with your intrusive thoughts.

Despite the fact that OCD can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, getting real help can be a challenge. If you have tried medications without success, it might be time to explore further treatment options. You should know that mindfulness-based approaches have been proven-effective in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. They involve developing an awareness and acceptance of the unwanted thoughts, feelings, and urges that are at the heart of OCD.

Combining mindfulness practices with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD offers practical and accessible tools for managing the unwanted thoughts and compulsive urges that are associated with OCD. With this workbook, you will develop present-moment awareness, learn to challenge your own distorted thinking, and stop treating thoughts as threats and feelings as facts.


  • Series: New Harbinger Self-Help Workbooks
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608828786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608828784
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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  1. Mindfulness is the concept grounded in the idea that you can observe what your mind is doing and decide for yourself how involved you want to be in the process. This book is easy to understand and packed with new information. The mindfulness approach, CBT/ERP combined with some practical tools, brings you comfort and solid readiness to start your recovery journey. It is just the right size and weight for a workbook. It is vigorous, compelling, yet simple and you are prompted to write throughout the book. This engages you and empowers you to take on the fight against OCD.

    I recommend this workbook for everyone suffering from OCD and family/friends. I myself am 2 years recovered from severe OCD; I will use this book as a tool for maintenance.

    Mee Rhorer, recovered OCDer. I volunteer for OCD advocacy and awareness. I admin 2 Facebook pages OCD & Anxiety Awareness “Recovery Coach”, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD Awareness.

  2. I am an OCD professional who has been treating patients for 20 years. This is a difficult illness to treat, yet with the correct approach many people do get better. However, due to the difficult nature of the illness, more approaches to treatment are needed, and adding the technique of mindfulness to traditional exposure therapy has been increasingly used over the last decade. This book by Hershfield and Corboy is the first workbook designed to help people suffering with OCD to learn mindfulness techniques. The book is clear that this is not meant as the sole approach for OCD but is used as an adjunct. While the workbook can be used by a patient and therapist, it is written in such a way that someone can easily use this on their own as well. The book is written well and is easy to understand. The authors explain how the techniques can help improve symptoms both on its own and as an adjunct to exposure therapy. The exercises are designed to slowly bring the reader along in learning mindfulness both as treatment and philosophy. As a testament to how well the book is written, I felt that I learned many useful insights form reading this book, which is saying something as I have been in the field so long. This book is highly recommended.

  3. The authors write from a perspective of warmth, humanity and respect for the reader which is apparent throughout the book. The encouraging and reflective comments peppering the book make one feel that a trusted guide is sitting nearby and that the journey is not being taken alone. They do a masterful job of describing cognitive distortions in the particular ways they might appear in OCD and the descriptions of what acceptance and minfulness might look like for various obsessions pulls everything together. The Acceptance, Assessment and Action system is a very helpful way of framing treatment and not only is this book a wonderful adjunct to therapy, it is also of tremendous benefit to those for whom treatment is inaccessible. I highly recommend The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD both to clinians and individuals suffering with OCD.

  4. This book is simply amazing! A lot of self help books for OCD are written by people who don’t have it. The author has it and knows exactly what he’s talking about and what those with OCD go through. As soon as I read the first chapter I knew this would help. Get this if you have OCD or love someone who has it.

  5. I recently finished reading the book “The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD” by Jon Hershfield, MFT and Tom Corboy, MFT and I have to say I was quite impressed and have already started using many of their ideas with my current OCD clients (as well as clients with other kinds of anxiety disorders besides OCD!). Both authors clearly have a wealth of experience working with OCD and share a number of useful ideas, tips, and techniques in their book. Essentially, mindfulness is moment to moment nonjudgmental awareness of what is happening in your mind. When you start paying attention to what your mind is actually doing, it is really quite surprising how little of the time we really are present. So often we get lost in our thoughts, react to them without thinking, and get caught up in our thought streams which can take us into some very dark and scary places which are very far from the present moment. And this entire process takes place without us being aware that it is happening – we may not be aware that we have a choice to not pay attention to our thoughts and see then for what they are as just “thoughts” and simply not respond. As one develops the ability to be more mindful it is possible to notice these things happening and the very noticing then gives us the possibility of making a different choice. If, after touching a doorknob, I suddenly feel the urge to rush to the bathroom and wash the germs off my hands, I can mindfully be aware that I’m having thoughts about my hands being contaminated but also since I am now more aware I can make a choice to either do what I’ve always done, rush to wash my hands, or I can make a choice in the moment to stay with the discomfort and see what happens.Read more ›

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