EMDR In OCD Patients


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EMDR Association UK
Kent  Regional Group  Booking

25th June 2022 – 9.00am – 5.00pm

Presenter: Dr. Karsten Böhm
Private Practice for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics


OCDs are difficult to treat. Various studies have demonstrated that 15–40% of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) do not respond to it; they cannot be motivated to undergo treatment, drop out, or experience persisting difficulties in regulating their emotions. In this practical workshop, EMDR is presented as an additional method in the treatment of OCD.
OCD-patients experienced EMDR as a useful and motivating method. Furthermore, they felt encouraged to deal with their emotions in additional psychological treatments. Confrontation therapy markedly reduced OCD symptoms. EMDR is shown as a useful augmentation method in treating patients with OCD by using videos, live-demonstrations and speech. Especially, important interweaves for OCD-patients the timing in therapy will be shown.


  • Demonstrate the use of the EMDR-protocol for OCD patients
  • Create specific interweaves for OCD patients
  • Differentiation between the use of EMDR in OCD and PTSD
  • Combination of behaviour and emotional level in the treatment for OCD
  • Use of negative and positive Cognitions in OCD Patients



  • Böhm, Karsten (2019). EMDR’s Efficacy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Review. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Vol. 13, Number 4 (DOI: 10.1891/1933-3196.13.4.333)
  • Böhm K, Voderholzer U (2010). Use of EMDR in Treatment of Obsessiv- Compulsiv Disoders: A Case Series. Verhaltenstherapie; 20: 175-181 (DOI: 10.1159/000319439)
  • Böhm, Karsten (2015). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and EMDR. In Luber, Marilyn (Hrsg.): Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Scripted Protocols and Summery Sheets: Treating Trauma, Anxiety and Mood-Related Conditions, Springer New York, 2. Edition, Chapter 13.
  • Böhm, Karsten (20212). EMDR in der Psychotherapie der PTBS, Springer, 2. Auflage, Heidelberg.


CPD Credits: For EMDR Association UK Members: 6 CPD credits have been approved.

This event will be hosted on Zoom –  The link will be sent out on Thursday 23rd June to the booking email

Attendees will be entitled to received 6 CPD points  by purchasing the ticket in advance of the day and either by attending the live event or watching the recording which will be available for 28 days from the date of the live event.

CPD Certification will be sent to all eligible delegates by 5 August 2022.

ALL ENQUIRIES REGARDING THIS EVENT TO  admin@emdrassociation.org.uk