Mindfulness has been the buzzword in mental health and wellness, however it basically is the idea of sitting with your fear. For people who experience anxiety and OCD, they don't like the feeling (or thought) of fear. They are quick to distract or run away from the thought causing them fear or fear itself. By practicing detaching from your anxious thoughts, you can begin to identify and have control over them, rather than contiuing them to have control over you.
This approach looks to identify your maladaptive thoughts. There are several distorted ways of thinking we love to employ to help protect ourselves and our egos! By increasing our awareness in which we do this individually, we can be begin to be more aware of our thought process and begin to change it by reframing our thoughts in the moment and eventually thinking differently in the future. As we work to change our thinking, we also look at how we can change our behavior and ultimately how we feel and experience life.
Exposure Response Prevention
Get ready to dive in. ERP entails creating a list of things that most likely make you anxious, ranked in severity of anxiety. We work on the less stressful ones first. Basically we sit with the anxiety in a mindful manner until we reprogram our minds and bodies to not respond in an anxious way. (Think of a smoke alarm that goes off when there is no smoke.) We gradually work up the ladder of anxiety to more stressful thoughts. ERP uses mindfulness principals and when enhanced using EMDR, has very good outcomes.