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Internal Family Systems Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Internal Family Systems Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

September 20th, 2023

September 27th, 2023


● Understanding and identifying obsessive compulsive systems.
● Viewing obsessive compulsive disorder through the lens of IFS.
● Assessing the protective system and mapping its dynamics.
● The strengths and benefits of adding IFS to OCD treatment.
● The practical application of IFS to OC systems.
● The importance of Self-energy in the healing process.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is conventionally viewed as a challenging, multi-faceted syndrome in which obsessive and compulsive (OC) processes are driven by a need to avoid negative feelings such as contamination, fear, and shame. This conceptualization is valuable as far as it goes, but from an IFS perspective we might also wonder about the mechanisms of this avoidance and how to heal this cycle at its core i.e., the protectors and exiles involved. 


In the first part of this two-part workshop, we will present an IFS definition of OCD, survey the many manifestations of OCD, and offer a sound approach to IFS assessment of obsessive and compulsive systems. 

In the second part we will explore OC processes as the behaviors of protective parts who are motivated not just to avoid, but to exile negative feelings in predictable ways and how to release the protectors from their extreme states by adding the precious ingredients of Self-leadership and compassion and by healing the exiles who drive the process.


Melissa Mose

Melissa Mose, LMFT has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1995. In addition to her client and consultation practice, she supervises associates in her group practice in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Certified Level 3 Internal Family Systems therapist, an IFSI-approved Clinical Consultant and has served as staff for multiple Level 1 and Level 2 IFS trainings.

Melissa’s experience as the parent of a child with OCD led her to specialize in the treatment of OCD and anxiety 12 years ago. She is the president of OCD Southern California, a local affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, whose mission it is to increase awareness, build community, and improve access to effective treatment for OCD. Bringing her experience with obsessive compulsive systems to the IFS community is her passion.