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Team from Kenya trained in 4-day OCD treatment and the patients provide positive feedback about their experience

Team from Kenya trained in 4-day OCD treatment

The OCD & Anxiety Program clinical team, alongside Bergen 4-Day Treatment (B4DT) patients, clinicians from Kenya and Norway, and B4DT co-creator, Dr. Bjarne Hansen.

We are delighted to announce the successful completion of two Bergen 4-day treatment (B4DT) groups for OCD in May and June 2024. This effective, intensive treatment attracted participants from around the world, including Switzerland, Canada, the United States, and as far as China. Witnessing our B4DT patients achieve significant reductions in OCD symptoms in just four days continues to be truly inspiring. We are deeply moved by our most recent patients’ courage and the profound progress they made toward leading the lives they aspire to live, unburdened by the symptoms of OCD.

Additionally, we are encouraged by the positive feedback from our patients, who felt supported by our clinical team and found enjoyment in the process of treating their OCD. One of our recent participants shared:

“My experience at the Bergen 4 Day program was both challenging and rewarding. I’ve struggled with OCD for a couple of years now, and I can certainly say that the program pushed me to confront scenarios I would have avoided on my own. I made more progress in dealing with my fears in these four days than in the entire past year. It was also extremely important that the people were great. I felt safe with the specialists at the program and enjoyed interacting with the other patients. The program was fun, which amazed me given how un-fun OCD and ERP are.”

And another participant:

“As a clinician, educator, and someone who has lived with OCD for most of my adult life, the B4D program helped me make a huge leap forward in my growth. I am now learning what life can be like as a full person. I highly recommend this program to everyone struggling with OCD and anxiety, no matter where they are in their recovery. My team were both partners and collaborators in this challenging work. The therapy and activities were tailor-made to my needs, and I felt heard, supported and seen when it was the hardest. They regularly surrounded me with kindness, compassion, and humor while working with me to both unpack and lean into my fear. As a strengths-based program, I have come to reframe my view of myself and my brain as normal. Thanks to my partnership with B4D and all the clinicians and patients that have informed the evolution of this program, I now see that I am capable of anything.”

Our May and June groups were enriched by the presence of dedicated clinicians from Nairobi, Kenya, representing Kenyatta University and Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital. Their participation marked the beginning of their training in the B4DT method, aimed at spreading this effective treatment approach to Nairobi, Kenya.

We are committed to expanding the reach of B4DT to ensure that more people worldwide can benefit from this innovative and effective treatment for OCD. In July, we eagerly anticipate welcoming a new team of clinicians from Quito, Ecuador, who will join us to continue this important mission.

Moving forward, we will host at least one B4DT group per month. If you are interested in participating in this evidence-based, concentrated treatment for OCD, please contact the OCD & Anxiety Program of Southern California at (310) 488-5850 or info@socalocd.org.

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The OCD & Anxiety Program clinical team, alongside Bergen 4-Day Treatment (B4DT) patients and clinicians from Kenya and Norway.