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Psychotherapy of Obsession, Habitual Worrying and Repetitive Fantasizing – with Dr Ruth Birkebaek

February 6 @ 10:00 am-4:30 pm

£95 – £105

Live Online via Zoom with live participation, Q&A and breakout rooms

Ruth Birkbaek


Through lectures, case discussions and live demonstration, this workshop will focus on the interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics of obsession, habitual worrying and repetitive fantasizing. We will examine the relational disruptions in the origin of obsession. Through demonstration of individual therapy we will examine how the healing of obsession can occur through respect, validation, contact, authenticity and involvement.

Ruth Birkbaek will present a Six-Point treatment plan developed by Richard Erskine for the psychotherapy of clients who engage in obsession, habitual worrying and repetitive fantasizing. We will explore the psychological function, script beliefs, process of avoidance, archaic experiences, relational-needs and self-responsibility that are dimensions within this client group. We will discuss how methods of cognitive understanding, affective expression and relational psychotherapy can be applied in therapy planning.

This workshop will be useful to psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists who want to apply theory in clinical practice and to enhance their effectiveness through identifying relational aspects of obsession, habitual worrying and repetitive fantasizing.

At this workshop participants will…

  • understand the phenomenological experience of this client group, including their attachment patterns, script beliefs and unconscious relational patterns
  • formulate a therapeutic perspective that will include the significance of attunement to client’s affect and rhythm while resonating with the client’s level of emotional development

Ruth Birkebaek

Ruth Birkebaek is an Integrative Psychotherapist, having trained for 5 years with Richard Erskine. Additionally Ruth has trained in Psychosomatic Medicine, Jung Therapy and Transactional Analysis. Ruth started her career in Brazil in 1989 as a Plastic Surgeon. After graduating from medical school she became interested in the impact of the mind on the development of physical illness. She now works full time as a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in London, and delivers training in Relational Integrative Psychotherapy. Ruth is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist, a Certified Integrative Psychotherapy Trainer & Supervisor (CIIPTS) by the IIPA (International Integrative Psychotherapy Association) and a Certified Transactional Analyst – Provisional Trainer & Supervisor (PTSTA).

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This seminar will be open to psychological therapists from all modalities (including trainees).

The vast majority of our professional CPD events are led by psychotherapists. Each delegate is responsible for self-care should material during the event trigger difficult personal feelings.

Book tickets


£95 Early Bird booking until 12th January 2021

£105 from 13th January 2021

CPD certificates supplied.

Location: Live Online via Zoom with live participation, Q&A and breakout rooms

Book tickets

£95 Early Bird booking until 12th January 2021

£105 from 13th January 2021

“Very good speaker, good pace, very informative”

“Ruth had a very engaging manner and huge confidence / knowledge of her subject”

“Engaging information / theory; clearly presented; good collective atmosphere”

“I will certainly look for more workshops with Ruth. Please will you ask her back? Ruth has a gift for attuning to a large group with such attentiveness and sensitivity”

“Great emphatic speaker. Sensitive and very attuned”

Alternatively to book: email or phone 07599 369566 with the name of the event(s) you wish to attend plus the following information: your full name; postal address; best contact telephone number and job title.

Postal address for cheques: Wendy Bramham, 47C Kingsbury St, Marlborough SN8 1JE.
A confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you.


February 6
10:00 am-4:30 pm
£95 – £105


United Kingdom


Wendy Bramham
07599 369566