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Article Title: Pakistani Psychologists’ Experiences with Cognitive Behavior Therapy of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Author(s): Kiran Ishfaq, Farah Malik & Iffat Batool

Institute(s): Department of Psychology, GC University, Lahore.

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2014, Vol. 12, No.2, 43-52

Correspondence Address: Kiran Ishfaq, Department of Psychiatry, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore. E-mail:


The purpose of this study was to explore experiences of clinical psychologists of Pakistan with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in dealing with patients of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and to incorporate their recommendations in indigenous therapeutic protocol of CBT for OCD patients of Pakistan. For this purpose, in depth semi-structured one to one interviews, of one hour duration on an average, were conducted with five professionally trained clinical psychologists working in public and private sectors. These recorded interviews were analyzed employing thematic analysis to recognize and understand the answers of inquiry questions. To ensure rigor in research, different validation strategies were employed. Study results revealed that CBT professionals of Pakistan are following the western trends of CBT with slight modifications according to the cultural, religious and educational aspects of patients thus acknowledging the role of culture, religion and personal aspects in phenomenology, thought pattern and CBT management of individual OCD patients. This study, by motivating researchers to study effectiveness of CBT in our culture, is hopefully opening the path towards the bright future of CBT as an effective therapeutic approach in Pakistan.

Keywords: Pakistan, CBT, OCD, Psychologists, Experiences, Indigenous

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