Do you struggle with tics or Tourette's syndrome?
Oslo Psykologsenter is one of the few private clinics that offers treatment for tics and Tourette syndrome.
Do you want to understand more about what tics are and what treatment we can offer? Read this interview with our psychologist Petter Espeseth Emhjellen:
Why did you become interested in tics?
"When I started working with adults and adolescents with tics and Tourette syndrome, I quickly discovered that there are far too few who offer non-drug treatment for tics. This appeared to be a paradox, as both the research literature and my own experience show that psychological tics treatment works for a great many people! Tic treatment is one of the most rewarding things I do as a psychologist. That's because you can often see a clear benefit from the treatment after a short time."
What are tics?
"Tics are involuntary movements (motor tics) or sounds (vocal tics). People with Tourette syndrome have both motor and vocal tics. Many experience recovery from tics when they become adults, while others continue to be troubled. Some people experience tics as socially inhibiting. Tics can also cause pain and other bodily ailments. In such cases, you can get better with tic-control training."
What does the treatment consist of?
"Tic-controlling training (in English Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics) is a behavioral psychological treatment method that aims to reduce tics or how troublesome they are. Many studies have shown that the method works well. Tic-controlling exercise can be a good alternative or supplement to medication, which for some may have insufficient effect and side effects.
The treatment is that you get help to practice countermovements that should make you get less tics (called habit reversal training, HRT). We will also work with action strategies and ways of thinking that make tics less problematic in daily life. Together, we will arrive at how many hours you want to come and what will be the focus. That you are motivated to practice the techniques between classes is one of the most important things for the treatment to be successful."
Book an appointment
If you want help with bothersome tics, or just conversations about having tics or Tourette's syndrome, you can book an appointment with psychologist Petter Espeseth Emhjellen. Choose individual therapy for adults, then Petter Emhjellen as treatment. If there are no available hours, you can send another email Petter Emhjellen.
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