Unfortunately, many individuals with psychological disorders must wait several months before a therapist is able to see them. Additionally, many do not seek psychological help due to factors such as concern about stigma, the desire to solve their problems on their own, and feelings of shame. This results in many people not receiving treatment. One solution is to provide self-help interventions, such as bibliotherapy or online therapeutic treatment.

We have developed several self-help approaches for OCD and impulse control disorders. These may be downloaded at no cost (see the links to the right). You will also find citations of articles that address the effectiveness of these approaches based on empirical studies. In addition, information on metacognitive training for various psychological disorders can be found under the metacognitive training (MCT) tab at the top of this page.


Hottenrott, B., Jelinek, L., Kellner, M., & Moritz, S. (2011). “Assoziationsspaltung” als Zusatzintervention für Patienten mit Zwangsstörung: Eine Fallbeschreibung [Association Splitting as an Add-On Intervention for Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Case Report], Verhaltenstherapie, 21, 109-115.

Jelinek, L., Hauschildt, M., Hottenrott, B., Kellner, M., & Moritz, S. (2014). Further evidence for biased semantic networks in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): When knives are no longer associated with buttering bread but only with stabbing people. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45, 427-434.

Jelinek, L., Hottenrott, B., & Moritz, S. (2009). Assoziationsspaltung – Eine neue Intervention zur Behandlung von Zwangsgedanken [Association splitting – A new treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder]. Notfall und Hausarztmedizin, 35, 24–28.

Jelinek, L., Hottenrott, B., & Moritz, S. (2009). When cancer is associated with illness but no longer with animal or zodiac sign: Investigation of biased semantic networks in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 1031-1036.

Moritz, S., & Jelinek, L. (2007). Association splitting Self-help guide for reducing obsessive thoughts (J. Volkert, Trans.). VanHam Campus Verlag: Hamburg.

Moritz, S., & Jelinek, L. (2011). Association splitting as a self-help technique for reducing obsessive thoughts. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 574–581. [Download]

Moritz, S., Jelinek, L., Klinge, R., & Naber, D. (2007). Fight fire with fireflies! Association splitting: A novel cognitive technique to reduce obsessive thoughts. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 631-635. [Download]

Musiat, P., Moritz, S, Jacobi, C., & Schmidt, U. (2014). Association splitting: Feasibility study of a novel technique to reduce weight and shape concerns. Eating and Weight Disorders, 19, 153-158.

Rodríguez-Martín, B. C., Moritz, S., Molerio-Pérez, O., & Gil-Pérez, P. (2013). Effectiveness of association splitting in reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts in a nonclinical sample. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 4, 433-440.