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Stuart Ralph

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Mark Freeman – The Mind Workout

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In episode 75 I talk with Mark Freeman for the third time in the show’s history. Mark is a mental health author, coach and YouTuber. He is the co-founder of the blog everybodyhasabrain. Mark has just launched is new book “The mind workout”.

The Mind Workout

In this conversation with Mark we discuss getting into good mental shape, living with uncertainty, chemical imbalances, stigma, dealing with compulsions, training the brain to deal with urges by training it on ‘normal urges’, taking care of your mornings, motivation, setting goals, awareness bandwidth and the importance of values. Enjoy!


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10 Things You Can Do This Week

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In episode 74 of the podcast I share two insights from Mark Freeman’s “10 things you can do this week (and next)” PDF. I talk about how changing your morning routine can help in recovery and how you can make your brain squirm. I share these insights and tell you how you can get a free copy. Enjoy!

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Go wild: positive mental well-being

In episode 73 I continue the theme of nature and mental health by recording this episode in a nature reserve. I discuss more benefits of nature on mental well-being, fractal patterns and their calming effects and reference some more studies. I hope this inspires you to get out into nature. Enjoy!

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OCD Charities: OCD Action

In episode 72 I interview Olivia Bamber from the charity OCD Action. Olivia is the media and communications officer for the charity.

Olivia Bamber OCD Action

I had a good chat with Olivia. She shared her OCD story, and her experiences on the BBC documentary Extreme OCD Camp. We discussed the importance of putting effort into therapy, the services the charity offers: phone/email support, the buddy program etc. Olivia talked about fundraising for the charity and not letting OCD hold you back. Hope it helps!

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Nature and Growing Positive Mental Health

In episode 71 I talk about nature and its positive impacts on mental health. In the last century we have spent less time in nature, and I believe this has had a negative impact on our mental health. In this episode I talk about my experiences around how nature has helped my mental well-being, as well as drawing findings from studies on nature and mental health. I share some tips for spending more time in nature. Enjoy!

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OCD Charities: The IOCDF

In episode 70 I talk with Jeff Szymanski and Ethan Smith of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). Jeff is the executive director of the charity and clinical psychologist. Ethan is an ambassador for the charity and a professional Writer/Director/Producer/Actor. This interview is one of a three part series of OCD charities. The goal is to find out more about what services they have, and how you can get involved.

Ethan and Jeff IOCDF

Picture credit: Alison Dotson

We talk about stigma and how to break it down, the charity, the services the IOCDF offer, the term OCDvocate, their annual OCD conference, finding the right therapist and how you can get involved. Enjoy!

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OCD recovery is a marathon

In episode 69 I share some of my thoughts on the marathon I ran recently for OCD UK and how these thoughts could inspire you further in your recovery. I also discuss the “I’m so OCD” debate – a hot topic. I “rant” about how people engage more with this debate than they do with recovery focused content that will lead them out of pain and into their best life yet. Remember this “where focus goes, energy flows” – Tony Robbins. Spend your time on content, and things that will help you recover, not make you angry. With love, Stu. 

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Your ERP Questions Answered – Part 1 with Shala Nicely

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In episode 68 of the podcast I interviewed Shala Nicely. Shala is an anxiety disorders treatment specialist in Atlanta, co-founder of beyondthedoubt.com and co-author of the forthcoming book, “Everyday Mindfulness for OCD”. 

Shala Nicely

I got Shala on the show to answer some of your ERP questions. I asked the community what their ERP questions were. 36 people answered, with a collective 78 questions. This is part one in answering these questions. Enjoy!

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Professor Paul Gilbert – Compassion and OCD

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In episode 67 of the podcast I interviewed Professor Paul Gilbert. Paul is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. Through his research he created compassion focused therapy (CFT). He has written and edited 20 books and established the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006. He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.

Professor Paul Gilbert

I had a fun and insightful chat with Paul about Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), using breathing to tone down anxiety, how compassion can help ERP, Mindfulness and compassion exercises. Enjoy!

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Epifania Rita Gallina – Taking back your life through ERP

In episode 66 of the podcast I interviewed Epifania Rita Gallina. Epifania is an Italian/American Masters student at Columbia University’s Clinical Psychology program. In September of 2015, she created the online private Facebook support group called “Living on Edge: Taking back your life through ERP,” which now holds 147 members and she peer supports both online and in person. She also plans on becoming an OCD and anxiety disorder specialist and a neuropsychologist.

Epifania Rita Gallina

I had a wonderful chat with Epi about ERP, mindfulness, how to lower stress, living by your values, not underestimating student therapists, loving yourself more, book recommendations and OCD advice. Enjoy!

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