Dr Allen Weg – OCD Treatment Through Storytelling

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In episode 63 of the podcast I interviewed Dr Allen WegAllen is a licensed psychologist and founder of the stress and anxiety services of New Jersey. He is on the board of directors for OCD New Jersey, an affiliate of the IOCDF, and he wrote the book “OCD treatment through storytelling”.

Allen Weg

I had a nice chat with Dr Allen Weg. He shared some great wisdom around OCD recovery. We talk about the power of storytelling, he explains ERP through a couple stories, shares the importance of lowering stress in your life, preventing relapse and graduated vs flooding in exposures. Enjoy!


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Show notes:

Allen’s story (4:00)

Using stories in the treatment of OCD (6:30)

A couple stories explaining ERP (9:00)

Lowering stress in recovery (15:30)

How to prevent relapse (18:20)

Flooding vs graduated exposure (21:00)

How much effort should one be putting into ERP? (23:30)

The elevator question (26:10)

Allen’s advice for living an amazing life (27:00)

The billboard question (30:10)

Find out more about Alan:

Website: StressandAnxiety.com

“OCD treatment through storytelling” by Dr Allen Weg (Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.com)

Allen has created a wonderful set of tips/advice videos on youtube. See them all here >>




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