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Special episode: Dr Patrick McGrath interviews Dr Alec Pollard

Dr Patrick McGrath head of clinical services at NOCD interviews Dr Alec Pollard Founding Director of the Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD). 

In this episode they talk about Alec’s therapy story, what areas of OCD have his interest currently, developing an approach to help families of loved ones who refuse therapy, developing his OCD institute in St Louis, why it’s exposure and response prevention (ERP) not exposure therapy, the importance of the RP of ERP, the influence of Joseph Wolpe to OCD therapy, how anger inhibits anxiety, panic disorder, learning to adapt to uncertainty, and much more. Hope that helps. 

Show notes:

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to

Justin Hughes: Walking faithfully as a Christian while doing OCD treatment (#299)

In episode 299 I chat with Justin Hughes. Justin is a licensed professional counsellor in Dallas, Texas who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

In this episode I chat with Justin about some of the barriers that get in the way of Christians seeking treatment, he share’s some relevant scripture, why OCD is not a spiritual problem, seeing a therapist regardless of their own faith, the concept of common grace, we discuss miracles, uncertainty and Christianity, doing exposure and response prevention (ERP) without crossing the client’s religious and personal values, dealing with the guilt and shame of having had certain intrusive thoughts, speaking with family member’s who are hesitant about therapy, and much more. Hope it helps. 

Show notes:

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to

Special episode: Chrissie Hodges interviews Chance McNeely – childhood trauma, & the trauma of OCD

In this episode peer support specialist Chrissie Hodges interviews Chance McNeely. 

Chrissie chats with Chance about his story, how culture can develop/influence themes, childhood trauma, their upbringings, struggling to speak up as children, self-compassion, trauma from OCD, shame, peer support, and much more. Hope it helps. 

Show notes:

Thanks to OCDPeers for sponsoring this week’s special edition of the podcast. To find out about their peer support groups for OCD, and to meet others head to

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The OCD Stories podcast is a show that aims to offer hope and inspiration. Host Stuart Ralph interviews some of the best minds in OCD treatment and recovery to share their advice, to both entertain and educate listeners towards a healthier life. The show was created in 2015. Since that time is has been downloaded over 3.5 million times globally.

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