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Stuart Ralph

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Dr Sally Winston – Compulsive Checking and Reassurance Seeking

In episode 203 of The OCD Stories podcast I chat with Dr Sally Winston. Sally co-founded The Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland in 1992. She is co-author of “Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts”, and co-author of the new book “Needing to Know for Sure: A CBT-Based Guide to Overcoming Compulsive Checking and Reassurance Seeking”.

Dr Sally Winston

In this episode I chat with Sally about her therapy story, what is compulsive reassurance seeking, why reassurance seeking is a trap, changing your relationship with uncertainty, reducing this compulsion, what it means to “Live in a world of maybe and good enough”, how families can support people wanting to break OCD reassurance seeking cycles and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Dr Josh Spitalnick – OCD in children and its treatment

In episode 202 of The OCD Stories podcast I chat with Dr Josh Spitalnick. Josh is a licensed psychologist, owner and clinical director at the Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta, an outpatient clinic.

Dr Josh Spitalnick

In this episode I chat with Josh about his story of working with children, how OCD may differ in children, worry monsters, working with the family, explaining ERP to a child, encouraging kids to do their CBT homework. PANDAS – what is it, the key things families can consider when helping their child with OCD, family conflict in recovery, advice for parents, keeping a child motivated during treatment, and much much more. Hope it helps. 

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Chris Trondsen Shares his Story, Advocacy and Becoming a Therapist

In episode 201 of The OCD Stories podcast I chat with Chris Trondsen. Chris is psychotherapist at the Gateway institute, an OCD and anxiety treatment center. He currently serves as the Vice President of the IOCDF Southern California Affiliate – OCD So Cal, leading efforts in OCD awareness and education in the local community.

Chris Tronsdon

In this episode I chat with Chris about his story: when it started, how it developed, a suicide attempt, getting effective therapy, building up his life after treatment, and advocacy. Chris shares a roadblock and epiphany in his recovery, making treatment important and taking it seriously, families involvement in treatment, learning to live again, building up a routine again, working through anger, becoming an advocate, becoming a therapist, living with uncertainty, having a ‘why’ in recovery, having a support system, moving from defence to offence in treatment, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Dr Steven Phillipson – Exposure and Response Prevention

In episode 200 of The OCD Stories podcast I chat with Dr Steven Phillipson. Steven is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD. He co-founded the first Support group for OCD sufferers in the New York area in 1987. Steven is the Clinical Director at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy.

Dr Steven Phillipson

In this episode I chat with Dr Steven Phillipson’s about founding the first OCD support group, what is ERP, why it’s ok if you don’t get anxious sometimes when doing ERP and how it’s still working, understanding Response Prevention, graded flooding, the goal of ERP, not undoing the exposure work by doing compulsions, how do you deal with inadvertent spikes, demonstrating irrelevance, and much much more.

Hope it helps.

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Jayme Valdez – Pedophilia themed OCD

In episode 199 of The OCD Stories podcast I chat with Jayme Valdez. Jayme is the owner of Clearview OCD Counseling, a private psychotherapy practice just outside Boston. Jayme is a licensed mental health counselor and serves on the Board of Directors for OCD Massachusetts and OCD Rhode Island. 

Jayme Valdez

In this episode I chat with Jayme about POCD. What is Pedophilia themed OCD, what are the common obsessions and compulsions, what does Exposure and Response Prevention therapy look like for this theme, dealing with shame, how families can support their loved ones with OCD, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Lori Johnson – Family support and boundaries

In episode 198 of The OCD Stories podcast I chat with Lori Johnson. Lori is a therapist based in the Denver area who specialises in OCD, anxiety and addiction. Lori runs a private practice called In Focus Counselling.

Lori Johnson

In this episode I chat with Lori about boundaries, preventing burnout, authentically praising loved ones with OCD, helping a family member who has addiction and OCD, what to do when someone is compulsively asking for reassurance, what to do when someone is compulsively confessing, what to do when you catch a loved one in the act of a compulsion, and much much more. Hope it helps. 

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Jon Hershfield – Existential themed OCD

In episode 197 of The OCD Stories podcast I chat with Jon Hershfield. Jon is a psychotherapist who specialises in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is the author four books about OCD.

Jon Hershfield

In this episode I chat with Jon about what is existential themed OCD, common obsessions and compulsions, ERP for this theme, how families can support their loved one with OCD, and much much more. Hope it helps. 

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