Dr Elizabeth Forrester – Rumination (#288)

In episode 288 I interview Dr Elizabeth Forrester. Liz is a consultant clinical psychologist in London.

I chat with Liz about her therapy story, her research into rumination, normalising intrusive thoughts, the difference between thinking and thought, the process of rumination, examples of rumination, healthy vs unhealthy distraction, what actually is exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), words of hope, and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/dr-liz-forrester-288

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Story: Saleha Hansbhai (#287)

In episode 287 I interviewed Saleha Hansbhai who has kindly agreed to share her story.

I chat with Saleha about her story, her earliest OCD memory, violent intrusive thoughts, religious themed OCD, seeking reassurance, checking, confessing, getting multiple incorrect diagnoses, having suicidal thoughts, medication, later on experiencing suicidal themed OCD, getting hospitalised, eventually getting the right diagnosis, starting ERP, going to the IOCDF conference, meeting others with OCD, relapsing, how her father now uses her experience to educate others in the Muslim community who are suffering, why she shares her story, words of hope, and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-saleha-287

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Story: Marion Maw – Advocacy in New Zealand (#286)

In episode 286 I interviewed Marion Maw who has kindly agreed to share her family story and advocacy in New Zealand.

In this episode I chat with Marion about her daughter’s OCD story, and her parent story, moral worries (scrupulosity), getting therapy for her daughter, what she learned as a parent of a child experiencing OCD, sharing common feelings together, getting started in advocacy, the advocacy initiatives she’s involved with in New Zealand, how she uses her unique experience to advocate, her experience of advocating, words of hope and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-marion-286

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Dr Michael Greenberg – Somatic/Sensorimotor OCD, and rumination (#285)

In episode 285 I interviewed Dr Michael Greenberg. Michael is a licensed clinical psychologist.

In this episode I chat with Michael about his reflections on his first episode, Michael’s articles, what is somatic/sensorimotor OCD, depersonalisation/derealisation, how rumination can maintain somatic symptoms, the difference between awareness and attention, he reads his exercise from the article ‘how to stop paying attention’, the 6 things that get in the way when trying not to ruminate, how he treats somatic OCD, removing analysis and avoidance, we discuss mindfulness and why it may not be good for OCD in Michael’s opinion, practicing reducing rumination, and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/dr-michael-greenberg-285

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Story: Gen Skeja (#284)

In episode 284 I interviewed Gen Skeja who has kindly agreed to share his story.

I chat with Gen about his story, sexual intrusive thoughts, sexual orientation OCD, moving abroad to avoid the thoughts, finding out about OCD, reading about OCD, interviewing therapists to find a good match, panic attacks, the process of therapy, and much much more.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/gen-story-284

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Nate Gruner – Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) for OCD (#283)

In episode 283 I interviewed Nate Gruner. Nate is a staff Behavioral Therapist at McLean OCD institute.

We talk about his therapy story, what is functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP), the interpersonal aspects of therapy, the importance of the therapeutic relationship, how FAP can be useful for OCD, he gives client in-session examples, using FAP, ACT and ERP together, doing exposures to build intimacy, we discuss clinically relevant behaviours (CRBs), and much much more.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/nate-gruner-283

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Dr Michael Twohig, Dr Patricia Zurita Ona and Jonny Say: ACT for OCD (#282)

In episode 282 I interviewed Dr Michael Twohig, Dr Patricia Zurita Ona and Jonny Say. Michael is a licensed psychologist and researcher, Patricia is a clinical psychologist, and Jonny is an integrative counsellor.

In this episode I chat with Michael, Patricia and Jonny about their backgrounds and what brought them to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), where ACT adds value to OCD treatment, how they use ACT alongside exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), we discuss the compulsion of rumination and how ACT can target it, how ACT targets other difficult emotions that can go alongside OCD, how ACT can work on other issues alongside OCD, how values can be useful to guiding life decisions, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Dr Sam Greenblatt – A potential way of improving ERP: habituation model versus inhibitory learning theory (#281)

In episode 280 I interviewed Dr Sam Greenblatt. Sam is a licensed clinical psychologist.

I chat with Sam about the effectiveness of exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), the habituation model of ERP, why habituation isn’t always needed, what is the inhibitory learning theory model of ERP, why has it improved on the habituation model, how inhibitory learning theory looks in a therapy session, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Story: Brian Sullivan (#280)

In episode 280 I interviewed Brian Sullivan who has kindly agreed to share his story with us. 

I chat with Brian about his story, divorce, bullying, depression, medication, suicidal ideation, working with the wrong therapist, then finding a helpful therapist, hospitalisation and how Brian found that helpful, what Brian has learned in therapy about OCD and life, going back to studying, we talk about Asexuality, words of hope, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Sheryl Paul – The wisdom of anxiety (and intrusive thoughts) (#279)

In episode 279 I chat with Sheryl Paul. Sheryl is a counselor informed by Jungian depth psychology, and author of the book The wisdom of anxiety.

In this episode we chat about her story, transitions such as marriage, birth, death and the anxiety they can bring. We discuss the highly sensitive person, we talk a lot about relationship anxiety, we explore differing views of OCD and the integration of certain therapies with CBT, we discuss a Jungian view of OCD, the spirituality and beauty of ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) and facing fear as an innate human skill, the timetable of healing, emptiness, the Jungian idea of gathering gold, and much more more. Hope it helps. 

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/sheryl-paul-279

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