Chrissie Hodges: Groinal and other physical symptoms of OCD (#347)

In episode 347 I interviewed Chrissie Hodges. Chrissie is a Peer Support specialist, founder of OCD Gamechangers, and Author of ‚ÄėPure OCD: The Invisible Side of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder‚Äô. Chrissie was awarded the hero award at the 24th IOCDF conference in San Fran.

We discuss some of the physical symptoms of OCD, worrying about telling her therapist about the physical symptoms that were manifesting for her, the groinal, compulsions around these bodily sensations, disgust and shame, when checking compulsions make you feel and think you acted on a worry, and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/chrissie-247 

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Dr Patricia Zurita Ona: Perfectionism and High-Achieving Behaviours (#346)

In episode 346 I chat with Dr Patricia Zurita Ona. Patricia is director of the East Bay Behavior Therapy Center and adjunct professor at the Wright Institute. She is the author of several books including her new book ‚ÄėAcceptance and Commitment Skills for Perfectionism and High-Achieving Behaviors: Do Things Your Way, Be Yourself, and Live a Purposeful Life‚Äô.

We discuss what are perfectionistic, and high achieving behaviours, fears of being a failure and not being good enough, what perfectionism can look like in relationships and friendships, harnessing the power of perfectionism without losing yourself, checking in with what matters, how these things have impacted Patricia’s life, choosing to show up to what matters in your life, her new book, finding your own rhythms, values based decisions, OCD and perfectionism, how these traits can impact exposure and response (ERP) therapy, and much more. Hope it helps. 

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/patricia-246 

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

Dr Sam Greenblatt: In the wake of OCD (Trauma, identity, loss) (#345)

In episode 345 I chat with Dr Sam Greenblatt. Sam is a licensed clinical psychologist.

We discuss an update on his past relapse, his fire metaphor, processing the trauma of OCD, meta OCD, PTSD and OCD, identity and OCD, the idea of perceived fragility, loss and grief around OCD, figuring out what is normative, and much more. Hope it helps.  

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/greenblatt-345 

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

Story: Courtney Newman (#344)

In episode 344 I chat with Courtney Newman who has kindly agreed to share her story with us. 

We discuss her story, going to therapy, learning what OCD is, mental compulsions, harm worries around her family, covid related contamination worries, having a clean world and a dirty world, and much more. Hope it helps. 

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/courtney-344 

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Robert Fox: IFS – Witnessing the positive intent of parts (#343)

In episode 343 I chat with Robert Fox. Rob is a therapist (LMHC) practicing in Woburn, USA. He specialises in internal family systems and EMDR therapy. 

We discuss what is internal family systems (IFS), the idea of parts of us, feeling feelings, the positive intention of our parts, the idea that OCD is a sign post to something deeper that needs healing or attention, pushing down feelings in childhood, case examples and examples from his own life, caring for the parts of ourselves, expressing and witnessing emotions, and much more. Hope it helps. 

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/rob-fox-343 

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Dr Steven Phillipson: Sleep… the hostage of anxiety (#342)

In episode 342 I chat with Dr Steven Phillipson. Steven is a licensed clinical psychologist who specialises in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD. Steven is the Clinical Director at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy in New York.

We discuss why sleep is the hostage of anxiety, desperation around sleep, what is sleep and the stages of sleep, how sleep medication, alcohol, and benzodiazepines can affect sleep quality, using sleep as avoidance, insomnia, sleep as an independent system, how trying to sleep may be causing a lack of it, what Steve doesn’t like about the CBT sleep hygiene approach, Steve’s approach to helping his clients sleep, why sleep shouldn’t be the goal, getting an OCD spike at night, OCD in our dreams, and much more. Hope it helps. 

This episode is supported by Cambridge University Press and Dr Lynne Drummond‚Äôs new book ‚ÄúEverything you need to know about OCD‚ÄĚ. Get 20% off Lynne‚Äôs new book at¬†cambridge.org/EverythingOCD. Simply use discount code OCDStories20 at checkout.¬†

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

Dr Lynne Drummond: Everything you need to know about OCD (#341)

In episode 341 I chat Dr Lynne Drummond. Lynne is an honorary consultant psychiatrist at south west London and St George’s NHS Trust, and visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire.

We discuss her therapy story, her new book ‚ÄúEverything you need to know about OCD‚ÄĚ, the stigma around OCD, raising awareness around OCD, a historical view of how OCD has been viewed, working with patients who have struggled with treatment in the past, how Lynne and her team were able to help these patients, medication, how Lynne explains exposure and response prevention (ERP), optimising ERP, living with uncertainty, and much more. Hope it helps.¬†

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/lynne-drummond-341

Get 20% off Lynne’s new book at cambridge.org/EverythingOCD. Simply use discount code OCDStories20 at checkout. 

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

Story: Liam Moore (#340)

In episode 340 I chat with Liam who has kindly agreed to share his story with us. 

We discuss his story, pedophile themed OCD (pOCD), violent intrusive thoughts, attending a support group, grief and loss, learning to see OCD not as a bully, his therapy journey and what he learned, setting up his own OCD support group, a suicide attempt, advocating about OCD at his work, and so much more. Hope it helps. 

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/liam-340

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Dr Heather Sequeira: Trauma and OCD (PTSD, Complex and Developmental trauma) (#339)

In episode 339 I chat to Dr Heather Sequeira. Heather is a consultant psychologist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

We discuss her therapy story, trauma and OCD, what is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), what is complex or developmental trauma, what’s going on in the brain with trauma, disgust in trauma and OCD, doubt and uncertainty, treating OCD and trauma together, the role of compassion, when the OCD theme directly links to the trauma, focusing on what we want to do now, shame around the freeze response, and much more. Hope helps. 

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/heather-339 

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

Dr Jordan Levy & Dr Tatyana Mestechkina: What if this is not OCD?: Doubting the ‚ÄúDoubting Disease‚ÄĚ (#338)

In episode 338 I chat ‚ÄčDr Jordan Levy and Dr Tatyana Mestechkina. Both Jordan and Tatyana are¬†licensed clinical psychologists who treat OCD.¬†

We discuss their therapy story, we chat about the thought of what if this is not OCD and other thoughts that get in the way of therapy, such as, What if this time is different? What if I‚Äôm doing therapy the wrong way? What if this is the piece of ‚Äúevidence‚ÄĚ that leads my therapist to think this isn‚Äôt OCD after all? What if these thoughts are bad, and I‚Äôm a bad person for having them and letting them be there? What if my therapist doesn‚Äôt know what they‚Äôre talking about? We discuss how to navigate the thoughts, the back door spike, and much more. Hope it helps.¬†

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/jordan-and-tatyana-338 

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories