In episode 43 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Becky Beaton. Becky is the Founder and Director of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute. Becky is also a co-founder of OCD Georgia, which is an affiliate of the IOCDF. She was also a psychologist on the US TV show Hoarding for 60 episodes.

Dr Becky Beaton

I talked with Becky about many topics including hoarding, therapies for hoarding, how trauma affects OCD, dealing with anxiety around flying, getting motivated for therapy, the impact of stress on OCD, the importance of sleep, why conscious breathing is important, mindfulness and how to get started with it, medication, nutrition and exercise. Enjoy.

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Show notes:

Becky’s anxiety and therapy story (6:00)

Dealing with flight anxiety (10:00)

When hoarding falls into the OCD spectrum (11:40)

Risks of the hoarding environment (13:10)

How trauma affects OCD and hoarding (16:00)

Therapies for hoarding (22:40)

Therapies for OCD (30:30)

Motivating a client/getting motivated to do therapy (33:30)

How stress affects OCD (37:50)

The importance of breathing consciously (40:00)

Getting started with mindfulness (44:40)

Why pets can help in recovery (47:30)

Looking at recovery holistically (49:20)

The chambered nautilus (1:00:00)

Hypnotherapy for OCD (1:05:40)

What Becky wants you to know (1:10:00)

The one thing people with OCD should start doing (1:11:00)

The one that holds someone with OCD back (1:11:50)

Becky’s 30 second advice (1:13:00)

Becky’s advice for living an amazing life (1:14:10)

Becky’s billboard (1:15:00)

Find out more about Becky:

Twitter: DrBeckyBeaton

Becky’s clinic –

Becky’s website –


OCD Georgia

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“The ultramind solution” by Dr Mark Hyman (

Jeff Bell – When in doubt, make belief


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Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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