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In episode 116 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Fred Penzel for the second time. Fred is a licensed psychologist; he is the executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services. He specialises in CBT for OCD, BDD, Trichotillomania and PTSD. Fred is a founding member of the International OCD Foundation and author of the book Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well”

Dr Fred Penzel

I talked with Fred about his article 25 tips to succeeding in your OCD treatment, including why to “Always expect the unexpected”,  “Remember that dealing with your symptoms is your responsibility alone”, how a parent, friend or loved one can handle reassurance seeking behaviours, “Remember that in OCD, the problem is not the anxiety — the problem is the compulsions”. Fred also answers some of your submitted questions. Hope it helps. 

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Find out more about Fred:

Fred’s full bio

Fred’s articles

Fred’s website –

Fred on Twitter – @DrFredPenzel

Fred’s books: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders ( & The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania (

Fred’s article “25 tips for succeeding in your OCD treatment

Fred’s first episode on The OCD Stories podcast


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