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.

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Find out more about Steven:

Steven’s website – / Choice article

Podcast: Dr Steven Phillipson – Recovery From Thinking The Unthinkable

Podcast: Dr Steven Phillipson – How ERP works, and the power of choice

Podcast: Dr Steven Phillipson – What actually is OCD?

Podcast: Dr Steven Phillipson – Teletherapy for OCD

Podcast: Dr Steven Phillipson – Altered States of Consciousness & OCD

Podcast: Dr Steven Phillipson – Two tail spikes in OCD

Podcast: Dr Steven Phillipson – Magical thinking in OCD

Podcast: Dr Steven Phillipson – Choice (audiobook)


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Comments (8)
  1. Thanks for your commitment and effort in bringing these OCD podcasts to us. They are invaluable in filling the gaps and answering lingering question OCDers like me have about what the road to recovery looks, sounds and feels like. It is really helpful hearing the official experts speaking and adds another dimension to their written work (books and articles).
    Again, thank you.

  2. Stew, amazing job once again. Dr. Steven Phillipson is amazing and really resonates with me. Next time you have him on could you ask him”do we treat our panic and anxiety the same way as ocd thoughts by ERP as well?” I know I kinda answered that question on my own but would like to hear you guys discuss what to do with the by products of the ocd thoughts such as the fear panic and anxiety. Keep up the good work, you guys have helped me more then you will ever know!

  3. To Stuart and the team behind the OCD stories series,

    I just wanted to thank you for the honest and open discussion you are providing on OCD and how it affects sufferers. I have suffered with OCD since I was 11y old , have been an inpatient and have had my life on hold, like many of the guests on the podcast.

    I am now 28, living in the UK and studying to be an art therapist. I still suffer with OCD and wouldn’t be doing so well if it wasn’t for my amazing family and support network.

    The podcast is really amazing, I don’t know anything like it! It gets such a good variety of guests on, from therapists to sufferers , advocates and psychiatrists. It offers so much and in a really human way!

    Thank you for everything you are doing!


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      Hi Josie,

      Thank you so much for listening and for your kind words. I am glad the podcast has helped you and that you are doing better. Wishing you every success on your art therapy journey!


  4. I am a regular listener to this podcast, I have OCD, and I was disgusted by the disrespectful manner in which Dr Phillipson discussed his patients. ERP and CBT have often had problems with patient care, preferring to see a broken machine than a person with thoughts and feelings. For a medical doctor to publicly declare that he tells his patients that he does not care about the pain they are in during treatment is horrific. Would you accept such a comment from a surgeon? Much treatment, whether for physical or mental illnesses, involves pain. The pain might be unavoidable, but making that pain worse by publicly shaming patients is avoidable. The very least our doctors owe us is a basic level of human feeling for the very real pain OCD causes.

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      Hi Clare,

      Thanks for your comment. Sorry that this episode came across like that to you. I don’t believe Dr Phillipson meant it in that way – you could always email him to clarify what he meant. From my experience with Dr Phillipson is that he deeply cares about his clients and their experience in therapy. Sometimes things get lost in translation on the podcast.

      Thank you for sharing your experience, and thanks for listening to the show.

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