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In episode 99 I interviewed Dr Steven Phillipson. Steven is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD. He co-founded the first CBT/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 Steven about the history behind the term Pure O, OCD support groups, therapy homework, you get out of therapy what you put in, the commonalities among OCD themes, how not to get stuck in the content/theme of the OCD thought, why OCD isn’t evil it’s just a friendly brain in overdrive, when a parent and child has the same theme of OCD, why a thought is just a thought, living by your values despite what ever emotion may be present, a relapse prevention strategy, dealing with false memory OCD, and learning to live in the present. Enjoy!

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Show notes:

Steven’s therapy story (3:10)

OCD support groups (10:20)

The importance of doing therapy homework (12:20)

Listener questions:

What do all OCD themes have in common? (16:40)

Advice for a teen child and parent with the same theme of OCD (26:00)

Explaining to a child that a thought is just a thought (28:20)

Advice for those making progress some weeks and not other weeks (36:00)

Relapse prevention strategies (42:10)

Steven’s thoughts on the APA’s decision to move OCD from being an anxiety disorder to its own category (45:40)

What are some ways to deal with false memory OCD? (57:40)

The amazing life question (59:20)

Find out more about the Steven:

Steven’s website –

Steven’s article on choice



To your success,
Stuart and The OCD Stories team

Comments (6)
  1. Wow! Might be my favorite episode yet. On my second listen and started the “Choice” article. Thank you for having him on. This one is priceless. – Mary Samson

  2. I have read the choice article . It is very good. In fact, I’ll continue to reference it as needed.

    For me, the most profound statement in the article was near the ending and came from the story about the man who had suffered since he was 18.

    For over 30 years, this man had been silently suffering with his secret because he hadn’t been aware that it is completely normal for people to have such thoughts.

    My biggest obstacle toward making the thoughts irrelevant is coming to terms that it is completely normal to have such thoughts.

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