In episode 55 of the podcast I interviewed Professor David Veale. David is a consultant psychiatrist in cognitive behavioural therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS trust and the priory hospital North London. He specialises in OCD and BDD among other things. David is a visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is the author of the book “overcoming obsessive compulsive disorder” and is a trustee of the charities OCD Action and the BDD Foundation.  

Professor David Veale

In my conversation with Professor Veale we discussed how to maximise results in therapy, how to get more out of ERP homework, advice on becoming an OCD therapist, Compassion Focused Therapy, and his research in OCD. Enjoy!

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Show notes:

David’s story (2:10)

How well known is OCD in the UK? (4:00)

Advice for becoming an OCD therapist (5:40)

Getting the most out of therapy (9:00)

Getting the most out of ERP homework (10:30)

Compassion Focused Therapy and OCD (13:40)

ERP with cognitive therapy (18:00)

What David would tell someone in an elevator (27:00)

Find out more about David:


The OCD section on the Priory Group website:

David’s profile on the Priory:

Twitter: @DrDavidVeale

“Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” by Dr David Veale and Rob Wilson (


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Comments (2)
  1. Hello, I’m currently struggling with sensorimotor OCD. The symptoms are extremely embarrassing to discuss, but I was hoping to seek help to implement CBT and ERP therapy to my specific type of OCD and was wondering if you could point me in the right direction.

    Thank you so much for your time,


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