ERP Is the Coolest Thing!

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You are going to absolutely LOVE this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit if you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or any other mental health struggle.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Nathalie Maragoni, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, this week and it is very special for a few reasons.  In addition to specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders, Nathalie has managed OCD herself and knows exactly what it is like to experience the torture and terror that accompanies intrusive thoughts, brutal compulsions, and panic attacks.  She has experienced firsthand the value of Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) and said it best herself: “ERP is the coolest thing!”

In this podcast episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit, Nathalie bravely shares her struggle to find the correct therapy for her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and her struggle with different types of obsessions and...

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Addressing Fear Like A Scientist In A Rational, Evidence-Based Way

This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is all about addressing fear like scientists, but not the scary white-haired kind that you’re likely picturing. You don’t need those white coats or a full-fledged scientist degree for the type of experiments we will be discussing!  You see…each time we have a thought, we have an opportunity to be a scientist who runs studies that are experience-based, rational, and evidence-based.

Every day, the human brain produces a LOT of thoughts; up to 70,000 thoughts to be exact!  Being able to identify which thoughts are distorted (or errors) and which are not is a huge part of the work that goes into managing anxiety.  The goal is to respond to these thoughts skillfully and mindfully.  This is not an easy task, as it takes ongoing courage and work, but I bet you know what I’m about to say next.  We can do hard things!

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Patrick McGrath says "Don't Try Harder, Try Different"

This week is filled with some VERY exciting news!  First off, today is the last day to access the NEW and FREE training called “The 10 Things you absolutely need to know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).”  If you’re new to OCD and looking for some guidance, this webinar will be great for you. If you’re already on your road to recovery, it will be a wonderful refresher into the key concepts of treating OCD.  Click HERE for more information if you are interested.

Next, ERP School is HERE and available for purchase for 5 more days!  YAY!! Exposure and Respond Prevention School (ERP SCHOOL) is an online course for people who do not have access to a therapist who practices science-based skills and ERP for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  It is only available for purchase from September 6th, 2018-September 20th, 2018.  I am so incredibly excited to share this with you!

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Would I Benefit from taking an Online Course for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

erp ocd online course Sep 05, 2018

This blog post was created to help you decide if you would benefit from an online course for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

We get lots of people reaching out wanting to know if they would benefit from an online course for OCD instead of receiving face-to-face mental health services from a trained clinical therapist.   If you have questions about online courses vs therapy, this is the blog article for you.  

How do therapy and online courses differ?

Seeing a therapist who knows how to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) can be like having a personal trainer. You’ll benefit from a structured schedule, guided “homework” between sessions, and professional advice, and you may be more motivated to follow through when you feel accountable to another person. They can push you through some discomfort knowing it will make you stronger—it can be difficult to do on your own, especially...

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Tara Brach tells us to trust our capacity to change!

I am so thrilled and honored to share this interview with you.  This week’s episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is one of my all-time favorites because I had the opportunity to interview my absolute idol, Tara Brach.  For those who do not know who Tara Brach is, let me introduce you to an inspirational and all-around amazing human.

As a Clinical Psychologist and meditation teacher, Tara Brach is a leading Western teacher of Buddhist Meditation, spiritual awakening, and emotional healing.  An author as well, she wrote two of my favorite books titled Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.  Additionally, Tara Brach co-founded the Awareness Training Institute (ATI) and the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) alongside Jack Kornfield.

In my own journey, Tara’s podcast (TaraBrach.com) has been—and still is—one of the most important parts of my personal development and growth.  I would walk the neighborhood for hours...

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We Can Manage The Anxiety of Decision Making!

anxiety mindfulness ocd Aug 21, 2018

 

It’s both difficult and courageous to experience and manage anxiety, but I bet you know what I am going to say now.  It’s a beautiful day to do hard things!  We can do hard things.

Anxiety can get in the way of day-to-day life activities and make them more difficult.  The process of making decisions is one of them.  Decision making brings up a lot for us and can be draining.   When making decisions, we might be faced with the anxiety of making a decision that won’t hurt others or anxiety about making the “right” decision.  Additionally, we might experience anxiety that making a certain decision will cause us to miss out on a greater opportunity that may better align with our long-term goals.  All of this constitutes the anxiety of decision making. 

That being said, decision making is the ULTIMATE exposure to uncertainty and tolerating discomfort.  We cannot avoid uncertainty in the process of...

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Suppressing Your Thoughts Does Not Work!

This is something you may have heard many times, but here is a little reminder.  THOUGHT SUPPRESSION NEVER WORKS!  This short statement bears so much weight and is considered one of the golden rules to manage anxiety disorder: specifically, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, and Phobias.

That being said, the reality is that we all attempt to make our anxiety-provoking or “bad” thoughts go away.  We try to push them down so they won’t hurt us anymore and so we don’t have to feel the related shame, irritation, guilt, and annoyance of these thoughts.  If this sounds like you, let me tell you…you are in the right place.

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My Key Takeaways From This Year's IOCDF Conference

Presenting at the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) annual conference is one of the biggest honors that I have as a therapist who treats anxiety disorders. These conferences are amazing because they provide a mix of both treatment presentations and support groups. They bring together a community of people: those who struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), therapists who present evidence-based treatment for OCD, and advocates for mental health research and treatment.  Another reason that I adore these conferences is that, in addition to OCD, they provide presentations and support groups on Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s) such as Excoriation Disorder (Skin Picking), Trichotillomania (Hail Pulling), and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), as well as co-occurring Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders.

At this year’s conference, I ran several support groups and had the privilege of attending some incredible presentations put on by leading...

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Cami Julaine says “You are right where you need to be”

Hello there CBT School family!

I’m so excited for you to listen to this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, which features an incredible guest interview with Cami Julaine as part of our “We can do hard things” series.  A blogger, singer, actor, and just all-around wonderful person, Cami Juliane is devoted to mental health advocacy and shares her own journey with us in this week’s episode.  Cami is so open and genuine, which I absolutely love about her, and sheds light on her battle and recovery with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, an Eating Disorder, Panic Attacks, and Trauma. 

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Managing Anxiety Disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias, Social...

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You Can Be Anxious AND Have Courage!

Hello there CBT School family!

Welcome to another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast focusing on COURAGE.  Where is it found?  How do we become courageous amidst everything life throws at us?  Once have found courage, how do we keep it?

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Consider what it’s like to be courageous or brave in today’s day and age.  It comes with huge expectations.  If men don’t put on their “brave face” ALL of the time, they run the risk of appearing less “masculine.”  Women (and men, too, many times) are expected to look pretty and smile while multi-tasking many challenging things at one.  This creates a lot of pressure for society!

To add to this even further, what I call...

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