Jon Hershfield Addresses Harm OCD

In this week’s episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, we brought back a special guest who is favorite among the CBT School community: Jon Hershfield, LMFT.

This podcast episode is all about the management of specific obsessions related to physical harm and violence, which—in OCD terms—we call Harm Obsessions or Harm OCD (if you meet the requirements for a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD). 

Jon answers some very important questions for you, including:

  • Does everyone have Harm Obsessions, thoughts, impulses or images? 
    • The answer is yes! As Jon says, we have all naturally occurring violent thoughts. Violence is a thing that exists and we have all kinds of thoughts about things that exist.  People without OCD experience these thoughts too.
  • Why do these Harm Obsessions bother some people and not others?
    • From the research and Jon’s work with clients, he relates this to patterns with which we evaluate our...
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Dr. David Burns Teaches Us The Art of Feeling Good

Welcome back to Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, brought to you by CBTSchool.com!  To anyone who is new, welcome! CBTSchool.com is an online resource for people experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles.  CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is comprised of Cognitive Therapy and Behavioral Therapy.

In this podcast episode, we have one of the masters in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  I am thrilled to share with you Dr. David Burns, who has been legendary to me for years. Dr. Burns is the author of the book Feeling Good, which I find to be one of the most helpful books for the management of unhelpful and faulty thoughts.  It offers cognitive and behavioral tools and addresses how to challenge depression in a non-conventional way.

Dr. David Burns, who created and copyright The Burns Depression Checklist (a rating scale for depression that I frequently use in my office), is an adjunct professor in the...

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The Practice of Self-Respect and Self-Compassion

Hello there CBT School Family!  Welcome back to another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, which I am very excited to share with you. 

I think you know by now that I firmly believe in, am a huge fan of, and advocate heavily for the practice of self-compassion.  There are many benefits of practicing self-compassion that I enjoy sharing with you, as well as useful ways to do so.  Self-compassion can really help us with depression, anxiety, our self-esteem, our recovery, etc.  It’s so important!

However, when listening to you over the past couple of months, I have heard hopelessness in some of your voices when you talk about your struggles with self-compassion. It may feel very triggering and too hard for you.  Perhaps you feel like you aren’t deserving of being kind to yourself, which is a common theme of those dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, and Anxiety.  Maybe you are scared that...

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A Challenge: One Day of Non-Judgment

Welcome back!  In this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, we are talking about an interesting challenge called the Non-Judgment Challenge Date Day.

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Someone recently dared me to take a whole day to be with myself, listen to my body and feelings, and sit in peace.  This sounded wonderful to me and, while I never do this, I decided to send my husband and kids away for one day so that I could complete this challenge.

What could have been a nice day was immediately plagued by self-judgment.  It quickly arose and kept taking me out of simply being with myself for the day. 

“I should be doing this instead” 

“You are being lazy” 

“Why did you choose that activity?” 

“You have to do it this way...

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Let's Talk About The Best FREE Mindful Tool

I often get asked by clients and the CBT SCHOOL community for tips and tools to manage anxiety.  Luckily, there are a lot of scientifically proven treatment modalities and tools to help people suffering from and managing depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and other mental health struggles.  However, there is one tool that we can use any time that we would like to.  And guess what?  IT’S FREE! It’s the best free mindful tool! 

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Before we get into this, I want to take a moment to look at things abstractly.  Hear me out with this, as I promise it will make sense once I explain this.

Let’s say that I would like to be a wonderful mom.  I want my daughter to think that I am the freaking best mom there ever...

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A Guide To Letting Go Of The Past

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I received a question directly from the online Facebook group CBT SCHOOL Campus that I will respond to in this week’s episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast.  The question is about letting go of the past, and how to actually do it in particular. 

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CBT SCHOOL Campus is an online group of incredible people who support each other while they do hard things!  The group is made up of people who are struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other mental health issues.  Every member is nice, caring, and supportive.  If you are not familiar with CBT SCHOOL campus, you can check it out HERE.

The question posed, that will be answered in this podcast, is one that the CBT SCHOOL Campus online group...

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What Is It Like To Grieve The Losses Of Mental Illness?

I absolutely love this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, in which we have Peer Support Counselor (for mental health) Chrissie Hodges! This episode is one of my favorites because it truly validates the pain that you are going through.

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In this episode, Chrissie addresses the importance of Peer Support and how she has used her own journey and lived experience with mental health to help guide those who are also managing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety, Depression, and other mental illnesses or struggles.

Chrissie also sheds light on life AFTER treatment, which is something that I have been wanting to address for a long time now.  It’s a topic that I frequently get asked about.  How do I move past how painful and difficult that experience was?...

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A Holiday Pep Talk: Tips to Thrive and Survive The Holidays

Happy Holidays Everyone!

During this time of year, it’s common for us to experience both very high and very difficult emotions. We can experience joy, excitement, and happiness, but can also experience difficult emotions such as hopelessness, depression, fear, panic, grief, and loneliness during the holiday season.  If you are anything like me, you are feeling slightly overwhelmed and stressed because of all that you have to do.  The holidays stir up many emotions and, given that it is such a universal experience for us during this time, we thought it would be a great time to bring on Alison Seponara.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and talks about How to Thrive and Survive the Holidays.  If you’re also managing a mental illness or other psychological stressors, this episode will be especially important for you. Depression and anxiety may be heightened during the holiday seasons and we wanted to provide...

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Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)...yes, it's REAL!

I have received quite a few requests asking me to talk about changing seasons, which is what this podcast episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is all about!  Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we have moved from Summer to Autumn to Winter.  It’s not just here though!  I’m sure that the change of seasons is happening all around the world right now. In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are changing from Winter to Spring to Summer (I got you, Australia!).

The seasons most certainly impact our mental health and, in this week’s podcast, I talk about a few important things to consider when managing depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mental health issues. Before we get into this, let’s look at how the change of seasons and temperature impacts us medically.

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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!”

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