Shawnté Johnson Talks About Life After OCD

I’m so thrilled to talk about life after Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast.  You will LOVE this interview if you want to really visualize what recovery looks like.

What does it look like on the other side of recovery?  I frequently get asked questions by my clients and social media followers about recovery for OCD and anxiety.  They ask what “recovery” means, what it looks like, and how they can get there.  Understanding recovery is an incredibly important part of taking those first steps towards fear. 

In this episode, Shawnté Johnson—a wonderful OCD advocate and blogger—joins us to talk so beautifully about her recovery journey from OCD and anxiety.  She not only shares about her life after recovery, but talks about life before and during treatment.  What I love about Shawnté is that she not only talks the talk about recovery, but walks the walk...

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Catherine DeMonte, LMFT, Talks About Leading with Love vs. Fear

I am so thrilled to share this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast with you, as we have someone who is very special to me: Catherine DeMonte, LMFT.

Catherine DeMonte, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, runs a group called an Abundance Group that I was so honored to join over a year ago.  Catherine inspired me deeply and provided me with some of the tools that I needed to motivate me to create CBTschool.com.  You heard me correctly!  Catherine was one of the people who joined me on this journey of creating and launching CBTSchool.  She was by my side as I cultivated the seed that has led me on this incredible mission with you all.  I am forever grateful for this!

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One of the most important lesson that I learned in Catherine DeMonte’s abundant...

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Michelle Massi, LMFT, Talks All Things Social Anxiety

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We are thrilled to share with you an episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast that focuses entirely on managing Social Anxiety.  There have been so many requests and suggestions about this.  I’m also very excited to share with you the wonderful Michelle Massi (formally Michelle Otelsberg).

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As a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Michelle Massi specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety.  Michelle has a private practice in Westwood and Encino (both in Los Angeles), and works at the UCLA Adult OCD Intensive Outpatient Program.  Michelle does individual therapy, as well as group therapy, and has much experience treating OCD, Panic Disorder, TICS, Social Anxiety, Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior’s...

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The Flow (Yin and Yang) of Recovery

This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast is all about Recovery!  I know, I know.  This topic can be controversial, especially when discussing recovery for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB's).

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There are often big differences of opinion regarding what is considered “recovery” and achieving it depends largely on how you define recovery.

We talk all about recovery, and specifically what I like to call “The FLOW of Recovery," in this podcast episode.  It is immensely helpful for you to find your own Flow of Recovery, no matter how you define recovery, as this will help with the speed and ease of your recovery.  For those with OCD and Anxiety, I have seen the FLOW...

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Exposure and Response Prevention - The Science Behind It

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Welcome back!  In the week’s episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, we are addressing the science of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).  It seems counter-intuitive to expose ourselves to what makes us MORE anxious and MOST uncertain, and I know that many of you are wondering why we would do this.  We’re going to discuss the many reasons WHY today as we dive right into the science of Exposure and Response Prevention.

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Let me break this down simply for you.  We have been trained for many years to instinctually run from fear. When we are faced with serious, threatening events, we go into fight, flight, and freeze.  In truly dangerous emergency situations, we are very lucky to respond in this way because it keeps us safe.  Fight,...

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All Things Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff

I am BEYOND excited that we have Kristin Neff as our guest in this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast!  If you beat yourself up, are hard on yourself, or need help with self-compassion, THIS IS THE PODCAST EPISODE FOR YOU!

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Kristin Neff is a renowned and ground-breaking self-compassion researcher and the author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, which is one of my favorite workbooks ever.  She’s a developed an 8-week online program that teaches self-compassion, and she is such a wise and informative teacher.  Kristin co-created the program with her colleague Chris Germer, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, which is called Mindful Self-Compassion.  

As Kristin Neff talks about in this episode, self-compassion is treating yourself with the...

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Falling Into the Anxiety Trap - Common Mistakes We Make

This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit got me all fired up!  We are addressing the 5 Common Mistakes We Make Managing Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s) and all other mental health struggles.  My goal for this episode is to help you figure out the ways in which you may be falling into the anxiety trap, and then identify ways for you to more effectively manage the anxiety.  We discuss the concept of Mindfulness, Mindset, and other tools you can put to use just about anywhere.  I absolutely loved sharing these concepts with you!

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I specialize in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders—such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Eating Disorders, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, ...

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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). 

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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...
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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.

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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. 

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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...

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