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. 

Don’t miss the most recent podcast episode to learn more! 

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

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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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Your Metaphorical Toolkit Helps You Lead With Values!

anxiety mindfulness ocd Jul 19, 2018

Hello there CBT School Family!

I am excited to share another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast with you, in which I focus on your metaphorical toolkit – the box or belt in which you hold tools and ideas to help you live your best life.  Each week, I try my hardest to bring you at least one new tool for you to add to your toolkit, in hope that these skills will help you better manage anxiety, panic, and other difficult thoughts, feelings, and sensations. 

Don’t miss the most recent podcast episode! 

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

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I love to picture myself slowing handing you one tool after another that you grab onto and carefully pack into your toolkit or tool belt, so that you feel prepared to tackle each day, with or without anxiety.

What I really want you to take from this podcast, the...

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Anxiety Makes Me Tired! How To Manage Anxiety & Exhaustion

anxiety mindfulness Jul 11, 2018

Anxiety Makes Me Tired! How To Manage Anxiety & Exhaustion

One of the most common struggles I hear from my clients and the members of the CBT School Campus is how EXHAUSTING anxiety and depression can be.   Does Anxiety Make You Tired and Exhausted? 

If you are barraged daily by exhaustion resulting from Anxiety (or any other mental health issue), you are NOT ALONE!  Experiencing Anxiety is a full-time job.  No one can argue with that.    Anxiety can drain us of our physical energy, our emotional energy and can cause us to have nothing left to give at the end of the day. It can make us too tired to be social and make us want to sleep the day away.   Anxiety-Related Exhaustion can make us feel alone and like there is no hope for us.

If this is you, this is the episode for you. Because you know what?!  There IS hope for US!

In this podcast, we talk about some mindfulness tools to manage anxiety-related exhaustion.  We talk...

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Interview with Sharon Selby, Author of Surfing The Worry Imp's Wave

Hello there CBT School Community,

I am so excited to share with you some wonderful tools and skills shared in Sharon Selby's amazing children’s book, Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave.  

Before you click away form this blog post thinking, “This doesn’t apply to me.  This is about kids stuff!”, wait up! 

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After reading Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave, I have loved using these techniques with some of my adult clients and they LOVE them too.   This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast brings some helpful tools and tricks that can be used at any age to manage anxiety, panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and perfectionism.

Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave is a...

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Advocacy and OCD: Interview with Ethan Smith

guest interview ocd Jun 15, 2018

When people talk about mental health advocacy, we often think of someone standing up on a stage, discussing statistics and spreading awareness and information about specific disorders.  What we don't think about is deeply compassionate and inspiring stories and discussions that move us towards understanding and belonging. Well, today I bring you Ethan Smith, who beautifully ties all of this together in a fun and hilarious way (that takes talent, my friends!) 

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Ethan Smith was the 2014 Annual International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (IOCDF.org) Conference keynote speaker and is the International OCD Foundation National Ambassador.  Ethan is also a writer, director, producer and rockstar OCD Advocate.

During this interview, Ethan talks about his struggles to find correct therapy for...

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