FIVE Roadblocks To Anxiety Recovery (w/ Sheva Rajaee)

Do you sometimes wonder what the secret sauce of Anxiety Recovery is? 

Well, today, we have an INCREDIBLE interview with Sheva Rajaee discussing her FIVE ROADBLOCKS TO ANXIETY RECOVERY!

Sheva Rajaee is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a lovely friend of mine.  I was lucky enough to get to work alongside her at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, where we were both trained.

Sheva is an OCD Advocate rockstar and was a speaker at last years UCLA TEDx Talk event, presenting the talk titled, “Addicted to the answer – anxiety in the age of information”.

In this interview, Sheva comes very well prepared (as she always is) and she details what she calls the FIVE ROADBLOCKS TO ANXIETY RECOVERY, including tools to help manage Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB's).

Don’t miss the most recent podcast episode! 

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

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Why Am I So Angry? A Discussion On How Anxiety Can Lead To Anger.

mindfulness ocd Apr 13, 2018


Do you feel ever notice that your overwhelming fear turns into overwhelming anger?  Yes?  Well, you are not alone.   Anger is a very common bi-product of anxiety.

In this week's podcast episode,  I share about the amazing experience of listening to Clint Malarchuk (and his wife Joanie), who was a National Hockey League player and was the keynote speaker at the most recent Southern California IOCDF Conference.  

Don’t miss the most recent podcast episode! 

Your Anxiety Toolkit Episode #44: Anxiety + Anxiety + Anxiety = Anger 

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE on Stitcher HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE streaming HERE

Clint and his wife told their beautiful story about Clint's struggles with OCD, Trauma depression, and suicide.   Clint shared all about his journey of managing obsessions and compulsions while...

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New Podcast Episode: You Are Not Alone (and some EXCITING NEWS!)

mindfulness social media Apr 06, 2018


Hello Everyone! 

I have a couple of exciting pieces of news to share with you.   

There is a new Podcast Episode Available!

Ep.43 of Your Anxiety Toolkit:  You are not Alone 

Don’t miss the most recent podcast episode! 

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE on Stitcher HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE streaming HERE

Just a couple of weeks ago, I attended and was honored to present at the Southern California OCD Conference ran by   It was such an incredible event and I left with my heart feeling full and mind inspired.  

The thing I love the most about these conferences is that the energy of the attendees.  It is so infectious.   At the beginning of the day, the room is filled with bustling anticipation and hope.  

After listening to the keynote speakers (more about this in next weeks podcast...

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Jon Hershfield Dispels Some Myths About Managing Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Can I just say, I am so excited to share this weeks episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit?   

In this weeks episode, I got to spend some time with my good friend, Jon Hershfield and he drops some REAL wisdom about some of the myths about managing Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and life in general.  He is a genius at breaking things down and making it fun along the way.

To prepare for this episode, I reached out to some trusted and respected Mental Health Professionals for input.    I asked if they could share some of the unskilled advice that some of their clients have received from their previous therapists or medical professionals.

Hop on over to the podcast to listen! 

You can listen to the episode on iTunes HERE

You can listen to the episode on Stitcher HERE

You can listen to the episode streaming HERE

During our podcast interview (which will also be on YouTube very soon), Jon addressed how some advice for...

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Two Powerful Words That Can Help You Manage Thoughts, Feelings & Sensations.

mindfulness podcast Mar 23, 2018

Thoughts.   They are often very wrong!   If we observe our thoughts, we will begin to notice how incorrect they are.

Feelings.   They too can lead us down a path of reaction and regret.  

Sensations.   These can be hard to manage, mostly because they are very uncomfortable and can make us feel out of control.  

In this week's podcast, I want to introduce you to TWO words that could change your experience of thoughts, feelings, and sensations, if you put them into practice enough.

Hop on over to the podcast to listen! 

You can listen to the episode on iTunes HERE

You can listen to the episode on Stitcher HERE

You can listen to Episode 41 streaming HERE

Before I share the TWO WORDS with you, I want to encourage you to first get used to observing what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing. 

 It could be emotions such as sadness, anger, fear, frustration, irritability etc.

 It could be...

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My 5 Favorite Tips to Manage Panic Attacks and Severe Anxiety

Uncategorized Mar 16, 2018

Welcome back CBTSCHOOL.COM family! 

First of all, I hope you enjoyed last weeks podcast about managing Perfectionism and Fear.  I ADORED all the feedback about how this was a major shift for some of you.   If you didn't hear it, Check it out HERE

Secondly, I also want to make sure you know about MAGIC MONDAY!

Magic Monday is an event I host on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 12 pm PST.  We meet on Facebook LIVE and I answer any questions YOU have about Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors and Eating Disorders.  The event is free and you are welcome to meet with me live or for the replay.  Come and join us!  


You can listen to the episode on iTunes HERE

You can listen to the episode on Stitcher HERE

You can listen to the episode streaming HERE

In today's podcast, I will share with you My 5...

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A Funny Way To Approach Fear, Anxiety and Perfectionism (New Podcast Episode)

your anxiety toolkit Mar 09, 2018

Hey there Folks! I am so pleased to join you again on this beautiful day. 

This week's episode of YOUR ANXIETY TOOLKIT is just for you if you struggle with the fear that things need to be perfect, or that bad thing will happen if you don't do them in the "right way".  Does that describe you, at all? 

I am constantly talking with my clients about radical self-acceptance.  Radical Self Acceptance is Accepting yourself as you are and just being you.  But, often clients will look at me with a blank face and ask, "but how?"

In this episode, I share with you my ALL TIME favorite tool to manage perfectionism and vulnerability avoidance.  It is in no way evidence-based or a clinical tool, but it is mine and I LOVE IT!  

You can listen to the episode on iTunes HERE

You can listen to the episode on Stitcher HERE

You can listen to the episode streaming HERE

The Tool is called, Whack it Together!!!!!! (Yes, I purposely put all of those...

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We Are The Lucky Ones! Interview with Stuart Ralph


Ep. 38: We are the Lucky Ones (Important Lessons Learned by Stuart Ralph) 

You can listen on iTunes HERE

You can listen on Stitcher HERE

You can listen streaming HERE

You guys, you are so appreciated by me! 

I can't wait to tell you about the most recent Podcast episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit!  

When it comes to interviewing people for Your Anxiety Toolkit podcast, I ADORE bringing on people I admire, who think outside the box and who are are leaders in our field of Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB'S),  Stuart Ralph definitely checks off ALL these criteria.  

Stuart Ralph is the host of The OCD Stories Podcast.  Check it out HERE.  It is such an amazing resource! 

In this podcast episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit, I asked Stuart to share with us some of what he has learned interviewing some of the most influential and inspiring psychotherapists and...

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Giving Yourself Permission To......

mindfulness Feb 23, 2018

So, recently I was speaking with a client about his severe anxiety and he attributed his anxiety to all the pressures in his life.  I asked, where is the pressure coming from? Is it Societal Expectations?  Is it from teachers? Bosses? Parents? Loved ones?

I am wondering if you immediately wondered if it was from him? You guessed right!  We often are the ones who put the most pressure on ourselves.   When we do this, it leads to increased anxiety and increased stress.  

The answer is in FIVE simple words.   


Before we move on, let's first address one thing.   Even if the pressure is coming from an external source (boss, school, parents etc), we need to learn the skill of giving ourselves permission to drop the pressure.  Drop the expectations  Undo all the rules we place on ourselves to be “perfect”, pure, always good, always kind, always enough.  Always at peak...

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Welcome to's BLOG

Uncategorized Nov 07, 2017


We are so thrilled to finally be here with you.  

Believe it or not, was an idea that came from moments of deep frustration.  Each year, at conferences and via email and social media, I hear from hundreds of people with a similar story.   They had spent years suffering from OCD, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, anxiety, depression, and shame, and had behaviors that they couldn't make sense of. 

Statistics show that for someone with OCD, it can take up to 7 years to be correctly diagnosed and can take 14-17 years to find the correct treatment. 

HOW IS THIS STILL POSSIBLE?  Here are the problems. 

  • Many Medical and Psychological professional’s don’t know how to correctly identify the disorder. 
  • Many don’t know the correct treatment. 
  • Most family members don’t know exactly what  to do or say.
  • Those who are experiencing these disorders,  don’t even know how to...
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