Chris Trondsen talks about Rebuilding Life After OCD

What does life look like after treatment for OCD?  If you have ever asked yourself this question, this podcast episode is for you!

Many of my clients and members of the CBT School community have asked for more episodes about the emotional side of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s), and Anxiety.  In this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, we talk all about the common emotions involved in the recovery process and what life is like after struggling mental illness.

Christopher Trondsen, an OCD advocate and sufferer, joins us to talk about Rebuilding Life After OCD.  In this episode, Chris discusses how confused he was as a child and how he was called a “difficult child.”  He also talks about being wrongly diagnosed with other mental illnesses, which led to him isolating himself and then surviving a suicide attempt. Chris Tronsden delves into the emotions he felt after the suicide...

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Returning to Three Mindfulness Basics for Anxiety and Depression

Do you ever feel like it is time to return to the basics?  There are so many “tools” and strategies to practice that help you manage your emotions, obsessions, compulsions, and anxiety, which can feel overwhelming at times. You might feel like you need to simplify your mental health practices so that you only have a few things to focus on. If you have been feeling like this, you are not alone. 

Very recently, I realized that it was time for me to return back to some mindfulness basics and review the tools that were so helpful to me a while ago.  That is what this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is all about: 3 mindfulness basics for depression and anxiety that are very important to return to over and over again.  In my opinion, they are the most basic and important three and are so helpful when you are dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and life events.

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Dr. Jed Siev talks Religious (scrupulosity) and Moral Obsessions

In this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, I was honored to talk with Dr. Jed Siev about Religious and Moral Obsessions. Dr. Jed Siev specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Swarthmore College.  He specializes in religious and moral obsessions in particular, which are extremely common among those suffering from OCD.  I’m so excited to share this episode with you!

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Via my Instagram (@kimberleyquinlan), I was able to take some questions from followers for this episode that I asked Dr. Jed Siev.  He brought skill, compassion, and research into the conversation in such a beautiful way.

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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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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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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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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?” 

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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.

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