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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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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Addressing Fear Like A Scientist In A Rational, Evidence-Based Way

This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is all about addressing fear like scientists, but not the scary white-haired kind that you’re likely picturing. You don’t need those white coats or a full-fledged scientist degree for the type of experiments we will be discussing!  You see…each time we have a thought, we have an opportunity to be a scientist who runs studies that are experience-based, rational, and evidence-based.

Every day, the human brain produces a LOT of thoughts; up to 70,000 thoughts to be exact!  Being able to identify which thoughts are distorted (or errors) and which are not is a huge part of the work that goes into managing anxiety.  The goal is to respond to these thoughts skillfully and mindfully.  This is not an easy task, as it takes ongoing courage and work, but I bet you know what I’m about to say next.  We can do hard things!

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Would I Benefit from taking an Online Course for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

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This blog post was created to help you decide if you would benefit from an online course for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

We get lots of people reaching out wanting to know if they would benefit from an online course for OCD instead of receiving face-to-face mental health services from a trained clinical therapist.   If you have questions about online courses vs therapy, this is the blog article for you.  

How do therapy and online courses differ?

Seeing a therapist who knows how to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) can be like having a personal trainer. You’ll benefit from a structured schedule, guided “homework” between sessions, and professional advice, and you may be more motivated to follow through when you feel accountable to another person. They can push you through some discomfort knowing it will make you stronger—it can be difficult to do on your own, especially...

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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. 

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Managing Anxiety Disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias, Social...

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