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). 

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 these thoughts too.
  • Why do these Harm Obsessions bother some people and not others?
    • From the research and Jon’s work with clients, he relates this to patterns with which we evaluate our...
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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.

Dr. David Burns, who created and copyright The Burns Depression Checklist (a rating scale for depression that I frequently use in my office), is an adjunct professor in the...

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What Is It Like To Grieve The Losses Of Mental Illness?

I absolutely love this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, in which we have Peer Support Counselor (for mental health) Chrissie Hodges! This episode is one of my favorites because it truly validates the pain that you are going through.

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In this episode, Chrissie addresses the importance of Peer Support and how she has used her own journey and lived experience with mental health to help guide those who are also managing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety, Depression, and other mental illnesses or struggles.

Chrissie also sheds light on life AFTER treatment, which is something that I have been wanting to address for a long time now.  It’s a topic that I frequently get asked about.  How do I move past how painful and difficult that experience was?...

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A Holiday Pep Talk: Tips to Thrive and Survive The Holidays

Happy Holidays Everyone!

During this time of year, it’s common for us to experience both very high and very difficult emotions. We can experience joy, excitement, and happiness, but can also experience difficult emotions such as hopelessness, depression, fear, panic, grief, and loneliness during the holiday season.  If you are anything like me, you are feeling slightly overwhelmed and stressed because of all that you have to do.  The holidays stir up many emotions and, given that it is such a universal experience for us during this time, we thought it would be a great time to bring on Alison Seponara.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and talks about How to Thrive and Survive the Holidays.  If you’re also managing a mental illness or other psychological stressors, this episode will be especially important for you. Depression and anxiety may be heightened during the holiday seasons and we wanted to provide...

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ERP Is the Coolest Thing!

erp guest interview ocd Nov 03, 2018

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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Patrick McGrath says "Don't Try Harder, Try Different"

This week is filled with some VERY exciting news!  First off, today is the last day to access the NEW and FREE training called “The 10 Things you absolutely need to know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).”  If you’re new to OCD and looking for some guidance, this webinar will be great for you. If you’re already on your road to recovery, it will be a wonderful refresher into the key concepts of treating OCD.  Click HERE for more information if you are interested.

Next, ERP School is HERE and available for purchase for 5 more days!  YAY!! Exposure and Respond Prevention School (ERP SCHOOL) is an online course for people who do not have access to a therapist who practices science-based skills and ERP for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  It is only available for purchase from September 6th, 2018-September 20th, 2018.  I am so incredibly excited to share this with you!

Now onto this podcast episode of Your...

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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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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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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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