Paul Gilbert Talks All Things Self-Compassion

If you have been wanting to start a self-compassion practice, this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast will blow your mind!  We address everything that you need to know about self-compassion.  When I say we, I am referring to myself and Paul Gilbert. You heard that right!  Professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Gilbert joins us today. I consider Paul Gilbert to be a Shame and Self-Compassion “Guru.”

Shame is something that we all experience and is very difficult when it comes to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Specific Phobias, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s) such as Dermatillomania (compulsive skin picking) and Trichotillomania (hair pulling).  Paul talks about how to apply self-compassion in our everyday living and shares profound insight and understanding of the human brain.  We have talked about...

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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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All Things Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff

I am BEYOND excited that we have Kristin Neff as our guest in this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast!  If you beat yourself up, are hard on yourself, or need help with self-compassion, THIS IS THE PODCAST EPISODE FOR YOU!

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Kristin Neff is a renowned and ground-breaking self-compassion researcher and the author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, which is one of my favorite workbooks ever.  She’s a developed an 8-week online program that teaches self-compassion, and she is such a wise and informative teacher.  Kristin co-created the program with her colleague Chris Germer, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, which is called Mindful Self-Compassion.  

As Kristin Neff talks about in this episode, self-compassion is treating yourself with the...

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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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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?” 

“You have to do it this way...

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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 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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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!

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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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We Can Manage The Anxiety of Decision Making!

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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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