Archive | Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

I recently finished reading the book “The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD” by Jon Hershfield, MFT and Tom Corboy, MFT and I have to say I was quite impressed and have already started using many of their ideas with my current OCD clients (as well as clients with other kinds of anxiety disorders besides OCD!).  Both […]

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Why Do We Have Obsessive Bad Thoughts?

            Many of my clients with harm obsessive-compulsive disorder (HOCD) or pedophilia obsessive-compulsive disorder (POCB) have asked me “Why do I have all of these terrible thoughts? And why are these thoughts always about something awful happening to my loved ones?” Virtually all of my clients with these types of OCD interpret having these thoughts […]

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Acceptance in HOCD and POCD

One of the more terrifying and slippery versions of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) involves experiencing thoughts of harming a loved one or having sex with an inappropriate partner. Typically, people think of OCD as involving fear of germs and doing repeated checking, but in my experience many people with OCD also struggle with these kinds of […]

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Winning by Surrendering

Anxiety treatment is full of paradoxes. One of these paradoxes comes up when treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The paradox is that with OCD you win by surrendering. This doesn’t mean that you stop trying to fight and manage your OCD, it means that you stop trying to make things perfect, stop trying to figure things […]

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Surrender and Acceptance

It may seem odd to use words like “surrender” and “acceptance “ when referring to how to manage an anxiety disorder, but I’ve come to appreciate just how valuable thee concepts are when trying to cope with anxiety. We get so caught up in trying to eliminate anxiety because we believe that the source of […]

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Help for OCDers Online

Having recently worked with several creative and dynamic people living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), I was lucky enough to glean some ideas from them about how utilizing online resources has helped them to ease the mental and emotional burdens of OCD. Here are some of the key ideas and recommendations that they offered. People […]

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The Magic Radio

I often find that metaphors are a very rich way to capture concepts that are difficult to convey by simply describing them. Over the years I have been treating anxiety disorders I have borrowed, adapted and occasionally even developed on my own a number of metaphors that my clients have said were useful. I thought […]

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