Episodes
In this episode, I talked with Brooke Miller, a mental health/OCD advocate, registered nurse, wife, and mom who opens up about her struggles with OCD, eating disorders, panic disorder, and bipolar disorder.  We discussed...  - her experience with these comorbidities and how they presented and affected her  - why she thinks OCD was at the center and root of other diagnoses - what recovery looks like for her and how she learned to sit with discomfort and uncertainty You can learn...
Published 11/11/22
In this episode, I talked with Maddy Furgiuele, a mental health/OCD advocate and student who struggled with OCD and anxiety since elementary school. We discussed... - her experience with scrupulosity, religious OCD, and moral OCD - examples of how she struggled including her compulsions and obsessions - how her OCD got better in one area then worse in another, and why this happens/what to do about it You can learn more about Madison and follow her on Instagram/TikTok at...
Published 11/04/22
Published 11/04/22
In this episode, I talked with Shaun Flores, OCD advocate, model, actor, and 2x Tedx Speaker to discuss his story as a black man with OCD.  We talked about... - the shame in some communities regarding mental health difficulties - breaking the stigma associated with OCD - his experiences with intrusive thoughts, before and after finding a therapist who helped him You can learn more about Shaun and his work here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshaunflores/  Portfolio:...
Published 10/26/22
In this episode, I talk with Dr. Margaret Rutherford, a psychologist, author, and host of The SelfWork Podcast. In this episode, we discuss.. - how perfectionism and perfectionistic tendencies can mask depression - why being vulnerable makes us feel unsafe  - difficulty allowing yourself to express or feel anger, loss, grief, and other uncomfortable emotions  - understanding perfectionism, destructive belief processes, and connecting with suppressed emotions You can learn more about Dr....
Published 10/22/22
In this episode, I talk with Shannon Jackson (IG: @ahealthypush), an anxiety coach, wife, mom, and podcaster - roles she never thought she'd play due to her debilitating anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia.  In this episode, we discuss.. - her story of growing up with debilitating anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, and other difficulties that made everyday activities unbearable - examples of intense struggle including being unable to drive, difficulty going to work, and always needing to have her...
Published 10/11/22
In this episode, I talk with Kim Vincenty, a mom, wife, advocate, speaker, and support group facilitator who has spent the past 10 years fostering community and helping families find the best resources for mental health education, intervention, and recovery.  In this episode, we discuss.. - her story of learning that her child had OCD and her experience in getting him the right treatment - what she had to learn in order to support her child with OCD while not accommodating his symptoms -...
Published 10/03/22
In this episode, I talk with Madina Alam, aka @mentalhealth_madina_ on Instagram and Clinical Director at NOCD (plus one of my dearest friends!). We discuss.. - How perfectionism can impact your day to day functioning and decision making - How and why OCD wants to keep you stuck in indecision - Signs that you're down the rabbit hole of indecision - How to problem solve instead of ruminate your way out of a problem This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a...
Published 09/19/22
In this episode, I meet with Rachel Ehrenberg, aka @rachelsocdgrotto on Instagram and an OCD advocate, to discuss health anxiety and OCD.  We discuss.. - What is health anxiety/OCD? - Rachel's personal story including common obsessions and compulsions - Common misconceptions regarding health anxiety/OCD - Treatment options for health anxiety/OCD This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental...
Published 08/25/22
In this episode, I meet with Kristina Orlova, aka @ocdwhisperer on Instagram, host of The OCD Whisperer podcast, and OCD and anxiety specialist at KOR Results.  In this episode, we discuss... - Kristina's take on compulsive rumination and how to reduce and resist this as a mental compulsion  - Kristina's understanding of Inference Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT) - A sneak peek into her new book "Your Guide to Compulsive Rumination: How to Stop Ruminating", which also includes a 30...
Published 08/04/22
In this episode, I meet with Kelli Walker, a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and host of "Not Another Anxiety Show".  As someone who struggled with health OCD in the past, Kelli and I discussed... - the difficulties of OCD and how her symptoms had her bedridden - her experience in treatment and with ongoing recovery - her obsessions and compulsions with health OCD and anxiety, including mental compulsions and excessive Googling - encouragement and advice to help others take the leap...
Published 07/28/22
In this episode, I meet with Jak Levine-Pritzker AKA @authenticallyadhd, an ADHD and mental health advocate who aims to break stereotypes associated with ADHD while providing community and coaching.  In this episode, we talk about... - the overlap of ADHD, anxiety, and OCD - how ADHD comes up in her every day life - how she can tell when something is driven by her ADHD vs. her OCD/anxiety - what "recovery" looks like when you have OCD, anxiety, and ADHD This podcast should not be...
Published 07/18/22
In this episode, I meet with Jenn Holmes, a mom who struggled with anxiety that turned into intrusive, unwanted thoughts once she had her baby.  In this episode, we discuss... - her experience with anxiety in general - how her intrusive thoughts started during the first few days of being a mom - her difficulty finding the right support and mental health treatment  - the importance of learning about postpartum OCD as a new mom and parent This podcast should not be substituted, nor is...
Published 07/06/22
In this episode, I meet with Abby Green, a UWCPC Certified Personal and Business Coach and co-owner of the Herself Podcast and Pursuing Her Purpose, to discuss.. - what is rumination and why we feel so pulled to do it - common barriers to resisting rumination - what to do *instead of* ruminating and how to resist rumination - 3 steps/concrete takeaways regarding resisting rumination - tons of awesome examples and analogies to help you make sense of this tricky, TRICKY mental...
Published 06/02/22
In this episode, I meet with Collin Strajack, otherwise known as Modern Day Overthinker.  We talk about... - examples of intrusive thoughts including those that are harm and sexual in nature - how the anxiety/ocd cycle applies directly to these examples and how it can snowball out of control over time - how OCD/anxiety can morph into different themes/content - how comorbidities like substance use and depression have complicated his recovery/where he's at now - the importance of wanting...
Published 05/11/22
In this episode, I meet with Dr. Jennifer Reid, otherwise known as The Reflective Doc - a psychiatrist, podcast host, and writer.  We talk about... - the basics of sleep including its importance and function - especially for those with OCD/anxiety - common difficulties that people with OCD/anxiety experience as it relates to sleep - the basics of CBT-I, an evidence based treatment for insomnia - practical tips and suggestions to getting better sleep in a way that will benefit...
Published 04/01/22
In this episode, I meet with Emily and Lindsay from Presently, an OCD and anxiety advocacy company that reminds us to embrace all of ourselves - the good, the bad, and the in-between.  We talk about... - their experience as sisters living with 2 different types of OCD - lessons learned from CBT/ERP that can benefit anyone - toxic positivity and the impact it has on our culture  - taboo subtypes of OCD that most people don't know about To see more from Presently, go to...
Published 03/19/22
In this episode, I talk with Mallory, an anorexia and trauma survivor, OCD warrior, military spouse, and one and done mother.  We talk about .. - her eating disorder and OCD difficulties and recovery - her pregnancy made difficult by physical conditions, anorexia recovery, surviving a terrorist attack, COVID, and more  - how new moms are often overlooked by the health care system and "no longer a priority" - post-weaning anxiety, chronic insomnia, sleep deprivation, and OCD relapse -...
Published 02/18/22
In this episode, I talk with Ben Eckstein, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in treating OCD and related conditions at his private practice, Bull City Anxiety, in North Carolina.  We talk about .. - how postpartum OCD can affect dads and paternal figures, as well as other caregivers - not just moms and maternal figures - common symptom presentations for paternal figures who have OCD around their baby, child, and/or parenting - barriers that dads, paternal figures, and...
Published 01/31/22
In this episode, I talk with Chiara, a spiritual coach and mom who struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety.  We talk about .. - how postpartum depression and anxiety showed up for her, including not enjoying being pregnant, experiencing a traumatic delivery, and not bonding with her baby - her experience with intrusive thoughts as well as panic attacks and difficulty being alone with her baby  - her recommendations for sitting with uncomfortable emotions, not distracting,...
Published 01/26/22
In this episode, I talk with Megan, a mom of two and a nurse who experienced perinatal and postpartum OCD.  We talk about .. - how her symptoms showed up both in the perinatal and in the postpartum period - difficulties associated with OCD including a sense of urgency, how symptoms snowball and get worse, and the intolerance of uncertainty - barriers, red flags, and frustrations about the maternal mental health/medical system  For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com...
Published 01/19/22
In this episode, I share my thoughts about a commonly asked question, which is," How do I do exposures for intrusive thoughts?"  I talk about why this is an unanswerable question unless we have more information and why.  You'll learn ..  - why you can't just do exposures for intrusive thoughts, no other information provided - what else you need to know in order to have good exposures  - qualities of good exposures - examples For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com...
Published 01/18/22
In this episode, I talk about some poor advice I saw on social media, encouraging people to "just pay more attention" when they ritualize the first time so that they don't have to do it a second time.  I talk about.. - why this is bad advice for people who have OCD - how this advice is substituting one ritual for another - how this can snowball into more rituals in the future  - what to do instead For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free...
Published 12/28/21
In this episode, I talk about therapies, techniques, and interventions that could be harmful or detrimental to OCD treatment.  I discuss... - mistakes therapists make - common pitfalls in ERP for OCD (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22924159/) - harmful engagement responses (https://windsorflynn.com/blogs/news/an-interview-with-lisa-levine-psyd) For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a...
Published 12/21/21
In this episode, I talk about therapies, techniques, and interventions that could be harmful or detrimental to OCD treatment.  I discuss...  - ice packs, law of attraction concepts, focusing too much on content, and more - benzodiazepine use for OCD/during treatment - mistakes therapists make including not focusing enough on lifestyle exposures, not having the right demeanor during exposure work, and more For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule...
Published 11/30/21