Building Relationships Online: Chris Stedman

Join me in kicking off OCD Awareness Week with Chris Stedman, whose book IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives comes out October 20! Skim Chris’s bio and you’ll see Yale and Harvard…CNN and PBS…The Atlantic and The Washington Post…I guess what I’m saying is welcome to the big time, Chris. Seriously, I’m so…

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Helping Clients Face Their Fears: Jayme Kolbo

Let’s welcome OCD therapist Jayme Kolbo today! Her insight can help us all, but Minnesotans—particularly Twin Cities residents—might be especially interested in learning more about her. Jayme recently co-founded OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center of Minnesota. Access to proper, evidence-based treatment is so important, and I am always thrilled when our roster of qualified therapists…

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Amplifying OCD Awareness: Mara Wilson

Late one night I was thinking of what I could ask Mara Wilson for our Q&A, and I had what felt like such a profound thought: Mara was in Mrs. Doubtfire. OCD is the doubting disease. Having OCD feels like being engulfed in flames of doubt… But I spared Mara from this observation—it was less…

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A Penny for Your Intrusive Thoughts: Cassie and Darcy

Nothing inspires me more than when people who have suffered make it their mission to help others, and it’s even better when they do it with as much joy and creativity as today’s guests have. Cassie and Darcy are at the helm of A Penny for Your Intrusive Thoughts, an outlet for people with intrusive…

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Laughing Despite, and About, OCD: Neil Hemmer

Neil Hemmer is one of those old young people, already wise at 25. He’ll say something so poetic and profound it brings a tear to your eye and you suddenly feel less alone. And then he’ll tell a long story about pooping and the tears in your eyes are from laughing so hard. Like many…

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Advocating for OCD on Twitter: Shira Folberg

Shira Folberg is a force to be reckoned with! When she tweets about mental health and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in particular, people pay attention. She’s also started a personal blog about her experiences with OCD as well as a series called Faces of OCD with the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). Shira has gone through a…

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Harnessing the Power of ACT: Patricia Zurita Ona

When you talk to Patricia Zurita Ona—Dr.Z. to her patients—her passion for acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) comes through loud and clear. She has embraced this form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as a way for individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to face their fears by focusing on what they value in life. Dr. Z. is…

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Made of Millions Founder: Aaron Harvey

When Aaron Harvey was finally diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in his thirties, he was relieved to have answers but frustrated it took so long to get them. Determined to shorten the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis, he set out to educate others about OCD, specifically intrusive thoughts. Now he’s expanded his scope…

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Founder of Huddle.care: Maggie Perry

Therapist Maggie Perry presented at the 2020 OCD Gamechangers, and it’s easy to see why: With her creation of Huddle.care, an innovative online therapy program, she is helping change the way individuals with OCD and anxiety get treatment. Feelings of isolation and shame don’t stand a chance against support from a therapist and peers who…

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Treating OCD Outside the Box: Christopher Schoenstedt

Today we’re getting insight from Christopher Schoenstedt, MA, an OCD therapist with a practice in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. (Currently, due to COVID-19, he’s only doing teletherapy.) Thank you, Christopher! How long have you treated OCD? I have treated OCD in different capacities for around five years. What led you to focus on anxiety, OCD, and panic?…

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