266 episodes

Welcome to The OCD Stories podcast. The OCD Stories is a show that offers hope and inspiration. I interview some of the best minds in OCD treatment and recovery to share their advice, to both entertain and educate listeners towards a healthier life. Hope it helps.

Disclaimer - this podcast is not a replacement for therapy. Please seek treatment from a licensed mental health professional.

The OCD Storie‪s‬ Stuart Ralph

    • Mental Health
    • 4.8 • 495 Ratings

Welcome to The OCD Stories podcast. The OCD Stories is a show that offers hope and inspiration. I interview some of the best minds in OCD treatment and recovery to share their advice, to both entertain and educate listeners towards a healthier life. Hope it helps.

Disclaimer - this podcast is not a replacement for therapy. Please seek treatment from a licensed mental health professional.

    Story: Elke Atzpodien (#272)

    Story: Elke Atzpodien (#272)

    In episode 272 I interview Elke Atzpodien. Elke shared her story in episode 102 back in 2017, and she has come on to give us an update.
    In this episode I chat with Elke about an update on her story, her experiences of Exposure and Response Prevention therapy (ERP), group therapy, support groups, meeting Margot her therapy buddy, mixing exposure homework with valued activities, stopping asking for reassurance, how her husband had also suffered and decided to go to therapy to help process the 20 years of experiencing OCD in the home, her peer support training, stigma and self stigma, dealing with OCD during supporting her father through cancer treatment, the ideas of OCD treatment that helped her, and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/elke-272
    The podcast is made possible by and sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories
    Next monthly zoom hangout with Stuart is on 1st May. Come chat about the show. Pay what you can/want: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ocd-stories-monthly-zoom-catchup-with-stuart-ralph-tickets-149429992129 See you then. 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Dr Ben Sedley - Stuff that’s loud (#271)

    Dr Ben Sedley - Stuff that’s loud (#271)

    In episode 271 I interview Dr Ben Sedley. Ben is a clinical psychologist from New Zealand. He has authored two books, and runs a private practice called ACT Wellington.
    In this episode I chat with Ben about his therapy journey, what is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), how Relational Frame Theory (RFT) underpins ACT, how ACT can be useful for OCD, Ben gives examples of how ACT enhances ERP, ACT’s view of suffering, we talk about grief and OCD, his and Lisa Coyne’s book ‘Stuff that’s loud’ an ACT book for teens with OCD, his book ‘Stuff that sucks’, the importance of listening to teens, the ACT metaphors Ben likes, and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/ben-sedley-271
    The podcast is made possible by and sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories
    Next monthly zoom hangout with Stuart is on May 1st. Come chat about the show. Pay what you can/want: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ocd-stories-monthly-zoom-catchup-with-stuart-ralph-tickets-149429992129. See you then. 

    • 1 hr
    Laura Johnson - OCD Doodles (#270)

    Laura Johnson - OCD Doodles (#270)

    In episode 270 I chat with Laura Johnson. Laura is the creator of OCD Doodles and has kindly agreed to share her story with us.
    In this episode I chat with Laura about her story, her earliest experience, existential and superstitious worries, how as a kid seeing a school shooting on TV triggered worries of harm coming to her family, how OCD impacted her family as a child, contamination worries, relationship worries, drinking alcohol to self-medicate, seeking help, taking medication, her treatment journey from getting the wrong types of therapy, her negative experiences of working with a coach, finally getting therapy with a qualified therapist experienced in OCD, feeling guilty around harm OCD, parenting while dealing with OCD, and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/laura-johnson-ocd-doodles-270
    The podcast is made possible by and sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories
    Next monthly zoom hangout with Stuart is on 3rd April. Come chat about the show. Pay what you can/want: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/145224912623. See you then. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dr Michael Greenberg - Putting Rumination and Agency at the center of ERP (#269)

    Dr Michael Greenberg - Putting Rumination and Agency at the center of ERP (#269)

    In episode 269 I chat with Dr. Michael J. Greenberg. Michael is a licensed clinical psychologist.  He is the director of OCD Associates, a practice specializing in Rumination-Focused ERP.
    In this episode I chat with Michael about why rumination is a compulsion, rumination focused exposure and response prevention (RF-ERP), how his approach to treating OCD doesn’t fit with the habituation model of ERP but how it’s closer to the inhibitory learning model approach, he gives examples how he does ERP, how and why he focuses on getting his client’s anxiety close to zero before doing an ERP exercise, why he focuses on eliminating rumination first before physical compulsions, the difference between thinking normally and ruminating, noticing when you are ruminating, and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/dr-michael-greenberg-269
    The podcast is made possible by and sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories
    Next monthly zoom hangout with Stuart is on 3rd April. Come chat about the show. Pay what you can/want: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/145224912623. See you then. 

    • 50 min
    Story: Neil Hemmer (#268)

    Story: Neil Hemmer (#268)

    In episode 268 I chat with Neil Hemmer. Neil is a therapist with a masters in social work, and has plenty of personal experience with OCD. He has kindly agreed to share his story with us. 
    In this episode I chat with Neil about his story, his early memories, contamination OCD, he gives his candid account of intrusive thoughts, his faith, religious OCD, medication, self medicating with alcohol, relationship OCD, obsessive worries about having sexually assaulted someone, harm OCD, suicidal ideation, hitting rock bottom, addiction and OCD, going inpatient for OCD and addiction, smart recovery for addiction, writing scripts in exposure and response prevention theory (ERP), he shares some graphic stories of his clients in the aim to give hope, and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-neil-hemmer-268
    The podcast is made possible by and sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories
    Next monthly zoom hangout with Stuart is on 3rd April. Come chat about the show. Pay what you can/want: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/145224912623. See you then. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Story: Lou (#267)

    Story: Lou (#267)

    In episode 267 I chat with  Lou who has kindly agreed to share her story with us.
    In this episode I chat with Lou about her story, ruminating, reassurance seeking, not feeling good enough, self medicating at a young age with alcohol and drugs, how the birth of her first child triggered an OCD episode, peadophile themed OCD (pOCD), worries of her and others harming her baby (postpartum OCD/maternal OCD), feeling like a bad person, getting therapy, dealing with anger, discovering Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), eventually deciding to take medication and her experiences, the various triggers around her children, telling her husband something wasn’t feeling right, a fear of upsetting people, the OCD camp, what else helps her with her well being, and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-lou-267
    The podcast is made possible by and sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
495 Ratings

495 Ratings

lilikoen ,

Thank you

I was able to finally get help for my OCD via this podcast and ultimately finding NOCD through it. These stories have made me feel so validated and understood, and a bit less of an outlier. I can’t thank you enough for the collectivism this podcast cultivates, especially for OCD sufferers who can feel so isolated by their disorder.

Mick Mankato ,

Amazing

Amazing work. Thank you SO much for your contribution to the world of ocd and to the world in general.

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I appreciate that others have had a wonderful experience, but I have found the people Natasha and her team to be judgmental and just plain unkind. On top of that, when concern is raised, she and her team block you rather than respond, which shows a true lack of professionalism, much less conflict resolution skills, which I’d like to see in someone who I trust with my child’s mental health. Please do not give your money to this woman. There are many more professional and helpful therapists who will treat you and your kiddos with the dignity and respect you so deserve! ❤️❤️❤️

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