About Purely OCD
Lauren McMeikan Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, are OCD Specialists living with OCD. Their dual perspectives bring a unique and comprehensive vantage point to their discussions about OCD treatment. Live participation is welcomed weekly on Instagram Live, as Kelley and Lauren cover all things OCD, one subtype at a time. Join them as they bring a little humor and a lot of heart to the realm of OCD recovery.
On this episode of Purely OCD Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, are joined with a special guest Shaun Flores who is a mental health advocate who shares with us his journey with OCD. Shaun has made it his mission to spread awareness about OCD. Shaun is an International OCD Foundation advocate, TEDx speaker and a powerful influence in the mental health community. It was such an honor to have him on as our guest today.
This week, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, are joined by Dr. Patrick McGrath. Dr. McGrath is the Chief Clinical Officer at NOCD and the former Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and the Co-Director of the School Anxiety and School Refusal Program at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He offers a wealth of insight and knowledge. We hope you enjoy learning from him.
On this week’s episode of Purely OCD, Lauren and Kelley explore harm obsessions in this multiple part series. In part 1 of the series, the two identify intrusive thoughts that commonly present for those living with this particular sub-type of OCD. First they explain what harm OCD is and how harm obsessions can be categorized through violent intrusive thoughts, moral OCD, Postpartum OCD, contamination OCD and many others. Next they dive deeper into “traditional harm” obsessions and triggers. Lastly, they briefly touch on intrusive images, sensations and “urges” that often times come up with this subtype.
On this week's episode of Purely OCD, Kelley and Lauren discuss sneaky reassurance seeking in the form of confession. First they discuss how to tell if it's becoming a problem. Next they consider how it can show up with different themes including Relationship OCD, Sexual Orientation OCD, Religious Scrupulosity and Moral Scrupulosity. Lastly, they briefly touch on how to deal with the anxiety that arises as a result of choosing to refrain from confessing compulsively. Join them as they record live next Monday on Youtube at 12:30 PM PT.
This week on Purely OCD, Lauren and Kelley discuss how to get support from a loved one without it becoming compulsive. To start, they cover the reasons why asking for reassurance can be so problematic. Next, they discuss the "how" of asking for support without seeking reassurance. In addition, they talk about the importance of taking care of your support system, as compulsive reassurance often puts a tremendous strain on relationships. They also consider the importance of knowing who to disclose information to and set the record straight about reassurance (not all reassurance is bad)! Lastly, they cover types of language to use for those who are in the supporter role.
Today on Purely OCD podcast, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, talk about Exposure and Response Prevention in the treatment of OCD. They discuss different types of exposures and how to practice not engaging in compulsions (or response prevention). You can check out prior podcast episodes to learn more about specific types of compulsions and how exposure and response prevention can be applied with different OCD subtypes.
In today’s episode Purely OCD, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, talk about different types of overt, or observable, compulsions that commonly present in OCD. They also briefly cover ways you can combat compulsions in the face of fear. Check out Purely OCD’s new Instagram, Tik Tok and Twitter Accounts.
In today’s episode, Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT talk about perfectionism in OCD. They talk about how perfection can be such an alluring idea this time of year, but how it can also rob us of our present moment experiences. We hope you embrace the entirety of your experience, warts, intrusive thoughts and all this holiday season. Check out @purely_ocd where we will be sharing more come 2023. ❤️
Today on the purely ocd podcast, in honor of ocd awareness week, Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, discuss their own journeys with OCD. But first- they discuss the first national campaign promoting OCD Awareness, directed by Ethan Smith and featuring a whole slew of advocates including Rev. Katie O'Dunne, Sean Shinnock Tia Wilson Uma Chatterjee and Kelley Franke herself. As a part of the awareness campaign, Biohaven also asked a number of advocates to share their stories. You can find both Kelley and Lauren’s on biohaven’s website: https://ocdtrials.com/what-if/. In the episode, Kelley talks about her experience with separation anxiety as a child and how it morphed over the years into Harm OCD. Lauren shares about her early years with Existential OCD and how Moral Scrupulosity finally got her a diagnosis and correct treatment. Please note: Kelley and Lauren do not endorse any medication in their capacity as psychotherapists or advocates. If you are interested in medication, you should speak with your physician. That said, Kelley and Lauren support the research being done and are all about helping to spread the word about what real OCD is and are so grateful to be a part of this campaign to promote awareness 🤍☺️
This week on purely OCD podcast, Lauren and Kelley discuss how to maintain optimism in your recovery. They start the conversation by setting realistic expectations for what recovery looks like. They then discuss how to use self-compassion, cognitive restructuring and mindfulness as a way to support optimism. Lastly, they discuss values and how they can help you realign with you to your path of recovery and how empowerment can breed a sense of optimism.
This week on the Purely OCD podcast, Lauren and Kelley discuss managing multiple themes of OCD. They start by discussing how common it is to experience multiple themes. The two also consider how to navigate new content when it pops up unexpectedly. Most importantly, they explain the importance of accepting uncertainty in the face of all content.
This week on the Purely OCD podcast, Lauren and Kelley continue their discussion on self-compassion and OCD recovery. They start by discussing loving-kindness meditation, and how this can support people in the practice of self-compassion. They also discuss how to navigate guilt using self-compassion, and how to find compassion for your brain when it is the source of so much pain. Lastly, they consider how partners of individuals with OCD can provide compassion without providing compulsive reassurance.
In this episode, Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, talk about self-compassion in OCD recovery. They define self-compassion and discuss how it can help individuals who are dealing with OCD. They also highlight ways in which this practice can turn compulsive to support people in using the tool effectively. Stay tuned for Part II next week.
This week on Purely OCD, Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, talk about the role of community in OCD recovery. They start by sharing about their experience at the IOCDF Conference. They discuss the benefits of being surrounded by people who "get it." They also touch on some of the challenges that can come up in community when you have OCD.
In this episode of Purely OCD, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, continue the conversation on mental compulsions, in the third part of the series. The two discuss how to identify mental compulsions, what to do once you have identified them and what to expect from this practice. We will resume in 2-weeks and look forward to seeing you then!
In this weeks episode of Purely OCD podcast, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT are joined by Jenna Overbaugh, LMFT to talk about how OCD recovery can benefit us beyond navigating OCD. They touch on how certain topics, like navigating doubt, doing hard things, and awareness of thoughts and thinking, transcend OCD and can help us more broadly. The three also cover how these lessons can support the process of parenting. To end this episode, Kelley brings it on home with a discussion of self-compassion and, essentially, reparenting ourselves. Thanks for joining. And go check out Jenna Overbaugh on Instagram, if you don’t know her already!
On today’s episode of Purely OCD Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, pick up where they left off in their discussion of mental compulsions.They define and discuss more subtypes of mental compulsions. They also talk about helpful versus unhelpful thinking through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. As always, they answer questions from viewers who tuned in live. . Next week, the two will have a special guest Jenna Overbaugh of #nocd. We look forward to seeing you there. The conversation on how to navigate and manage mental compulsions- Part 3 - will resume May 23rd.
In this episode, Lauren Rosen, LMFT and Kelley Franke, LMFT, discuss mental compulsions. They define mental compulsions and explain how they can present in OCD. They explain how mindfulness a.k.a. mental ninja, is the best approach when it comes to stopping mental compulsions. Tune in next week when the two will discuss more ways to build your mindfulness muscle in combatting mental compulsions.
In today's episode of Purely OCD, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, discuss obsessions related to contamination with Alcohol and Drugs. To begin with, they talk about contamination obsessions related to sobriety and fears about relapse. They also cover fears of losing one's mind or experiencing derealization secondary to substance contamination. Next, they consider common compulsions that people perform when the fears arise and then turn their discussion to exposure and response prevention. To conclude the episode, they answer your questions.
In this weeks episode, Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, answer listeners questions. Some questions they cover include: 1. What can trigger OCD? 2. What language can be used when supporting a loved one with OCD? 3. Does suppressing make OCD worse? We hope you found this podcast helpful and if there any questions we did not answer, please contact us on our website!
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