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Understanding OCD, Anxiety, and Trauma: Insights from a Therapist

April 2, 2024

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One Blog, Two Therapists.

This blog is coming from a conversation with my husband, Nick Overbaugh, who is also a licensed therapist! He specializes in OCD, anxiety, and PTSD/trauma and answered some questions for my followers via Instagram stories.

In today’s blog, we delve into evidence-based strategies and foundational aspects of treatment to empower those grappling with intrusive thoughts, panic, and fear.

Foundations of Treatment: ERP and ACT Techniques

Before we unravel specific questions, let’s establish the groundwork. At the core of our approach lie methodologies like exposure and response prevention (ERP), acceptance, and commitment therapy (ACT). These techniques form the backbone of our journey toward healing, regardless of whether you’re struggling with anxiety, intrusive thoughts, panic, or trauma.

Let’s address a common question that we got via Instagram stories: “Why am I avoiding certain places? Is it PTSD or OCD?” The truth is, the “why isn’t” as crucial as the avoidance itself. Whether stemming from trauma triggers or perceived threats, our goal remains consistent – to confront these challenges head-on while reducing safety behaviors and avoidance.

Building a solid foundation is paramount. That’s where the OCD and Anxiety Recovery Blueprint shines. With over 40 hours of comprehensive content, it’s a treasure trove of skills and strategies to navigate the twists and turns of OCD and anxiety.

Prioritizing Stability: Managing OCD Before Trauma

Now, let’s talk about the intricate relationship between trauma and OCD. Before diving into trauma processing, we prioritize stable OCD management. Because tackling trauma triggers with a shaky foundation isn’t ideal.

The key takeaway? Stability first, trauma later. By prioritizing OCD stability, we pave the way for more effective trauma processing down the road.

As we wrap up, remember – the journey to overcoming OCD and anxiety isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. But with the right tools and support, every step forward brings us closer to reclaiming our lives.

Until next time, keep pressing forward. And if you’re ready to take the next step, dive into the OCD and Anxiety Recovery Blueprint. Nick will be making more and more of an appearance within the Blueprint, so if you’d like to see more of him, now’s the best time!

Resources for Your OCD and Anxiety Recovery

To learn more about OCD and anxiety recovery strategies and resources, visit my website at Here you can find additional support and guidance.

Want more content like this?

Episode #33 – The “Must Haves” Of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Episode #167 – ERP Overload: Is There Such Thing as Too Much Exposure Therapy?

The OCD and Anxiety Recovery Blueprint

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