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Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, are OCD Specialists living with OCD. They also happen to be best friends. You can join Kelley and Lauren during their weekly podcast to learn about the ins and outs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) treatment from their perspectives as Therapists. When you tune in, you’ll also hear about their lived experience with obsessions and compulsions individually and as supports to one another.

Live participation is welcomed weekly on Instagram Live. Join Kelley and Lauren as they cover all things Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, one subtype at a time. One thing’s for sure: they bring a little humor and a lot of heart to the realm of recovery.

Latest Episodes

Episode 50: Mental Compulsions, Part 2

Today on the Purely OCD Podcast, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, talk about fears about drug and alcohol contamination. To begin with, they talk about obsessions related to sobriety and fears about relapse. They also cover concerns over losing one’s mind because of substance contamination. Next, they consider common compulsions in this theme. They then turn their discussion to ERP. To conclude the episode, they answer your questions.

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Episode 49: Mental Compulsions, Part 1

Today on Purely OCD, Lauren Rosen, LMFT and Kelley Franke, LMFT talk about mental compulsions. To begin with, they chat about what mental compulsions are. They then segue into what these mental behaviors can look like. They also talk about the differences between thought suppression and disengaging from rumination. Lastly, they answer a viewer’s question.

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Episode 48: Substance Contamination

This week on Purely OCD, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, talk about fears about drug and alcohol contamination. To begin with, they talk about obsessions related to sobriety and fears about relapse. They also cover concerns over losing one’s mind because of substance contamination. Next, they consider common compulsions in this theme. They then turn their discussion to ERP. To conclude the episode, they answer your questions.

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Episode 47: Q&A on March 28th

Today on Purely OCD podcast, Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, answer viewers questions live. To begin with, they talk about the “rightness” OCD wants, and how it applies in a job or relationship. They also discuss fears about making the “wrong” decision more generally.

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Episode 46: False Memory

This week on Purely OCD podcast, Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, talk about False Memory OCD. To begin with, they discuss obsessions and compulsions related to False Memory OCD. They also cover how to not engage with trying to figure out if a memory is real or not. Next, they consider common compulsions in this theme. They then turn their discussion to ERP. To conclude the episode, they answer your questions.

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Episode 45: OCD and “Urges”

Today on the Purely OCD podcast, OCD specialists Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, are joined by the Catherine Benfield! 

The three discuss Catherine’s recent article (with an assist credit to Kelley) about urges in the context of OCD. Some questions they cover include: 

1. What is an obsessive urge? 

2. How can we practice ERP in the face of obsessive urges? 

3. What is the role of accepting uncertainty with urges? 

There’s specific mention of Postpartum OCD Harm OCD, Sexual Orientation OCD (formerly HOCD) and Relationship OCD. This content could also be applied to POCD. We hope you find a little hope in this open conversation of what it’s like to live with and recover from this disorder.

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Episode 44: OCD in the Workplace

This week on the Purely OCD podcast, Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, discuss OCD in the workplace. To begin with, they cover common obsessions and compulsions that come up in this context. They also answer questions from viewers about sharing a disorder with a boss and tackling time consuming rituals that can slow people down.

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Episode 43: Meditation and OCD

This week on Purely OCD, OCD Specialists Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, discuss how meditation can support OCD recovery. To begin with, they discuss the types of meditation and this practice can support dropping rumination. They also discuss how meditation’s focus on returning to the present supports people in actually living in the here and now rather than being stuck in their heads. The two also chat about mindfulness exercises that can provide some of the benefits of meditation. 

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Episode 42: Acceptance and OCD, Part 2

This week on the Purely OCD podcast, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, continue their discussion on acceptance. To begin with, they talk about how acceptance related to having OCD is an important part of recovery. They also cover the key practice of accepting uncertainty. They touch on accepting bodily sensations and making space for these experiences without assigning meaning to them.

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Episode 41: OCD and Other Anxiety Disorders

This week on Purely OCD, OCD Specialists Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, are joined by special guests Emma and Lisa for a discussion about OCD and other anxiety disorders. To begin with, they talk about their lived experiences with OCD and Anxiety as well as their recovery journeys. They also answer questions from the audience related to whether it’s possible to become neurotypical or “normal” if you have OCD or an anxiety disorders.

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Episode 40: Acceptance and OCD, Part 1

On this episode of the Purely OCD Podcast, Lauren Rosen, LMFT, and Kelley Franke, LMFT, discuss acceptance of uncomfortable thoughts and feelings in the context of OCD.

Kelley explains what fusion looks like (i.e., the opposite of acceptance) using a scary thought on a clipboard.

They cover several acceptance techniques people can use when they experience an uncomfortable feeling or thought.

As always, they answer your questions live.

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Kelley Franke, LMFT, and Lauren Rosen, LMFT, ring in 2022with an episode about how OCD can impact folks this time of year.

Episode 39: OCD and the New Year

OCD Specialists Lauren Rosen, LMFT and Kelley Franke, LMFT welcome you to 2022 with a big announcement: Purely OCD is a podcast! You can find past episodes on the Purely OCD website: purelyocd.com. You can also listen to the ladies on Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

Lauren and Kelley also discuss how OCD can impact people at this time of year. They start with a chat about the pressure of New Year’s resolutions. Next, they discuss how New Years tends to especially impact those with existential OCD. The two talk about how Covid might impact existential OCD around the new year too. They round out the episode by discussing acceptance in the context of OCD.

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