Welcome to my blog. My name is Steven J. Seay, Ph.d., and I am a licensed psychologist in Florida and Missouri. I am currently the Director of the Center for Psychological & Behavioral Science. Over the coming weeks and months, I plan to use this blog to offer a variety of useful resources for individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Because obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has always been an area of primary interest for me, I will begin by adding blog posts focusing primarily on OCD and other related conditions. These conditions include compulsive hoarding and trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), as well as a variety of other conditions. I will discuss evidence-based treatments for these conditions, symptoms associated with these disorders, strategies for selecting a therapist, and a variety of other topics. If you are interested in learning more about a particular topic, please let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to accommodate your request.
For individuals experiencing symptoms of OCD and other related conditions, it is important to remember that not all therapies (or therapists!) are created equal. I cannot overstate this enough. Working with a therapist who has not been adequately trained to treat OCD or a related condition may, at best, cause you to make slower progress in decreasing your symptoms. At worst, an unqualified therapist may inadvertently cause your symptoms to get worse. This is because some of the standard techniques utilized in various psychotherapies (including cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT]) can actually serve as a subtle form of reassurance, which can exacerbate OCD. Make sure that when you’re beginning treatment, you seek out a clinician who is well-trained in exposure and response prevention (ERP), which is the form of CBT that is most likely to help you make rapid gains. If you are unfamiliar with CBT, ERP, and the like, don’t worry; I will discuss these topics in detail in subsequent posts.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you find this site useful and that it helps you in your recovery.
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