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DBT & Philosophy

The history and practice of various therapeutic modalities—in fact, the whole history of therapy itself—is tightly bound up with the history and practice of philosophy. While the focused study of philosophy as such is these days largely confined to universities and other academic contexts, there is much to be gained from the process of identifying […]

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OCD: Beyond E/RP

If you are familiar with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- perhaps you live with the diagnosis yourself- you are likely aware that the golden standard treatment for OCD is a cognitive behavioral approach called Exposure/ Response Prevention. I’ve spoken about E/RP at length in previous blog posts and cannot emphasize enough the importance of this intervention for

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Understanding the White Whale of OCD: Taboo Sexual Thoughts and Groinal Response

It’s helpful to think of taboo thoughts OCD as a preoccupation with the “worst case scenario” regarding identity. People who have a type of OCD primarily defined by intrusive taboo thoughts  (harm OCD, incest OCD, pedophilia OCD, and Scrupulosity, and some types of Magical Thinking, to name a few) are usually fixated on the thought

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Violence is Threatening the Mental Health of Philadelphia Residents

Anyone who has ever read the novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky knows that there is no crime that goes unpunished. Dostoyevsky’s well-known novel is called Crime and Punishment.  Our sense of justice tells us that wrongs ought to have retribution. But that’s not the way it always works, is it? Fast forward to 2022, where rising numbers

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