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Pedophiles, Rapists and Murderers...Oh My: How to Disengage from Harm OCD & Re-engage in Your Life

Recorded March 12, 2018

Featuring Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA, and Ashley Kendall, PhD

Webinar Description:

Over the past few years, there has been increased awareness and understanding of OCD within the general public. The simplest definition of OCD is the frequent experience of intrusive thoughts and associated behaviors engaged in to decrease discomfort associated with these thoughts. 

One category of OCD which we frequently see at our treatment center that is less understood and sadly can be associated with tremendous emotional pain and suffering is Harm OCD. Harm OCD is no different from other forms of OCD in that one experiences frequent, uncomfortable intrusive thoughts and associated behaviors to decrease emotional discomfort and attempt to gain control over the thoughts. But what is unique (and so devastating ) about Harm OCD is that it strikes where it hurts most. Harm OCD goes after one's values and sense of identity and injects thoughts that conflict with everything one holds most true and life enhancing about themselves. 

This webinar shares tips and tools to: identify if you may be dealing with Harm OCD; make sense of why Harm OCD picks such painful themes and content; take the power away from Harm OCD, and re-engage in your life now.

Please note: there is a $10 fee for this 60 minute webinar. All proceeds benefit ADAA's public education fund. Please click on the Register Here button to fill out the registration and payment form. Upon payment, you will receive an email with the registration link. 

About the Presenter(s)

Dr. Debra Kissen is the Clinical Director of the Light on Anxiety Treatment Center of Chicago.  

Dr. Kissen specializes in CBT based treatment to children, adolescents and adults with a focus on anxiety and stress-related disorders, including OCD, PTSD, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, separation anxiety disorder, compulsive skin picking, trichotillomania and other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs). Dr. Debra Kissen applies the principles of evidence-based treatments while at the same time treating the whole person, with deep respect for the human spirit and the challenges we all face on our journey through life.

Dr. Kissen is a Clinical Fellow at the Anxiety Depression Association of America (ADAA) and is a Co-Chair of ADAA's Public Education Committee.  


Ashley D. Kendall, PhD, is a clinical psychologist actively engaged in both scientific research and clinical practice. Dr. Kendall received her PhD in clinical science from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), and currently practices at Light on Anxiety Treatment Center of Chicago (Illinois). Her studies, conducted in collaboration with leading experts in the field, have uncovered new biological and emotional risk factors for the development of anxiety and related disorders, and have demonstrated the efficacy new psychosocial treatments. Her work has been published in top medical and psychological journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and Psychoneuroendocrinology. In her clinical practice, Dr. Kendall provides cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in combining CBT with mindfulness-based techniques to help patients navigate life transitions, and overcome anxiety, stress, and depression.