Dr jonathan grayson ocd

Dr Jonathan Grayson - OCD Recovery (Ep 45)

In episode 45 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Jonathan Grayson. Jon with his wife, Cathy founded the LA treatment centre for anxiety and OCD. Jon has been working with people with OCD for 35 years and is the author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He founded the support group GOAL and is also known for his idea virtual camping.

Dr Jonathan Grayson

I chatted with Jon about the strength you gain from having and recovering from OCD. We discuss certainty as an emotion, learning to cope with the worst, camping and virtual camping. We talk about motivation in recovery, seeing a life after OCD, medication, how ACT can work with ERP, his support group GOAL and how a supportive community can help. Enjoy.


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Show notes:

Jon’s therapy story (3:40)

Uncertainty and better mental health (5:30)

The importance of understanding OCD (7:10)

Camping, virtual camping and OCD (15:10)

Use positive and negative motivation (22:10)

Motivation for ERP (30:00)

Medication and OCD (35:30)

Medication and depression (40:30)

ACT and ERP (43:00)

GOAL support group (50:00)

Jon’s advice for living an amazing life (57:00)

Jon’s billboard (1:00:00)

Find out more about Jon:

Jon’s website – LAOCDTreatment.com

Freedom from OCD (GOAL manual can be found here) – FreedomFromOCD


Shala Nicely – Beyond the doubt / Shala answers your questions

Ed Renshaw – OCD story and podcast

IOCDF conference

Dr Steven Hayes


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To your success,

Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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Stuart Ralph

Stuart is the founder of The OCD Stories podcast. A weekly show where he interviews some of the best minds in OCD recovery. In 2018 he was given the hero award by the International OCD Foundation.

dr jonathan grayson ocd
Freedom From OCD, by Jonathon Grayson, PH.D.

A personalized recovery program for living with uncertainty.

Welcome to the Freedom from OCD website. The prime purpose of this site is to provide checklists and forms found in Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  There is no charge for the forms or any of the material on this site. I want you to feel free to share them as you see fit, but I would appreciate it if you would credit me if you do distribute them.

This website is broken into three sections.  The first section is made up of the forms that are included in the book.  There is a brief description of the forms and you may download them individually or you can download all of them at once via the download all forms button.

The second section provides the user with articles relevant to my book and OCD. At this time, there are two entries in this section.  The first is the GOAL manual, an in depth description of how to start and run an OCD GOAL support group.  I do think it is useful for users to have read my book if they are going to run a group, but it is not essential. Additional information on GOAL can be found on my practice website, LAOCDTreatment.com under the Free Support Group heading.

The second article in section 2 article is an expanded version of the 13 excuse modes for giving into OCD found in Chapter 15 of my book.  These are the lies you tell yourself when you slip.

The final section is an experiment.  I am providing sample mp3’s that would be useful in therapy.  At this time the chewing.mp3 is an exposure recording for those with Sensory Focused OCD (SF-OCD) in which the obsession is upon the sound of gum chewing.  Over time I hope to create a library of usable mp3’s.

Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 


Anxiety disorders are a widespread problem affecting nearly one in five Americans. These disorders not only impact the sufferers, but also their families, who often helplessly watch wishing there was something they could do. The goal of the practice is to help sufferers and their families to regain control of their lives.

At the core of our treatment philosophy is treating every sufferer as an individual. After an initial evaluation, therapy is customized to the needs of each individual client, utilizing the most current empirically-supported approaches and techniques available. Dr. Grayson is nationally recognized for providing cutting edge, state of the art cognitive behavioral treatments to sufferers.

The center will provide help for all anxiety disorders including; obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, simple phobias, and depression. In addition, under the direction of Cathy Grayson, M.A., the center provides specialized consulting for children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome

We are dedicated to helping those suffering from anxiety through therapy, public education, community service and research. We regularly present our work at professional scientific conferences and also to lay audiences in an effort to train and educate other clinicians and the public. Professionals interested in pursuing either Individual and Group Supervision should contact Dr. Grayson at (626) 639-3994.  Because of our commitment to the community of those suffering from OCD, we offer a free support group.

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