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The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD: Lean Into Your Fear, Manage Difficult Emotions, and Focus on Recovery
Kimerley Quinlan, LMFT | Foreword by Jon Hershfield, MFT
New Harbinger / Softcover / 2021-10-01 / 168403776X
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (Self Help) / Self Esteem
price: $35.95
240 pages
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A compassionate guide to help you manage OCD symptoms, overcome feelings of shame and stigma, and revitalize your life!

If you’re one of millions who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you’re all-too-familiar with feelings of anxiety, panic, shame, and uncertainty. In addition, the stigma associated with OCD can make you feel unworthy of receiving the compassion and kindness you need and deserve. You may even experience unwanted intrusive thoughts that result in harsh self-judgment—which can actually hinder your recovery and lead to additional mental health problems. So, how can you break this destructive cycle and start feeling better?

The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD outlines a step-by-step program to help you understand the emotional experience of OCD, and develop the tools you need to manage your disorder and build a better life. Drawing on a powerful combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and compassion-focused therapy (CFT), this breakthrough guide will teach you how to balance intense emotions, lean into your fear, and focus on recovery. Over time, you’ll learn to replace self-judgment with kindness and self-compassion, so you can stop suffering and start thriving.

Living with OCD can be extremely challenging, but it doesn’t have to rob you of your self-worth. You are so much more than your disorder! Let this book be your guide to discovering, supporting, and loving the best you that you can be.


“Kimberley Quinlan is a wonderful advocate for self-compassion. Having met her, compassion is something she emanates from her very being. She integrates exposure and response prevention (ERP) and self-compassion in her work with people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and is now showing how important and useful self-compassion is for OCD recovery through this book.”
—Stuart Ralph, child and adolescent counselor and psychotherapist, and host of The OCD Stories podcast

“Healing becomes possible when we realize we don’t have to believe our thoughts. The exercises in this comprehensive and accessible workbook offer those suffering with OCD guidance in meeting mental stories with a patient, forgiving, and wakeful presence. The fruit is a true taste of inner freedom and well-being.”
—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion

“Reclaiming your life from OCD requires doing some one-eighties. Learning to face—not avoid—your fears. Treating yourself nicely rather than beating yourself up. And you are holding the only book that teaches you how to do both at the same time! This is the guide to learning how to do self-compassionate ERP for OCD, written by one of the most talented and compassionate ERP therapists I know.”
—Shala Nicely, LPC, author of Taming OCD, Reclaiming My Life, and Is Fred in the Refrigerator?

“If you feel stuck and alone in your struggle against OCD, here’s great news. Within you is a storehouse of energy—your compassionate self. With Kimberly Quinlan’s workbook, you’ll learn to rejuvenate your spirit so that you can push forward into those daunting challenges. On the other side of this effort is the reward: living a life you love.”
—Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head

“The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD is a must-have for both therapists who treat OCD and for those who suffer from OCD. It contains essential, research-based tools to fight OCD while also presenting important and practical self-compassion skills to help sufferers better manage their OCD symptoms. The workbook is friendly, easy to read, and offers concrete examples to follow. I look forward to using this workbook with my clients.”
—Michelle Massi, LMFT, licensed marriage and family therapist, and founder and director of Anxiety Therapy LA

“Years after my diagnosis, the shame, guilt, and self-hatred I had for myself made treatment feel impossible. Much later, I began learning the art of self-compassion. It’s been life-altering. Kim’s book must live in every clinician and individual’s toolbox. This book not only gives the reader the skills to successfully manage OCD and related disorders, but to managing life and all that comes with it.”
—Ethan S. Smith, national advocate of the International OCD Foundation

About the Authors

Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. She has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for many years, and has a special interest in the integration of mindfulness and self-compassion principles with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for OCD, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. Kimberley is host of the Your Anxiety Toolkit podcast, and founder of—an online psychoeducation platform for OCD, anxiety disorders, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Quinlan is known for her vibrant and mindful approach to mental health issues, and is an expert presenter and support group facilitator for various conferences worldwide. She has been featured in many world-renowned and prestigious media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post; and has consulted on various mental health issues for programs such as ABC’s 20/20.

Jon Hershfield, MFT, is director of The Center for OCD and Anxiety at Sheppard Pratt in Towson, MD. He specializes in the use of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. He is author of Overcoming Harm OCD, When a Family Member Has OCD, and The OCD Workbook for Teens; and coauthor of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD and Everyday Mindfulness for OCD.

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