Author: Kevin Foss, MFT

Letting Bad Feelings Feel Bad May Actually Help

Letting Bad Feelings Feel Bad May Actually Help

Sometimes bad feelings make you feel bad, and that is both okay and normal. This article, written by Kevin Foss, MFT, was originally posted to Psychology Today on April 13th, 2022. To read in its original format, click here. You know that old saying “You 

FearCast Question- “How Can I Tell If It’s HOCD or Suppressed Attraction?”

FearCast Question- “How Can I Tell If It’s HOCD or Suppressed Attraction?”

This question was originally answered on the FearCast Podcast episode release on January 31, 2022 (https://fearcastpodcast.com/2022/01/31/hocd-suppressed/) I am a heterosexual identifying female who is experiencing HOCD.  I have two questions: When I am around both sexes, mostly occurring with females, I have an uninvited and 

OCD Is An Elaborate Phishing Scam

OCD Is An Elaborate Phishing Scam

This article was originally published on Made of Millions. To read the original article, click here. Knowing one’s enemy is an important first step in defeating it. 01Like a phishing scam, OCD reels us in by making false promises and exploiting our fears. 02It can 

Dealing With Real-Event OCD (part 4)

Dealing With Real-Event OCD (part 4)

This article is part 4 of a four part series on Real-Event OCD. To read part 1, click hereTo read part 2, click hereTo read part 3, click here Accepting Imperfection of Character At the core of this obsession, at least for many people, is 

Dealing With Real-Event OCD (part 3)

Dealing With Real-Event OCD (part 3)

This article is part 3 of a four part series on Real-Event OCD. To read part 1, click hereTo read part 2, click hereTo read part 4, click here Real-Life OCD, Guilt, or Shame? So, is Real-Event OCD just another way of saying someone is 

Dealing With Real-Event OCD (part 2)

Dealing With Real-Event OCD (part 2)

This is part 2 of a four part series on Real-Event OCD. Click here to read part 1Click here to read part 3Click here to read part 4 Challenge Your Assumptions and Feared Stories for Real-Life OCD Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches that our thoughts 

Dealing With Real-Event OCD

Dealing With Real-Event OCD

Remember that thing you did that one time? That thing you said? The way you treated that person? How awful was that? How shameful?! That wasn’t like you, and that definitely is not reflective of who you are, what you believe, and the type of 

Being Social Again Means A Return Of Social Anxiety

Being Social Again Means A Return Of Social Anxiety

With the return to work, school, and social activities, many people are experiencing a form of Social Anxiety. Not only are people focusing on how they are perceived and experienced by others, they are also facing the added pressure to adapt to a changing response 

Scrupulosity OCD: Symptoms, Examples, & Treatment Options

Scrupulosity OCD: Symptoms, Examples, & Treatment Options

This article on Scrupulosity OCD was published on ChoosingTherapy.com and features Kevin Foss, MFT. To read the original posting, please click here. Published – April 29, 2021 Updated – April 30, 2021 Scrupulosity OCD is a form or subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in which 

Stop Trying To Be Perfect and Start Being OK

Stop Trying To Be Perfect and Start Being OK

This article, written by Kevin Foss, MFT, Director of CalOCD, was originally published on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/stronger-fear/202101/stop-trying-be-perfect-and-start-being-ok Scrupulosity sufferers struggle with the never-ending quest for spiritual and moral perfection. They have it in their mind, or OCD has it in their mind, that the only