Chrissie would like to talk with you via video chat or phone about what you have experienced to learn how she can help get you on the path to recovery. It is imperative to find a therapist who can treat OCD with evidence & research based treatment. Many therapists claim to treat OCD, but are not using effective treatment which can make symptoms worse, waste time and money, and cause the individual to lose hope. Chrissie can provide you with resources and therapist referrals to save you time, money, and suffering. To schedule your consultation, please email Chrissie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a brief description of your experience.
Chrissie Hodges is a mental health advocate and public speaker on Obsessive-Compulsive disorder and stigma reduction for mental health. She is the author of “Pure OCD: The Invisible Side of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”.
Chrissie works as a Peer support/coach and as a therapy coach with Effective OCD Treatment. She is a presenter at the Crisis Intervention Team training for Denver Police & Sheriff Departments. Chrissie is a professional blog & Vlog contributor for ‘Mental Health on The Mighty’. Chrissie is also a commissioner on the Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission.
She is an ‘In Our Own Voice’ presenter for NAMI Colorado and sits on the Colorado Advisory board for Mental Health Standards & Regulations. Chrissie is a certified peer support specialist in the state of Colorado and holds a BS in Psychology.
As a peer support/coach Chrissie works with people who have identified their symptoms to be anxiety/OCD related, pre-treatment, during treatment, post-treatment, and working toward recovery. Peer support is essential in working through the emotional turmoil that accompanies a diagnosis and treatment of OCD and mental illness. Chrissie uses her lived experience with mental illness to help others work through and overcome the shame, guilt, and emotions of stigma, helping them to find peace and acceptance in their experience. Chrissie can provide her services via skype, phone, or in person. The hours of support are highly flexible and each peer support package is tailored to their individual needs.
Jamie Swegarden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
“As a person who lives with OCD, Chrissie’s knowledgeable and an advocate that I would want on my side to support me through the process should I ever need it someday”
Melissa Hunter: MA LPCC
“I have seen Chrissie help people move from despair and hopelessness to having full, rich lives with meaning and texture”
Kerry Bastian: Psychiatric Nurse
“Chrissie’s expertise is with OCD, having lived that for a large majority of her life, and helping support others in their struggles with OCD. I can highly recommend her to offer support to you or your loved one”
What is OCD?
In the U.S., approximately 3.3 million people have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder a tormenting, tortuous disorder comprised of obsessions, compulsions, and anxiety.Obsessions are unwanted and intrusive thoughts or beliefs which are accompanied by anxiety. Compulsions are ritualistic behaviors an individual will engage in to temporarily relieve the anxiety. Compulsions can manifest in many ways. Individuals may have outward, physical compulsions such as hand-washing, or mental compulsions such as avoidance or seeking reassurance. Diagnostic tests are available for OCD such as the Yale Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale. OCD can be diagnosed by an OCD therapist, general practitioner, psychiatrist, licensed therapist, or nurse practitioner. OCD is a chronic, medical condition which requires treatment via medication and/or therapy.
There is effective, evidence-based treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Individuals can be treated through Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). Many therapists will use Mindfulness techniques to supplement ERP practices. It is imperative that OCD is treated with CBT/ERP therapy. If your treatment provider is not using CBT/ERP, please schedule a resource consultation or peer support session with Chrissie and she will help you find a therapist in your area or through tele-therapy who can help you find the path to recovery.
“Every person living with mental illness is worthy of a good life, love, happiness, and deserves the chance to live in recovery. Recovery is possible for anyone.”