Are you narrowing your life by “managing” your worries and obsessions for a good portion of your day?   Listen to this episode while folding your laundry or doing your dishes and learn about:  

  • What it’s like for people who experience “sticky” thoughts that don’t go away
  • How feelings are like waves in the ocean . . . they come and go.  We can’t always control our feelings, but we can control how we respond to them.
  • How to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to live your deepest values while getting relief from “sticky thoughts” and compulsions from OCD and more

Today’s guest is psychologist Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona, known as “Dr. Z,” author of six books including Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster, ACT for the Emotionally Sensitive and The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full.  Dr. Z has led over 140 workshops at national and international conferences and runs a private practice in San Francisco where she works with children through adults  that struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, and with managing their emotions.  Dr. Z is also the host of Playing it Safe Podcast –  learn more about her at

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