OCD & Anxiety Specialist
John is a psychotherapist specializing in OCD, anxiety disorders, phobias and more. He’s the author of “Retrain for Anxious Brain” and he is here today to answer some questions about OCD. First we are discussing, the levels of OCD and how minor tendencies can actually be beneficial to a person. He explains that these tendencies can lay dormant or be functional for a long period of time before getting triggered and turning into impairing OCD. We talk about the differences of OCD and OCPD, personality disorders… I ask him about this new “Selfie Disorder” that just was announced earlier this week. We talk about hoarding and how it’s the same but opposite to OCD. And we are talking about if its genetic or developed. This is a really informative episode, so share with anyone you know suffering with OCD or anxiety.
JOHN TSILIMPARIS, MFT is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles that has become a go-to expert for the media on many areas of psychological issues. He has appeared on KCBS-TV, KABC-TV, KCAL-TV, KTLA-TV and other news programs to comment on subjects such as, marriage and divorce, holiday stress, empty nest syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, celebrity addictions, lottery fever, etc. John's radio appearances include Air-Talk with Larry Mantle on KPCC-FM and recently on KPFK-AM radio.
John has also been featured as a regular on the TV documentary series, Obsessed, on the A&E Television Network. He's received a lot of attention after appearing on Larry King Live with two patients that he treated on Obsessed. He also appeared on the reality show Collection Intervention on the SyFy channel, The View, with one of his patients and discussed treatment for freeway phobia with the ladies.
John is also a respected speaker. He teaches classes for students as well as lay people about anxiety disorders, depression, and addiction. He has presented workshops at UCLA Extension and at well-known treatment facilities in Los Angeles, including Clearview Treatment Center, Vista Del Mar, One-to-One Treatment and The OCD Center of Los Angeles. John teaches several psychology classes every year at Pepperdine University and Antioch University. He also supervises clinical interns.
When he's not doing media appearances and speaking, John devotes time to his very successful private practice in Brentwood. His practice continues to grow through referrals from psychiatrists, psychologists, and medical doctors who respect his work and support his activities. He is a former staff therapist in the department of psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and in the department of Addiction Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.
He is also a regular blogger on the Huffington Post and has published articles on many of the subjects mentioned above. Please visit his Huffington Post page.
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Welcome back everyone, after a much needed break in December, Carmody Central is back. What a way to kick off the new year with psychotherapist and author, John Tsilimparis. Today we are discussing The Denial of Reason. We are branching off of one of John's Huffington Post articles about how many conversative candidates have rejected reason. How Ben Carson believes that Satan is partly responsible for Darwin's evolution theory. Seriously, he said that! How George W Bush said that God told him personally to free the Iraqi people. And how big of a part religion plays on the Republican side of things, especially when it comes to making laws. Believe whatever you want, I for sure am a believer in many crazy things, but you need to be logical if you're writing the laws and legislation in this crazy country we call 'merica.
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