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Friday, July 29 • 9:15am - 10:45am
'From Dating to Marriage' How to Co-Exist with OCD

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"What if I get my partner pregnant?" "No one will want to date/marry me because of my OCD." These are often the difficult thoughts associated with OCD and relationships. Relationships can make OCD worse, and OCD can make individuals feel ostracized.  At worst, OCD can scare people away from dating and marriage entirely. This talk will discuss how OCD interferes in dating and marriage, when to introduce a partner to OCD, how to handle being triggered by a partner, and the tools used to overcome these difficulties. Presenters will engage attendees in a discussion designed to help participants address relationship challenges more effectively. We will also present an interactive speed dating roleplay for participants to see the tools in action.

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Michelle Massi, LMFT

Clinical Specialist, Anxiety Therapy L.A. & UCLA Semel Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Michelle Massi, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. Ms. Massi has a private practice where she specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Ms. Massi provides individual, couple and family therapy to children, teens and adults. Michelle also works at the UCLA OCD Intensive Treatment Program, working one-on-one with patients, as well as leading... Read More →

Ethan S. Smith

Ethan S. Smith currently lives in the Los Angeles area working as a successful writer/director/producer/author and OCD Advocate. Ethan was born with OCD and struggled the majority of his life until receiving life- changing treatment in 2010. Ethan was the keynote speaker at the 2014 annual OCD conference in Los Angeles and is a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.
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Jason Spielman, PsyD

Director of Intensive Treatment Programs, NeuroBehavioral Institute
Dr. Jason Spielman, clinical psychologist, is the Director of Program Services at NeuroBehavioral Institute in South Florida. For over 15 years, Dr. Spielman has helped individuals and families with psychological problems, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder, Tic Disorders, and ADHD. He also facilitates two Adult OCD Support Groups (Boca... Read More →
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Adira Weixlmann

Adira led a regular high school life playing varsity sports, excelling in the classroom, and enjoying time with friends and family. However, following her junior year of high school she was diagnosed with OCD. After receiving intensive local treatment in St. Louis, she decided to attend the OCD Institute's residential treatment program at McLean Hospital in Fall 2008 and again in Summer 2009, becoming much less severely impacted by... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Salon I, 7th Floor