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Friday, July 29 • 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Young Adult Success Panel and Mentoring Program

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If this is your first time at the conference, or you are early on in the treatment process, it is easy to become overwhelmed. In the first part of this workshop, young adults who have successfully completed treatment will detail their experience with therapy, focusing specifically on how they achieved success. The second half of this workshop involves pairing attendees and volunteers in a mentoring partnership. Each mentor will make himself available at certain times during the conference, such as lunch breaks or the Saturday Night Social, to answer questions, encourage young adult interaction, and help make the conference experience a pleasant one. This will be the beginning (or the expansion) of a young adult support system.

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Bryan Ballard

OCD symptoms began for Bryan at the age of 10 and continued through his young adulthood. Not knowing OCD had a name until the age of 18, Bryan set out to explore and understand OCD throughout college and his early twenties. Having experienced group and individual therapies, Bryan's most positive experience came in working with a psychologist well versed in CBT, ERP and ACT. He currently works in multiple hospital systems providing... Read More →

Matthew Codde, MSW

OCD Victory
Matt Codde started experiencing OCD symptoms at the age of 11. Throughout his life he has struggled with different types of obsessions. He received treatment at The Gateway Institute is Orange County, Ca. He completed his treatment, graduated with a Masters of Social Work, and now works as therapist in Orange County. In his spare time he enjoys biking, hiking, beach volleyball, fishing, and variety of other outdoor activities. He... Read More →

Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went to college which left her unable to shower. With the help of ERP, CBT and medication, she is able to manage her OCD and attend college and play soccer. She has... Read More →
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Chris Trondsen

Behavioral Therapist, The Gateway Institute
Chris Trondsen was diagnosed with OCD when he was 20 years old but suffered years before that.  Contamination OCD as well as Checking OCD were the main types of OCD he suffered with.  He received treatment at starting at age 20 at The OCD Center of Los Angeles under Tom Corboy and Karen Pickett and after 14 months of behavioral treatment, he was able to leave therapy and finish controlling his OCD on his own.  Now, 9 years later, he has had... 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 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Salon I, 7th Floor