“Written by a gifted, caring clinician and mental health advocate who has OCD, this book walks through mindfulness skills in a careful, step-by-step way that will never overwhelm the reader or abandon them in confusion. Mindfulness is not so much a way out of OCD as a way forward―and this book lights the way. Highly recommended.” ―Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, and Founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
“The Mindfulness OCD Workbook is the missing piece of many OCD intervention books: the concept of acceptance of yourself and your thoughts is all over the book. The book walks you through different definitions, starting with the basics but then goes into very easy-to-do exercises. The accompanying stories are just the right length to show why the exercise may be helpful, and the compassionate layout of the book makes the reader feel understood. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to be more present and kind in their thoughts, and I will use this with clients suffering from OCD to help them feel understood and validated.” ―Lynn Zakeri, LCSW
“This book is a must-have for anyone serious about reclaiming their life from OCD. Robin Kirk and Sarah Fader have produced a workbook that is both enlightening and approachable. Unlike many resources that set readers against their own thoughts and feelings, this book helps readers learn to stop fighting with anxiety so that they can live a more meaningful life. With compassion and down-to-earth language, the authors walk readers from the very basics of OCD to advanced concepts. The exercises contained at the end of each chapter empower readers to make value-driven choices and break the hold of OCD. I am happy to recommend this resource to friends, family, and those with whom I work professionally.” ―Mark Ettensohn, Psy.D.
“The Mindfulness OCD Workbook is an incredibly accessible and practical skill-building resource for those suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The book is written in a very non-judgmental and accepting tone with the reader in mind, as Robin Kirk and Sarah Fader model the very skills they are intending to teach. Following an overview of OCD and the primary evidence-based treatment approaches available, from which the authors draw strategies and techniques, the subsequent chapters comprise seven facets of mindfulness conveyed in a simple, well-organized manner. Each chapter includes a proposed skill-building challenge; common obsessions for which the skill can address; a brief case vignette; various meditative, experiential, and/or written exercises for readers to apply on their own; and encouraging words/affirmations. The exercises are designed to address and transform the effects of unwanted intrusive thoughts while undermining the avoidance-based repertoires that often have a narrowing and debilitating impact on one’s life. I highly recommend this workbook for anyone struggling with obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behavior.” ―Lou Lasprugato, MFT, peer-reviewed ACT trainer
“The Mindfulness OCD Workbook is a beautiful, clear guide to applying the age-old practices of Buddhism―without any religious trappings―to the suffering of obsessive-compulsive disorder. There is suffering in all of our lives; it is unavoidable. OCD is a specific kind of suffering. This heartfelt book allows the practices that have been known to relieve suffering to be specifically available to those suffering from OCD. Deep gratitude to Robin and Sarah for this contribution to the care and treatment of OCD.” ―Augusta Hopkins, Meditation/Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher and Community Dharma Leader
“Kirk and Fader have contributed a useful and compassionate guide to coping with intrusive thoughts. The Mindfulness OCD Workbook sparkles with kindness and clarity. Each readable section builds on the next, teaching us how to grow skills we need to drop the struggle with intrusive thoughts and anxiety. Easy to pick up and hard to put down, this book is a welcome companion for people struggling with OCD.” ―Judith Hill-Weld, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
“This workbook is a true present (that is, gift) to the OCD community because it offers the present (that is, the here-and-now) to anyone with OCD. And what a gift that is for those of us living with a disorder marked by pervasive fears about what might have happened in the past and what could happen in the future. By infusing proven anxiety treatment strategies with established mindfulness techniques, Robin Taylor Kirk and Sarah Fader have given us a simple but powerful framework for reclaiming what OCD all too often pilfers: the very moments in which we are truly present!” ―Jeff Bell, author of When in Doubt, Make Belief
“This workbook is a great introduction to mindfulness for people experiencing intrusive thoughts as part of OCD. It is beautifully presented, with examples and exercises that can be personalized to the individual. Written by experienced mental health practitioners who practice mindfulness, one of whom has lived experience of OCD, there is an authentic connection to the reader. As a CBT therapist I would recommend this workbook to my clients to support the work we do in therapy. Equally, the book would work as a self-help guide.” ―Dr Helen Moya, CBT