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Saturday, July 19 • 2:00pm - 3:45pm
The Myth of Pure O: Strategies for Battling Mental Compulsions

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Many individuals with OCD exhibit few, if any, obvious compulsions. But for these sufferers, their compulsions are occurring primarily in their own minds. While this is colloquially known as “Pure OCD” (or “Pure O”), the term is an unfortunate misnomer. So-called “Pure O” actually consists of obsessions, seemingly limitless mental compulsions, and plenty of suffering. This panel discussion will explore some of the sub-types of OCD that are often described as “Pure O,” including Homosexual OCD (H-OCD), Harm OCD, Relationship OCD (R-OCD), and Scrupulosity. We will also demonstrate how those with Pure O exhibit numerous compulsive behaviors, and will examine the treatment techniques that have shown the most effectiveness in managing this side of OCD. 


Tom Corboy, MFT

Executive Director, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Tom Corboy, MFT, is the Executive Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, which he founded in 1999. Tom received his master's degree from the Department of Counseling Psychology at USC in 1993, where his graduate thesis was a study comparing various treatments of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Since then, his training and clinical experience have been focused exclusively on the treatment of OCD and related OC Spectrum Disorders. In... Read More →
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Kimberley Quinlan, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Kimberley Quinlan, MFT, is a licensed staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she dedicated much of her research to the study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders. She previously spoke as part of a panel discussion on mental compulsions at the 2011 IOCDF conference. She has... Read More →

Laura Yocum, MS

Staff Therapist, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Laura Yocum, MS, PPS, is a staff therapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. She received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her School Counseling / Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential at California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Laura specializes in CBT for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders including OCD, Trichotillomania, and Skin Picking Disorder. She has run a weekly group... Read More →

Saturday July 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Constellation II, Plaza Level