RSVP Due TODAY: PHA Luncheon 9/11

Treatment for Primarily Obsessional Postpartum OCD

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Our venue needs an accurate head count TODAY (one week before the event). Please let us know if you can attend. Our speaker has put a tremendous amount of work into what promises to be a great lecture. Please RSVP to Yvonne Rothermel, LCSW, Education Chair at

Friday, September 11, 2015 with Lori Riddle-Walker EdD, MFT

At times distinguishing OCD obsessions from depressive rumination can be difficult. Key issues to assess are the thought content, emotional reaction, and resulting covert behaviors such as mental compulsions, reassurance seeking, and avoidance. Dealing with obsessional content that is both anxiety producing and depressive can create special challenges in treatment. Exposure therapy works well for most cases of obsessional OCD, however, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be effective for those who are unwilling to do exposure, when creating a hierarchy of triggers is impossible, or when exposure is contraindicated for other reasons. The speaker will discuss each of these important issues and provide the audience with concrete and evidence based assessment and treatment techniques.


1) Participants will be better able to diagnose OCD when the content of the obsessions are atypical or are comorbid with depression.

2) Participants will be able to create an effective treatment plan for postpartum OCD.

3) Participants will better be able to avoid treatment pitfalls.

Dr. Lori Riddle-Walker

Dr. Lori Riddle-Walker has worked in her private practice clinic for the past 12 years as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a cognitive behavioral orientation and specializes in exposure based therapies for obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, phobias, and other anxiety disorders.

Dr. Riddle-Walker received her doctoral degree from Argosy University San Diego, where she completed her dissertation research creating and testing a treatment protocol for a specific phobia of vomiting, also known as emetophobia. Dr. Riddle-Walker frequently does consultation, supervises intern therapists, and also provides individual and family therapy, adapting treatment to fit the needs of patients of all ages.

Friday, Sep. 11th, 12-1:30pm

Elijah's new location: 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92111 (East of the 805 at the Clairemont Mesa Blvd Exit)

12:00-12:30: Ordering lunch/networking

12:30-1:30: Presentation

Please RSVP to Yvonne Rothermel, LCSW, Education Chair at

This course meets the qualifications of 1 hour of continuing education units for MFT's, LPCC's, LEP's and /or LCSW's as required by the Board of Behavioral Examiners.

This course is free for current PHA members. If you are not a member and would like a CEU, the course will cost $25. If you are not a member and do not need a CEU, the course will cost $15.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.