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Laurie Singer on Why You’re Not Crazy: Stop-Choose-Start
Living with Anxiety, Obsessions and Fetishes

Laurie Singer (@laurie_singer) – You’re Not Crazy: Stop-Choose-Start. There is hope for those experiencing anxiety, obsessions, and fetishes. | Brought to you by Raycon ( and Athletic Greens (

Laurie Singer is a board-certified licensed marriage and family therapist in applied behavior analysis. Motivated by the tragic death of her son in the late 80s, she devoted her life to the field of mental health.  She started her own company to create a team approach for helping individuals resolve behavioral and other mental health issues by applying behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Laurie is the author of You’re Not Crazy: Living with Anxiety, Obsessions, and Fetishes.

If we can change our thoughts, we will change our emotions, and then we will change our behavior.

Laurie Singer

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  • Laurie and I discuss how she developed the passion to compete in endurance challenges and what it was like for her to be indoctrinated into the VC Sports Hall of Fame.
  • The impact on her life from the death of her young son.
  • Why does she believe that anyone who is stuck can become unstuck?
  • How she develops plans that help individuals gain confidence by achieving the goals that they set for themselves.
  • How she uses a combination of behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy with her patients.
  • We discussed the strong scientific evidence and understanding that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are highly interdependent.
  • How she helps those who suffered deeply from anxiety and its manifestations and so much more.
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share with us? Drop us a line at [email protected]m!
  • And much more…
129 | You Are Not Crazy | Laurie Singer | Passion Struck with John R. Miles
129 | You Are Not Crazy | Laurie Singer | Passion Struck with John R. Miles

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More About This Show On Why You’re Not Crazy with Laurie Singer

I asked Laurie Singer to detail the approach she took to writing “You’re Not Crazy.”

Laurie explains, “I have six case studies in the book. And each case study, tells a story about the individual and how their behavior manifested. It is about those stories that struck me as success stories. It is unbelievable because some of these patients that come to see me, you never know if they’re going to follow through and come through the other side. And then the ones that do it are just so amazing to me. It’s the human strength and mentality the same as in sports, that if they have that drive, and you’re there to help them through it, they can come out the other side.”

Solution-Focused Therapy

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Laurie and I discussed her approach to how she treats her patients.

Laurie describes it in this way, “I would say that my therapy is solution-focused, you have to be involved in it. I collect data and all of that, though, I write an individual’s individualized behavior plan. And you have to want to change I mean, that’s the bottom line. What’s going on in your life? Are you debilitated right now? Are you stuck? Do you feel like you’re stuck? Let’s get you unstuck. Let’s get you to move forward. You can only be stuck for so long? Or is this the way you want to live the rest of your life?

You have two choices: you can get out of this, and I can help you get out. Or you can stay where you are, which would be a shame because you don’t have to live the rest of your life like this. You have a choice. Let me help you with that choice. And really, that’s one of the reasons why I wrote my book is because I have a lot of physicians in the area, whether there are pediatricians, dermatologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists who refer patients to me because they know that what I do works.

My goal is to give you the tools that you need to help you through this. So you can use them throughout your life.”

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About Today’s Guest Laurie Singer

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Laurie Singer is a licensed marriage and family therapist, board-certified in applied behavior analysis. Motivated by the tragic death of her son in the late 80s, she devoted her life to the field of mental health, starting her own company, Laurie Singer Behavioral Services, with a clear vision in mind: to create a team approach for helping individuals resolve behavioral and other mental health issues by applying a combination of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

In 2010, Laurie was recognized by the Autism Society of Ventura County with the Service Provider of the Year Award. Laurie continues to serve families and individuals in her thriving practice today. In memory of her son, Jacob, she founded the Child Life Program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

In addition to her private practice, she speaks regularly on topics such as parenting skills for those raising special needs children, improving compliance with treatment goals, establishing appropriate personal boundaries, navigating the sexual and social changes associated with puberty, and strategies for reducing anxiety in the face of personal and family challenges.


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John R. Miles is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Passion Struck. This full-service media company helps people live intentionally by creating best-in-class educational and entertainment content. John is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, and author named to the ComputerWorld Top 100 IT Leaders.

John is the host of the PassionStruckPodcast. A show focused on exploring the mindset and philosophy of the world’s highest achievers to learn their lessons to living intentionally. Passion Struck aspires to speak to the humanity of people in a way that makes them want to live better, be better and impact.

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