About Joan Davidson, PhD

Joan Davidson, Ph.D. (14532) is a licensed psychologist and co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Davidson is Assistant Professor in the Clinical Sciences Program at the University of California, Berkeley, Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and an Academy of Cognitive Therapy Certified Trainer/Consultant. To schedule an appointment, contact 510.652.4455 ext. 2. To learn more about Dr. Davidson, visit her profile here.
4 11, 2019

Reflections on Our OCD Awareness Event

By | November 4th, 2019|From OCD to Anxiety|

What are October OCD Awareness events all about?

OCD Awareness Week was launched by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) to serve as an annual  occasion when “community groups, service organizations, and clinics across the US and around the world celebrate throughout the week with events such as educational lecture series, OCD-inspired art exhibits, grassroots […]

9 05, 2017

Perfectionism: When setting high standards backfires

By | May 9th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Striving to do well is a positive attribute as long as there are no negative consequences for doing so. A healthy desire to excel and achieve high standards is one thing. Perfectionism, though, can be problematic if you evaluate yourself based on self-imposed, highly demanding standards, especially in areas of life that are important to […]

12 04, 2017

Why it’s worth it: Committing to ERP for OCD during treatment and beyond!

By | April 12th, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety|

Many people feel hopeful after reading about OCD and learning that treatment may help them.  At the same time, as they learn about what exposure and response prevention (ERP) entails, they often feel caught between a rock and a hard place. As awful as OCD is, therapy that involves facing your worst fears may also […]

7 10, 2015


By | October 7th, 2015|From OCD to Anxiety|

Uncertainty can feel uncomfortable, very uncomfortable. It can feel frightening and even dangerous.  We can’t avoid it, although we often try. Yet, when we learn to work with it and even embrace it, (yes, embrace it!), we can be more open, curious, and free from the struggle of trying to control it.

Uncertainty is a word […]