How to Survive Finals: Tips for being prepared and coping well with the intensity of finals

By

Daniela Owen, PsyD

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

Finals time of year can be intense. Let’s be honest, for many students, it is the most stressful time of the year. Here are some tips that can help finals-takers with managing time, managing stress, and having a successful […]

May 26th, 2017|Teen Topics|

How Families Can Help a Love One Who Hoards

By

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

If your loved one suffers from hoarding disorder, you’ve likely tried to help. You may have offered to clean her home or to hire someone to do it. You may have suggested that your loved […]

May 25th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Two Willingness Strategies in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

            Although cognitive-behavior therapy helps many clients with anxiety disorders, the exposure tasks, which are central to overcoming an anxiety disorder, are not easy. Because exposure to anxiety-evoking situations is difficult, attending to your client’s willingness throughout […]

May 9th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Perfectionism: When setting high standards backfires

By Joan Davidson, Ph.D.

Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

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 […]

May 9th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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

By Joan Davidson, PhD

Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

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 […]

April 12th, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety|

Enhancing Adherence with Bibliotherapy

By

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

Self-help reading is often assigned as an extra-therapy activity and, like any homework assignment, thoughtful planning on the part of the therapist can mean the difference between a homework assignment that is completed or not. […]

March 22nd, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Ten Early Signs that Your Loved One May Have a Hoarding Problem

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

The signs of someone with a significant hoarding problem are obvious. Floorboards rot and sag under the weight of tons of paper and garbage. Food containers litter the home and the smells of rotting […]

February 1st, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Shy Kids, Silent Kids

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

I met Margaret when she was 5-years old. She wore faded overalls inherited from her older brother that her mother had embroidered with flowers, stars, and hearts. Her mother had to pull Margaret into […]

January 6th, 2017|Kid Korner|

Doing it Backwards: Why Addressing Misbehavior Starts with Positive Reinforcement, Not Punishment

Part 1 in a series on effectively managing challenging behavior in children

By Emily Berner, LMFT

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

Most children have their fair share of behavioral challenges, but for some, these can be especially intense, leaving the whole family exasperated. Difficult behaviors like backtalk, incessant […]

December 5th, 2016|Kid Korner|

Preventing Relapse in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Life-Style Exposures

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic condition and therefore even following an effective treatment, your client always and will forever face the possibility of relapse. Assisting the client to manage the risk of relapse […]

November 27th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety|