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|

Preventing Relapse in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Self-Directed 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 […]

October 29th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

When the Winnie-the-Pooh Cup is Half-Empty: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Depressed Children

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

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

A clinician recently told me that cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) wasn’t appropriate for children because it was “too cerebral.” I asked her what she meant by this and she said that CBT just wasn’t any […]

October 19th, 2016|Kid Korner|

Behavioral Treatment for Tourette Disorder and Motor Tics

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

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

Tourette disorder is a chronic neurological condition characterized by brief, rapid movements (motor tics) such as blinking, sniffing, or tongue thrusting) or sounds (vocal tics) such as throat clearing, grunting, humming. However, both motor […]

September 30th, 2016|Kid Korner|

The Many Faces of Bullying Part 1: Face-to-face exclusion

By

Daniela Owen, Ph.D.

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

 

In an age of parents sticking up for their children regardless of how wrong their children’s behavior is, Leslie Blanchard’s post “4th grader comes home with disturbing news – then mom realizes her ‘worst nightmare’ is coming […]

September 9th, 2016|Kid Korner, Teen Topics|