12 06, 2017

Harnessing Your Attention: A Powerful Tool in Your Parenting Toolkit

By | June 12th, 2017|Kid Korner|

It’s no secret that kids crave attention—in fact, parents’ attention can be the most powerful reinforcement a child can receive. And that goes for positive as well as negative attention—whether you’re complimenting your child or yelling at him. Therefore, it’s important to know how to use your attention wisely.

26 05, 2017

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

By | May 26th, 2017|Teen Topics|

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 finals week.

25 05, 2017

How Families Can Help a Love One Who Hoards

By | May 25th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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 […]

9 05, 2017

Two Willingness Strategies in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

By | May 9th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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 […]

9 05, 2017

Perfectionism: When setting high standards backfires

By | May 9th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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 […]

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|

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 […]

22 03, 2017

Enhancing Adherence with Bibliotherapy

By | March 22nd, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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. […]

1 02, 2017

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

By | February 1st, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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 […]

6 01, 2017

Shy Kids, Silent Kids

By | January 6th, 2017|Kid Korner|

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 […]

5 12, 2016

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

By | December 5th, 2016|Kid Korner|

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 […]