Nuts and Bolts of Imaginal Exposure

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

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

Imaginal exposure involves the client imagining the feared object or situation to evoke fear and anxiety. Research has demonstrated that direct in vivo exposure to feared objects or situations is more effective than imaginal […]

August 5th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety|

Separation, Panic and School Refusal

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

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

 

Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a relatively common disorder in children and adolescents and panic disorder (PD) is a relatively common disorder in adults. Investigators have suggested that SAD and PD may be related […]

June 29th, 2016|Kid Korner, Teen Topics|

Nocturnal Enuresis: Augmenting the Bell-and-Pad

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

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

 

While most pediatricians favor pharmacologic treatments for nocturnal enuresis, there is growing interest in other treatment strategies, in part because of the limited effectiveness of medications (less than 50% increase in dry nights) and high relapse […]

June 1st, 2016|Kid Korner|

Children and Sleep

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

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

Parents tend to sleep well when their children sleep well. Fortunately, things work out just fine for most kids and parents because sleep is hard wired. That is, your child’s brain will get the […]

May 17th, 2016|Kid Korner, Sleep Sense|

What Does OCD Mean Anyway? A Quick Guide for Kids and Families

By

Michael A. Tompkins

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

 

What Does the D in OCD Mean?

Obsessions (the thoughts, images, and doubts that bother and scare you) and compulsions (the things you do and think to decrease your fear and discomfort) are upsetting enough but for some […]

May 4th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Kid Korner|

Applying Lessons from Exposure Therapy to Daily Life

By

Jonathan Barkin, Psy.D.

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

Exposure therapy is often a primary treatment component when working on anxiety. Whether an individual is coming to treatment for a specific fear, social anxiety, OCD, or another type of anxiety presentation, exposure can be […]

April 8th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

National Epidemic of Underslept Teenagers, and What Parents Can Do about It

By

Monique Thompson, Ph.D.

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

A growing body of research shows that we are raising a generation of teens who are over-stressed and under-slept (see SFBACCT partner Daniela Owen’s blog post on the recent Atlantic article on teen suicide HERE). […]

February 22nd, 2016|Sleep Sense, Teen Topics|

The Real Cost of High Achievement… Life or Death Decisions

By

Daniela Owen, Ph.D.

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

In the December 2015 issue of the The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin wrote a thoughtful and haunting piece entitled “The Silicon Valley Suicides: Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?” […]

November 23rd, 2015|Teen Topics|

Does your child have a hard time calming down? Belly Breathing can help

By

Daniela Owen, Ph.D.

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

Does your child have a hard time calming down when she gets angry? Does you child get really worked up when he’s scared? Does your child seem unable to cope with big emotions? Perhaps one of the […]

November 8th, 2015|Kid Korner|

Uncertainty

By

Joan Davidson, Ph.D.

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

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 […]

October 7th, 2015|From OCD to Anxiety|