1 12, 2017

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Harm Reduction for Hoarding Disorder

By | December 1st, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

Hoarding disorder (HD) is a complex condition that affects approximately two to five percent of the population and is a difficult problem to treat. However, researchers have developed a special form of cognitive-behavior therapy that is promising for the treatment of the condition. For those who don't seek treatment, communities have undertaken harm reduction approaches.

30 09, 2017

Addressing Family Accommodation in the Treatment of Pediatric Anxiety and OCD

By | September 30th, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

As a clinician specializing in the treatment of pediatric anxiety and OCD, I am very fortunate to have access to so many effective interventions designed to treat the children suffering from these disorders. However, as anyone who works with this population knows, addressing the child’s symptoms is only half the battle.

1 09, 2017

Responding to Ambivalence in People Who Hoard

By | September 1st, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Ambivalence – and a great deal of it – is a typical feature of hoarding disorder. Given the considerable ambivalence of most clients with this condition, clinicians want to take care to avoid inadvertently shutting down the client’s motivation to work on the problem. Here are typical ways clinicians shut down motivation when treating hoarding disorder.

4 08, 2017

Sleep Hack

By | August 4th, 2017|Sleep Sense|

We hear a lot about “life hacks,” simple things that we can do to improve our lives. Research shows that the #1 life hack is better sleep. Better sleep improves your health, mood, performance at work or school, even your social life. Did you know that you look more attractive to others when you have had a good night sleep?

25 07, 2017

Handling Poor Treatment Response with Adolescents

By | July 25th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Psychotherapy with adolescents is a difficult proposition. Research suggests that adolescents do not do as well as adults in psychotherapy and that they tend to dropout or refuse treatment more often. The cognitive-behavioral treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is no exception.

25 07, 2017

Little Worriers

By | July 25th, 2017|Kid Korner, Partner Perspectives|

Worries and fears are a typical part of early childhood. Most children outgrow their fears with little or no impact on their social, emotional, or intellectual development. Little worriers, on the other hand, do not outgrow their fears and over time experience a myriad of problems.

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|

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 one meet with a therapist or talk about the problem with a doctor; you may have purchased books on the […]

9 05, 2017

Two Willingness Strategies in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

By | May 9th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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 treatment is essential to a good outcome. Here are two standard cognitive-behavioral strategies to enhance willingness.