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.

9 05, 2017

Perfectionism: When setting high standards backfires

By | May 9th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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 based on self-imposed, highly demanding standards, especially in areas of life that are important to […]

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|

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 a hard place. As awful as OCD is, therapy that involves facing your worst fears may also […]

22 03, 2017

Enhancing Adherence with Bibliotherapy

By | March 22nd, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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. The following guidelines can improve the likelihood that clients will understand and complete self-help readings.

Never assign a self-help reading that […]

1 02, 2017

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

By | February 1st, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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 food and mildew permeate the air. Every nook and cranny is filled with stuff and what paths there are in the […]

6 01, 2017

Shy Kids, Silent Kids

By | January 6th, 2017|Kid Korner|

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 my office. Once there, Margaret burrowed her head into her mother’s side and would not look at me. When I asked […]

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

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 arguing, attention-seeking, lying, and even swearing, hitting, and outright defiance can be incredibly stressful for […]

27 11, 2016

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

By | November 27th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety|

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 is an essential part of treatment for the condition. As you taper sessions with the client, use the times between sessions […]