Recognizing Ambivalence When Treating Hoarding Disorder

By

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

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

 

Ambivalence – and a great deal of it – is a typical feature of hoarding disorder. Even clients who seek treatment for this debilitating condition bring considerable ambivalence to the goals and tasks of the […]

January 6th, 2018|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

Does My Loved One Have Hoarding Disorder (HD)?

By

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

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

 

The visible signs that a loved one has Hoarding Disorder (HD) can, in some cases, be pretty obvious.  It’s difficult to walk through rooms in your loved one’s home because of the large number possessions. […]

December 16th, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Harm Reduction for Hoarding Disorder

By

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

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

 

Hoarding disorder (HD) is a complex condition that affects approximately two to five percent of the population. Hoarding disorder is included in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) […]

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

Addressing Family Accommodation in the Treatment of Pediatric Anxiety and OCD

By

Emily Berner, MFT

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

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 […]

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

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|

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|

From Kazoos to Spider Rings: Prolonged Exposure with Kids

By

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

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

 

Exposure appears to be the key change-producing procedure in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and phobic disorders in children. Successful exposures depend on the clinician’s ability to engage the child in anxiety-provoking tasks. Successful […]

August 19th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Kid Korner|

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|

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|