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

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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

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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|

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|

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|