16 02, 2018

Collaboratively Talking With Your Teen About Anxiety

By | February 16th, 2018|Partner Perspectives, Teen Topics|

Trying to have collaborative discussions with your teen can be difficult. Talking about anxiety, which can bring on stress just by mentioning it, can be especially challenging.

16 02, 2018

Six Tips for Assigning Therapy Homework with Teens

By | February 16th, 2018|Partner Perspectives, Teen Topics|

"The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: CBT Skills to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety" includes many activities that will help your teen clients feel more relaxed and worry free.

6 01, 2018

Recognizing Ambivalence When Treating Hoarding Disorder

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

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 treatment.

16 12, 2017

Does My Loved One Have Hoarding Disorder (HD)?

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

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. It’s difficult for your loved one to locate or to store items in the home because of clutter covers every surface and blocks access to rooms, closets, and storage spaces.

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.

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.

25 05, 2017

How Families Can Help a Love One Who Hoards

By | May 25th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|


Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

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

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 […]