How Families Can Help a Love One Who Hoards

By

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 […]

May 25th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Two Willingness Strategies in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

            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 […]

May 9th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Perfectionism: When setting high standards backfires

By Joan Davidson, Ph.D.

Co-Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

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 […]

May 9th, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Enhancing Adherence with Bibliotherapy

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Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

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

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. […]

March 22nd, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

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

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Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.

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

 

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 […]

February 1st, 2017|Partner Perspectives|

Preventing Relapse in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Self-Directed Exposures

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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|

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|

Alternative Thoughts: Beyond the Thought Record

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Monique Thompson, Ph.D.

Partner, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy

“Cognitive restructuring” is one of the cornerstone skills of Cognitive Therapy. It involves identifying thoughts that are impacting our mood and considering alternatives that may be more helpful or accurate. Practicing this simple skill allows us to […]

October 2nd, 2015|Partner Perspectives|