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What’s the difference between worry and anxiety? How can I best parent my anxious child? How do I date after a divorce? Does my child have OCD? Are your thoughts intrusive?

If you’re asking these types of questions, you’re not alone. Welcome.

My specialties and expertise are focused on treating adults and children who have anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, are going through life transitions (like life after divorce), or who would like help with their parenting skills.

I prefer the down-to-earth approach, so I translate the evidence-based research and give you useable solutions. I listen to your needs and then together we develop a plan that feels doable and that includes milestones to note improvement. Believe it or not, therapy shouldn’t be boring or stodgy, and it shouldn’t last forever.

Conversations with Joanna

Tips to Talk to Your Kids about Therapy

Even though their mom was a therapist, my kids complained when they were little about seeing one. Looking back, I completely own that I probably didn’t present the whole thing very well. Ok I know I didn’t, because they thought they were the only ones who needed it (SO not true) and that it did…

Let’s Get You UnStuck!

Last week, I tried to help you figure out if you’re stuck. Acknowledging that you’re stuck is important, because we cannot fix something if we don’t know it needs fixing. So I know you’ve been waiting for the answer to the question how do I get myself unstuck? … drumroll … To best answer this,…

5 Lessons from the College Admissions Scandal

As I read about the college admission scandal, I find myself filled with equal parts of anger and sadness. So much so that I felt compelled to write this. I’m angry with the parents and the broken system, and I’m sad for the kids, many of whom had no idea their parents were engaging in…

3 Ways to Tell If You’re Stuck

As part of my Behavior Therapy Training Institute Certification for Pediatric OCD, I had the amazing experience of having Dr. Marty Franklin as my faculty consultant. As we were discussing some of my cases, he said to me “He who values comfort over function shall have neither.” These words have stuck with me, because they resonate…

Healing from Infidelity: Part Two

Last Monday, we introduced the first phase of Ester Perel’s Healing from Infidelity, called the Crisis Phase. Today, we’re going to learn about phase two, which is called the Making Meaning Phase. This phase happens whenever we’re able to see through our emotions. There’s no timeline for this, so please don’t hurry yourself. It’ll happen…

Healing from Infidelity: Part Three

This is the final article in our three-part series about Ester Perel’s Healing from Infidelity phases. If you’re just joining me, you can read about Phase One here and Phase Two here. It recap, I’d like to share with one of my favorite quotes from her book The State of Affairs about Phases 1 and…