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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 who have anxiety disorders or 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

How Do I Know When Therapy Is Done?

As I was checking out the redesigned Anxiety & Depression Association of America’s website (which is really great), I ran across an article called How to Know When to Seek Therapy by Lynn Siqueland, PhD Very timely and always a good topic. It got me thinking about a question I get a lot: How do…

ERP Is Like Rock Climbing (Only Safer)

If you haven’t seen the documentary Free Solo, I highly recommend it. It follows Alex Honnold, a professional rock climber, and his journey to free solo Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan. To free solo means you climb without ropes or harnesses, nothing. If he lets go, he falls. The film is riveting. What I find…

As We Slowly Reopen, What’s Next?

It’s been one year since the shelter-at-home was issued here in Ohio. With the vaccine well underway, it seems that “normal” is coming or at least it’s in our sights. Reopening looks different depending on where you live as well as your personal perspective. When I heard that some states lifted their COVID restrictions, I…

Prepare for ERP in 3 Small Steps

Even when you want to change, the thought of it can be scary. It is for just about all of us, but for those with obsessive compulsive disorder, scary doesn’t begin to describe it. Changing your behaviors is a process, which is a good thing to remember. Knowing it’s not all at once might help…

A 5-Step Process for Staying Sane in Uncertain Times

January and February are such strange months this year. There’s this weird juxtaposition between “new year, new possibilities” and the pandemic’s inherent uncertainty. You have the uncertainty of vaccines, school (in, out, in, out), and hanging out in-person combined with the normal new-year messages. My inbox is filled with promises of a new body, new…

5 Ways to Change Your Relationship with Anxiety

Anxiety is a funny thing. When I tell people my specialty is anxiety disorder treatment, they often reply with, “oh yeah, I have anxiety” or “my __________ has anxiety.” It’s funny, because they’re referring to it as if it isn’t a basic emotion. No one would say, “oh yeah, I have happiness.” They’d say, “I…