Treating OCD through ERP; Is it Worth it?

How Exposure and Response Prevention Can Treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms Every week, I talk with people struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and those that love them. It’s heartbreaking to hear how lives get smaller as compulsions get bigger. Like a 24-year-old who spends hours washing a certain way out of fear of being...

Ask Joanna: A Therapist’s Advice on School Anxiety

My child had a lot of anxiety at school, but is much better now that it’s summer. Does that mean I should homeschool? I don’t think school is the problem. I think your child’s anxiety is the real bully here.  It’s likely that something in the school environment made your child nervous. For the sake...

Learning to Befriend Anxiety and Tolerate Uncertainty

One of the biggest questions I get asked in therapy is, “How can I get rid of my anxiety or my child’s anxiety?” People are often taken aback when I suggest they stop trying to get rid of it and learn to live withit. Paradoxically, the more you try to get rid of worry or anxiety, the...