Parenting in a Pandemic: Bribing and Threatening

Given that families are spending more time together during the COVID-10 pandemic, conversations about the idea of “bribing” or “threatening” children and teens seem to have increased. Many adults struggle with the language needed to … Read more

Talking to Kids about Race and Racism

Talking to Kids about Race and Racism Written by: Jordan Levine, PsyD The police killing of George Floyd in May has caused increased awareness of and protests against racial inequity across America. Many parents are … Read more

Online Teen Social Anxiety Group

Online Social Anxiety Therapy Group for Texas Teens Our popular teen social anxiety group has moved online! This group is a great fit for teens who experience anxiety in social and evaluative situations. Common social … Read more

Teletherapy – A Psychologists’ Reflection

Lessons Learned in Teletherapy: A Psychologists’ Reflection on Practicing During the COVID-19 Crisis by Erika J. Vivyan, PhD The past several weeks have been some of the most rewarding and frustrating in my career as … Read more

COVID-19 Shelter In Place Anxiety

Coping with Social Distancing

STAYING UP WHILE STAYING IN Social distancing and shelter-in-place orders are vital for the health of our communities right now AND they are difficult adjustments to make. We are all social beings at our core, … Read more

Top Ten Teletherapy Tips for Kids & Teens

Top Ten Teletherapy Tips for Kids & Teens Written By: Dr. Erika Vivyan Much of the mental health community is moving to teletherapy.  While some parents and providers have experienced this type of therapy before, … Read more

Managing Anxiety and OCD During COVID-19

Managing Anxiety and OCD During COVID-19 Written By: Amanda Hilberg, Psy.D., Ellie Jin, Ph.D., Samantha Myhre, Ph.D., Rebecca Suffness, Ph.D.. Lauren Weathers, Ph.D. Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows   Many individuals, with and without anxiety alike, are … Read more

COVID-19 Response

Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists will remain here for you in the upcoming weeks! Your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. Here is what we are doing to keep you safe … Read more

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment

written by: Dr. Erika Vivyan The assessment process for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is often confusing. While most children with ASD symptoms are identified at school and evaluated for Special Education Services or an Individualized … Read more

New Year’s Resolutions

Written by: Dr. Erika Vivyan New Year’s resolutions often fail.  Maybe you’re not meeting the goals that you set for yourself.  Maybe you’ve experienced major success this year!  To re-energize your 2020 resolutions, refine them … Read more

Lessons from the 26th Annual OCD Conference

written by: Dr. Erika Vivyan Last month, a few of my colleagues and I attended the annual OCD Conference put on by the International OCD Foundation. We participated in training sessions, attended presentations, and spoke … Read more


Written by: Dr. Erika Vivyan HOW PSYCHOLOGICAL DIAGNOSES HELP & HURT I had a conversation the other day about the pros and cons of a psychological diagnosis. In the psychology world, a diagnosis serves many … Read more

Blog Post: Teletherapy Myths Debunked written by: Dr. Erika Vivyan Teletherapy, also known as telehealth or videoconferencing psychotherapy, is essentially using video calling technology to talk with a therapist.  This is a fairly new practice, … Read more

Safety Behaviors

Safety Behaviors: Why We Do Them and How CBT Can Help! written by: Samantha Myhre, PhD Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) suggests that our thoughts, feelings/emotions, and behaviors are all connected to one another and influence … Read more

Camp Courage Reflections: Part III

Camp Courage Reflections: Part III Written by: Samantha Myhre, PhD Many of us remember arriving to summer camp when we were young. Just thinking about it can bring back that butterfly-in-the-tummy feeling. Our thoughts might … Read more