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

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

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

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

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

Coping with Unpleasant Emotions

Coping with Unpleasant Emotions written by Rebecca Suffness, PhD Imagine that your teen is mad that you won’t let her go to a party with friends. Imagine that your child is sad because you stepped … Read more

Camp Courage Reflections: Part II

Camp Courage Reflections: Part II written by: Mary Katherine Callaway, LMSW There is nothing more heart-warming than witnessing children and teens cheer one another on with giddy enthusiasm, encourage their peers to overcome their fears … Read more

Camp Courage Reflections: Part I

Camp Courage Reflections: Part I written by: Misti Nicholson, PsyD My favorite Mother’s Day gift is the ubiquitous “All About My Mom” fill-in-the-blank books that my kids make at school every year. It warms my … Read more


Feel Like You Are Spinning Your Wheels? Try S.M.A.R.T. Goals! Written by: Dr. Samantha Myhre Picture this: It is January 1 and you are excited about the upcoming year. You think about all of the … Read more

How to Get Better Sleep

Tips for Improved Sleep Sleep is something we all have in common. It is essential for promoting physical, mental, and emotional health. However, lots of people struggle to get their Z’s in and sleep problems … Read more

What is Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism is an anxiety-disorder of childhood where a child demonstrates an inability to speak in certain social environments. A child may have difficulty speaking in one environment (speaks at home, but not at school) … Read more