Recommendations for Children and Parents: Managing Anxiety and OCD During COVID-19

Recommendations for Children and Parents: 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 Attempt to maintain a routine as much as possible. If you have noticed increases in anxiety or behavioral difficulties during other school breaks, … 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 experiencing heightened levels of stress during the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals with anxiety may start to engage in unhelpful behaviors to … 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 and prevent disruption to your care.

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 with folks in the Exhibition Hall. I came away from the conference with an entire notepad full of ideas, reminders, … 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, and as with all new technologies, you might have some doubts.  Here are seven teletherapy myths and some research about … 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 one another. CBT aims to identify and modify unhelpful thinking and behavioral patterns. One unhelpful set of behaviors targeted in … 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 have been something like “What are we going to do each day?”, “What will the food be like?”, “Will I … 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 on his favorite toy and broke it. How do you react? Your reactions to your children’s unpleasant or negative emotions … 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 by opening up about their own stories of courage, and share deeply thoughtful and wise lessons from their hearts with … 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 heart that Liam thinks I’m a great dancer though, truth be told, I have no rhythm, and that Brodie thinks … Read more