From the Anxiety & OCD Center

Check out Dr. Erwin’s presentation on Effective Evidence-Based Interventions for Anxiety in Students.

August 4, 2016

Maximizing Treatment Effectiveness for Social Anxiety Disorder

A wealth of empirical evidence suggests that cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) is the first-line treatment of social anxiety disorder (SAD). The effectiveness of CBT is maximized when treatment targets both situation-specific triggers (for instance, if I give […]
August 4, 2016

How OCD and Other Anxiety Disorders Function

All the anxiety disorders, including OCD, function similarly. An obsession is any thought or action that causes anxiety to increase. A compulsion is any thought or action that causes anxiety to suddenly decrease. When an obsession […]
August 4, 2016

Trichotillomania and Skin Picking

Trichotillomania is a disorder in which people pull out hair from various parts of their body (e.g., their scalp, face, arms, legs), or sometimes from their pets. In many instances the hair pulling results in bald […]
August 4, 2016


Hoarding is a form of OCD. People who hoard compulsively acquire and resist discarding possessions or information, even when those possessions create negative consequences for the client and their family members. Commonly hoarded items include mail, […]
August 4, 2016

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms and Causes

Considered by some to be the ‘basic’ anxiety disorder (Rapee, 1991), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by both cognitive (thought) and physical symptoms. People with GAD experience excessive anxiety and worry that is difficult to […]
August 4, 2016

Coaching for Confidence

An excerpt from the Coaching for Calm and Confidence™ Program Understanding confidence allows us to create and nurture a confident presence. A confident presence conveys two things: 1. a sense of assurance in a purpose, and […]
August 4, 2016

Coaching for Parenting that Works

An excerpt from the Coaching for Calm and Confidence™ Program Whether we notice it or not, we are role models for our children. Certain things stress us out, frustrate us. We all at different points say, […]
August 4, 2016

Coaching for Happy Relationships

An excerpt from the Coaching for Calm and Confidence™ Program Dating is a unique period of time during which we are focused on the other person. There are behaviors that go along with this other-centered perspective. […]
August 4, 2016

Treating and managing anxiety in school

Treating anxiety that occurs in school includes using strategies that have been shown through research and clinical experience to be effective, and using temporary accommodations at school, which allow the child to work gradually on the […]