Therapy Saved My Life: Part I

A former client shares her intimate journey overcoming specific phobia and OCD. Through a two-part blog series, she shares her challenges, hard work, and how she ultimately overcame her anxiety.             Many patients feel that therapy saved their life. In some cases, that’s true, in a way. Now they have a better life, a happier life, … Read More

Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Houston OCD Program will attend the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) conference this year. Our Behavior Therapist Dr. Ivy Ipkeme Ruths, PhD, will host a workshop Saturday, April 8 at 4:30 PM, titled, “Distinguishing between OCD, OCPD, and ASD: An Interactive, Skills Acquisition Workshop,” which will focus on differential diagnosis between … Read More

A New Year, A Fresh Perspective

By Melissa Fasteau, PsyD I am so excited to have recently joined the Houston OCD Program as the postdoctoral fellow. A postdoctoral position typically offers a unique opportunity to specialize in a subsection of clinical psychology. Treating OCD and anxiety has been a passion of mine since my practicum and internship sites, so I am thrilled to have specialized training … Read More

Year 2: Reflections From a Former Patient

Year 2 WOW I just remembered today that it has been two years since I left for Houston, TX and went to treatment at the Houston OCD Program! I can’t believe it… feels like yesterday! I think of those first few weeks so vividly I was petrified! I thought I was “crazy” and was never going to get better. I … Read More

Children With Perfectionism

Perfectionism can interfere significantly in the lives of children, particularly in the academic domain. There are several signs that your child may suffer from perfectionism. First, if your child takes much longer than normal with homework assignments, perfectionism could be at play. How long homework “should” take may be difficult to gauge, so it can be helpful to check in … Read More

Highlights from the 2016 Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI)

  The Houston OCD Program was excited to partner with the International OCD Foundation to host yet another Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). The BTTI is an intensive three-day training on OCD and related disorders. The training took place April 22nd-24th and 30 clinicians from all over the United States attended as well as three international therapists, from Spain and … Read More

New Parenthood and Anxiety

Welcoming a new child into your family can give rise to a variety of different emotions, ranging from excitement to fear and anxiety. For some new parents, the upcoming birth of a child can give rise to a number of concerns and welcoming a new baby can be particularly difficult if a history of OCD or another anxiety disorder is … Read More

Highlights from the Annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Conference

Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD., ABPP., Jennifer Sy, PhD., and Eeva Edds, MA., LPC-Intern from the Houston OCD Program attended the annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) conference held in Philadelphia, PA, March 31st to April 3rd. The ADAA conference is always a wonderful opportunity to network and catch up on the latest research on anxiety and depression and this … Read More

What’s in Your Toolbox?

When it comes to fixing something in your home or preparing a great meal you need the right tools or ingredients. Taking care of yourself also requires the right tools. For some, there is no thinking needed to do this. However, when you are struggling with an anxiety disorder or depression you must be more active about taking care of … Read More

What Is It Like to Be in Residential Treatment? -A Former Patient’s Perspective

In treating mental health problems there are different levels of care. These levels include (in increasing intensity and amount of support): outpatient, intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization, residential, and inpatient. The lingo can get a bit confusing so here are a few quick definitions. I am currently in residential treatment. College with OCD was becoming very hard to handle and I needed to have more time … Read More