Employee Spotlight: Bianca Simmons

Hey y’all! My name is Kimberly Simmons, but due to an influx of “Kims” in the workplace I go by Bianca (my middle name). I knew I wanted to help people for as long as I can remember, but I learned I wanted to be a therapist when I took my Introduction to Psychology course freshman year as an undergrad. … Read More

Unbelievable, Mind-Blowing, Amazing, and Life-Changing.

The Houston OCD Program is celebrating 10 years of service to the OCD and anxiety communities. In that time, we have had the honor of treating and working with countless individuals who have allowed us to be a part of their journey. This year, we are excited to bring to the United States what many are calling a “life changing” … Read More

2019 ADAA Recap

The Houston OCD Program was delighted to attend the annual convention of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America in beautiful (and chilly!) Chicago this year. As this year is our tenth anniversary, it was also our tenth appearance at the ADAA conference! We all enjoyed sharing updates with old colleagues, collaborators, and community partners as well as catching up … Read More

A Bergen 4-Day Treatment Success Story: Gunnar Rolland

Gunnar Rolland remembers the exact age, he was 13 years old, when his OCD symptoms first appeared. He tried numerous treatment approaches and finally, 59 years later, at age 72 everything changed! “I had tried so many different therapies, and I had tried over and over to do exposure myself. The result was most often discomfort without change, and I had … Read More

Houston OCD Team Presents at Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference

In April of 2018 Houston OCD Program psychologists Jen Sy, Ph.D., Angela Smith, Ph.D., and Chad Brandt, Ph.D., accompanied by summer residential counselor intern Keith Klein, M.A., presented on OCD treatment at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference in Washington D.C. Their talk, entitled “Challenges in Treating OCD with Co-Occuring ADHD” was attended by other mental health … Read More

An Open Letter About OCD

There are a lot of misconceptions about OCD accompanied by many instances of misuses of the term in the media which can lead to invalidating and diminishing the experiences of those who actually suffer from the clinical disorder. Prompted by Khloe Kardashian’s recent ‘Klo-C-D’ campaign, a brave OCD-sufferer shares her personal and candid account of her own experiences of the … Read More

Houston OCD Program completes the first week-long spring break intensive program!

By: Lauren Esworthy, MA, LPC This year, the Houston OCD Program launched its first Brief Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) over the week of Spring Break. The Brief AIOP offers the opportunity for teenaged clients to participate in intensive therapy without getting behind on schoolwork. All participants attended the Program from 10am-12:30pm the week of spring break. Each day, the … Read More

OCD and Social Anxiety

By: Jennifer Sy, Ph.D. Meeting new people, whether for friendship or dating, is often very intimidating. It can be especially intimidating when you have symptoms of OCD, and is often one of the areas people “get” to work on once OCD symptoms have improved. Here are some reasons that people with OCD often also experience anxiety about making new friends … Read More

2018 BTTI Training in Houston

Specialty OCD Training in Houston! The Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) was recently sponsored by the Houston OCD Program in January 2018.  It is an intensive 3-day training that 28 clinicians from around the United States attended to learn a specialized evidence-based treatment intervention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This treatment, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), is truly the gold … Read More

Effective Goal Setting for 2018

By Ally Frankovich The new year is here! This is the time of the year when many people reflect on the past year and feel energized and motivated to make great plans for the year ahead. However, commonly many new year goals are abandoned and forgotten by the end of January. There are various reasons why we fail to accomplish … Read More