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Anxiety/OCD

Anxiety can show up in many different ways. Sometimes we see kids avoid things, display big and loud behaviors, engage in repetitive behaviors, or refuse to follow directions. Kids aren’t always good at letting us know how they feel and as parents sometimes these situations feel confusing and we may struggle to know how to respond. At Green Leaf our clinicians work with both kids and parents to build awareness and communication about how kids are feeling and then work with both kids and parents to develop strategies to respond in the best way possible. At Green Leaf we know that anxiety doesn't get better by avoiding it or making ourselves safe. We teach our kids how to be brave and tolerate fear and anxiety so kids can do the things that they find valuable and meaningful. Often we use CBT, specifically exposure and response prevention (ERP) strategies to build bravery. This approach takes a step-by-step to overcoming fears!


It's important to understand that in many ways, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is different from other anxiety disorders. The clinicians at Green Leaf that treat OCD understand the nuances of this distinction and are well-trained in cutting-edge, evidence-based interventions. We use a combination of ERP and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) strategies to treat OCD, interventions that have both been shown, through research, to be effective.

Sandra Concannon

Therapist, LMFT

Orinda

Jack Lindquist

Therapist, AMFT

Orinda

Melissa Weik

Therapist, AMFT

Lafayette

Kiani Alba

Therapist, AMFT

Orinda

Becky Toft

Therapist, LMFT

Orinda

Charlie Crockett

Therapist, AMFT

Lafayette

Merrielle Chevalblanc

Therapist, ASW

Lafayette

Kate Hannon

Therapist, ASW

Lafayette

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