"To cage the beast – this is a statement I use when describing my obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When meeting other sufferers, I am always fascinated to learn that many of them can remember a ...
I know today, Tuesday October 10, 2017 is "World Mental Health Day," but after reading all of the posts on Twitter, FB, Huff Post, and others I won't mention, its obvious that we need 364 other days a year that make it ok to talk about mental health, treatment, suicide, stigma, anxiety, peer pressure, the effects of divorce and substance abuse, the effectiveness of certain talk therapies and medications and the clear ineffectiveness of others.
I know me and my colleagues live in a small bubble where this topic is discussed every day of the week, for one reason or another, and it's my hope that those of you who don't do this professionally find the courage to talk, have the patience to listen, and take the time to care for one another.
I will keep the details private, but tonight, I spent the evening personally and professionally speaking to someone I care for dearly about her struggles, fears, sense of feeling crazy at times, and wants for it all to go away, right away. We tearfully discussed medication, CBT for her anxiety struggles, hope, pain, her courage, and how strong she is. My training, passion for what I do, and pure luck being in this persons life made today bigger than World Mental Health Day for me, and when she wakes up tomorrow, her battle begins again, but she is not alone I her fight. NEVER.
If you ever read this, I hope you know that you are loved by so many, that you are not alone, and that there are amazing professionals who have dedicated their professional lives for the exact moment we had tonight. I am grateful you chose me to be there for you and teach you how beat back your monsters, and I hope the days gets easier for you moving forward. My door is always open to YOU and anyone in need.
If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, or simply struggling to feel at peace, please don't face it alone. Get help, ask whomever you have to, but know that there are professionals and friends standing by if you are in need.
Dr. Grace Barnes, you classed up this joint the day you started. Your newly designed office is stunning and the level of warmth, maturity and strength you bring to your clients is undeniable. Our team is better with you on it. We wish you the happiest of birthdays! ... See MoreSee Less
Always great to hear about local, regional, and national IOP services for OCD and anxiety. Great job UCLA, even if you are on the other side of the country. For those that don't know, Spitalnick & Associates also offers IOPs for OCD and severe anxiety such phobias, social anxiety, and selective mutism.
One of Lindsey Bergman’s patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder was afraid of black cats because he felt they were associated with bad luck.After participating in research-based therapy at UCLA...
Great job Vogue for continuing to reaffirm that value, benefit and science of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. This time, for sleep! CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I) is easily one of the most effective methods of re-establishing healthy sleep, with most credible studies showing significant sleep improvements in over 70% who use CBT-I.
Its not a pill. Its not an app. Its not a device. you cant buy it on amazon. Your GP can't prescribe it. What is it: Tried and true behavioral, cognitive, physiological, and emotional skills implementation. Its what we do all day long with many problem areas.
Our practice is a CBT specialty practice. We are here to help. We rely solely on evidence-based practices. #CBTworks ... See MoreSee Less
THANK YOU Yale OCD for distinguishing between "talk therapy" and ERP (and really any exposure therapy for that matter). Behavioral therapy and exposure therapy IS the gold standard for most specific anxiety disorders. #CBT #ERP ... See MoreSee Less
Although this article refers to "talk therapy," participants in this study underwent exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. ERP is the most effective form of behavioral treatment for OCD. Thi...
We are pleased to announce that our offices are open again tomorrow September 13, 2017 starting at 7:30 AM. Power is fully restored. Thank you to Georgia Power, the Dunwoody Police Department, and any local emergency responders for keeping our community very safe. ... See MoreSee Less
For those still checking in on us, the area of Dunwoody (Dunwoody Village) where our offices are has no power. Therefore, our offices have no power and our office is still closed. As of 6pm tonight (9/12/17), all appointments before noon tomorrow (9/13/17) will have to be rescheduled. Please call your doctor's direct line at 678-825-2320 if you have any immediate needs or schedule requests. Updates will be posted at 9am tomorrow for appointments on 9/13/17. Be safe, stay dry, and help out your neighbors if they are in need. ... See MoreSee Less
Not news to us, but maybe to you: CBT is effective at treating pediatric anxiety (legit research) -CBT significantly improved primary anxiety symptoms, remission, and response compared with wait-listing/no treatment -Primary anxiety symptoms were reduced more with CBT than Prozac -Remission was improved more with CBT than Zoloft -Adverse events were common with medications but NOT CBT -The combination of CBT and SSRIs is effective at treating anxiety
Finding a qualified CBT therapist isn't easy. We are here to help you and your family sift through the myriad of good therapists out there to find one that is CBT trained and specialized. Even if you don't see us, we are happy to recommend web resources and provider lists that direct you to CBT therapists. #CBTworks ... See MoreSee Less
(HealthDay)—Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are effective for reducing symptoms of anxiety in childhood, according to a review published online...
Don't miss the first Parent Toolbox Series this Friday @ 8 am. Speaker Dr. Josh Spitalnick (Spitalnick & Associates) will discuss "How to Help You and Your Family Cope with Anxiety". Join us for commu...
An excellent commentary on the failed expectations we have as parents for our children to be more appreciative for all we do for them...a definite must read to change YOUR thinking about how to take back control and confidence so your kids learn from this, not by trying to make THEM "happier". Thanks to AQ for posting this elsewhere. ... See MoreSee Less
Continuing our theme of sharing BFRB info this month, this FREE webinar by TLC and our esteemed colleague Dr. Fred Penzel is a great opportunity to learn about the kind of treatment offered at KCCAT f...
One of our favorite quick reads lately on the web. To the point, practical, great suggestions, and though very common sense information, easily forgotten in the age of technology, over scheduling, over emphasis on GPAs, and lack of community service and sense of community. #parentsriseup
Spitalnick & Associates is dedicated to providing effective, evidence-based psychological services and Dr. Nasser is no different. As a CBT specialist, she brings an extraordinary wealth of clinical sophistication and expertise in treating OCD, anxiety, eating disorders, and body image concerns, among other problem areas. Moreover, Dr. Nasser is specialized in providing Exposure Therapy for OCD, Social Anxiety, Phobias, and other anxiety disorders and family-based therapy for eating disorders. She sees children, teens, and adults.
With an educational and training background that includes Duke University, Case Western Reserve University, and Emory University, a strong background in research and publications, and being fluent in English and Spanish, the team at Spitalnick & Associates couldn't be more thankful to have Dr. Nasser join us.
Serving Atlanta and the outlying areas, our practice is always accepting new patients. We have 4 psychologists providing therapy services and 2 psychologists providing psychoeducational testing services.
If you'd like to make a new patient appointment, simply call 678-825-2320 or visit our website for additional information (spitalnick-associates.com).
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Jessica Nasser to the family!! ... See MoreSee Less