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Pediatric OCD
Inspirational Quotes
Mindful Choices
It's a Boy!
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Fall 2013

This week is OCD Awareness Week so it seems fitting that we will highlight Exposure and Response Prevention as the evidence-based treatment of choice for OCD. The International OCD Foundation is leading a series of events around the country. You can learn more about OCD events by clicking here: OCD Awareness Week Events. To see the schedule of local OCD support group meetings around the Bay Area, click here: OCD Bay Area.

I just got back from Pediatric OCD Behavior Therapy Training Institute at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin. In this issue, I outline the treatment for children and teens with OCD.

Don't miss the quote about Facing Your Fears by Eleanor Roosevelt. This quote epitomizes the treatment of anxiety and OCD. Paradoxically, we must welcome and approach what we fear in order to overcome it.

The final article this month is about making Mindful Choices instead of automatically engaging in mood-dependent behavior. You will learn how to be in charge of your emotions instead of engaging in actions that cause shame and regret.

Don't forget to check out Caitlyn's cute baby boy!

If you have feedback about the topics in the newsletter or want to suggest subjects for future articles, feel free to email me at

Laura Johnson
Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center


Pediatric OCD

OCD in Children and Teens

I attended the OCD Foundation's first-ever Behavior Therapy Training Institute on Pediatric OCD, which was held at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin in mid- September. The main components of OCD treatment for children and teens include:

  • Education/Rapport Building (what is OCD?, building the client's trust)
  • Cognitive Therapy (motivation, naming and externalizing the OCD, responding to content vs themes, etc)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (identifying triggers and gradually exposing the child until anxiety declines without engaging in rituals)
  • Family Therapy (teaching parents how to help their child)


Inspirational Quotes
Face Your Fears 
Mindful Choices
Mindful Behavior vs. Mood-Dependent Behavior

When you are engaging in a mood-dependent behavior, you are acting on your underlying emotional state. Later on, you may feel guilt and shame about your actions. In the moment, however, you acted on your emotions without thinking because it would have been too uncomfortable to pause and practice tolerating the discomfort of a negative emotion, thought or bodily sensation. Instead, you chose an action that could instantly bring some relief. 


You are not doomed to a life of engaging in mood-dependent behaviors. Instead, you can learn to make mindful choices by purposefully engaging in strategic behaviors that will help you manage your emotions and direct your actions toward your values and goals.


Click here to learn about Mindful Choices.


It's a Boy
Welcoming Caitlyn Oscarson's Baby

On September 19, the stork delivered Ellis Gray Oscarson to the Oscarson Family. He weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Caitlyn and Ellis are doing well, although not getting much sleep. Caitlyn is excited about returning to work in January.
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I hope you enjoyed this newsletter and found at least one idea that will help you make some positive changes in your life. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others who may benefit. 


Warm regards,


Laura L.C. Johnson, MBA, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley
Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley provides evidence-based therapy for adults, children and teenagers with anxiety, OCD and related problems.