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The OCD Stories

Podcast created by Stuart Ralph to help dispel misrepresentations and mistruths about OCD. Highlights real stories by …

Just Roll with It: (A Graphic Novel)

Starting middle school is hard enough when you don’t know anyone; it’s even harder when you’re shy. A contemporary middle-grade graphic novel for fans of Guts and Real Friends about how dealing with anxiety and OCD can affect everyday life.

Graphic novel about a middle school girl struggling with OCD and anxiety. Engaging, fun, and poignant look into OCD and how it can impact someone’s life. Great read for pre-teens and their parents who want a way to connect with their child and what they are experiencing.

Kristin Kim-Martin, MEd, PhD
Staff Clinician

The ACT Workbook For Teens With OCD

The ACT Workbook for Teens With OCD is a valuable tool for adolescents and young adults learning how to overcome OCD related compulsions and avoidant behaviors. An activitybased workbook, it teaches adolescents that there is a moment of choice – even when they feel there isn’t – where they can choose how to respond to their obsessions. Based on proven methods such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure and Response Therapy (ERP), adolescents uncover the necessary skills to cope with their behaviors, instead of feeling defeated by them. Easy and understandable, activities include identifying priorities and empowering teens to embark on solutions independently.

Manage Your Stress: 11 Tips for Managing Stress

College is a time of significant transition and discovery. This can be fun and exciting, but also stressful. Whether …

FACT SHEET: Discipline of Students with Disabilities

If a student has an Individual Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan, then there are special procedures that the school …

What Happened to American Childhood?

Too many kids show worrying signs of fragility from a very young age. Here’s what we can do about …

Unlocking Us with Brene Brown

“I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, …

Flusterclux With Lynn Lyons: For Parents Who Worry

Parenting isn’t easy, and it’s normal to worry. Lynn Lyons, therapist, author, and speaker is one of the …

Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting

Raising kids can be a bumpy, stressful, and uncertain process – which is why Dr. Lisa Damour is here to help. The New …

#OCD: Starving The Monster

Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not about having tidy, color-coded closet shelves. Living with OCD is like …

Rethinking Anxiety: Learn to Face Fear

We are hard-wired to shrink away from the things that scare us – to fight, flee or freeze in the face of danger.  …

The Perfectionist’s Handbook

In The Perfectionist’s Handbook, clinical psychologist Jeff Szymanski helps readers navigate their way out of the “perfectionism paradox”: if your intentions are good (wanting to excel) and the outcomes you want are reasonable (to feel competent and satisfied), why would perfectionism backfire and result in unhappiness and stress? Learn when perfectionism will pay off, and when and why it sabotages you. Specific strategies are outlined throughout the book to help readers transform their perfectionism from a liability to an asset.

Talking Back to OCD

Dr. John March’s eight-step program has already helped thousands of young people show the disorder that it doesn’t call the shots – they do. This uniquely designed volume is really two books in one. Each chapter begins with a section that helps kids and teens zero in on specific problems and develop skills they can use to tune out obsessions and resist compulsions.

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls

In the engaging, anecdotal style and reassuring tone that won over thousands of readers of her first book, Untangled, Damour starts by addressing the facts about psychological pressure. She explains the surprising and underappreciated value of stress and anxiety: that stress can helpfully stretch us beyond our comfort zones, and anxiety can play a key role in keeping girls safe. When we emphasize the benefits of stress and anxiety, we can help our daughters take them in stride.

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood

Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions.

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, Elizabeth Lesser offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one – stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world’s great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Julie offers practical strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.

Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success

Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. This book is the culmination of Marc’s development of RULER (a high-impact and fast-effect approach to understanding and mastering emotions) and his way to share the strategies and skills with readers around the world. Permission to Feel combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.

The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction

A highly acclaimed sociologist and coach at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the author of Raising Happiness, Dr. Christine Carter melds research – including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology, and social psychology – with her own real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers. In this book, find practical guidance for: providing the structure teens need while giving them the autonomy they seek; helping them overcome distractions; teaching them the art of “strategic slacking”; protecting them from anxiety, isolation, and depression; fostering the real-world, face-to-face social connections they desperately need; and effective conversations about tough subjects – including sex, drugs, and money.

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

The Self-Driven Child offers a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies drawn from the thousands of kids and teens Bill and Ned have helped over the years to teach you how to set your child on the real road to success. As parents, we can only drive our kids so far. At some point, they will have to take the wheel and map out their own path. But there is a lot you can do before then to help them tackle the road ahead with resilience and imagination.

Superpowered: Transform Anxiety Into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience

With its helpful, hands-on suggestions and tips, Superpowered will be embraced by every kid with insecurities, worries, and anxious thoughts. Renee Jain (founder of GoZen!) and Dr. Shefali Tsabary (New York Times bestselling author and Oprah contributor) make readers the superheroes of their own stories. They introduce a toolkit of easy-to-understand methods for recognizing anxious behaviors, identifying the root causes of worried thinking, and realizing that strength can be found in reclaiming one’s inner superpowers.

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men— and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.

Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment

Written by pediatric anxiety and OCD specialist, Dr. Aureen Wagner, this picture book helps teach kids struggling with OCD about the disorder and its treatment in a fun and creative way by introducing Casey and the Worry Hill. Both children and adults can learn from Casey’s struggle with OCD and his journey towards hope, acceptance, resolve, and ultimately, victory over OCD. Can be used separately and in conjunction with the parent companion guidebook, What to do When Your Child has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions.

What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD

A highly accessible and easy to read illustrated guidebook for kids ages 6-12 and parents on effective CBT techniques used to treat OCD. Both children and their parents will learn about OCD’s sticky thoughts and feelings, and how to unstick from them through interactive examples, activities, and step-by-step instructions.

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety

A highly accessible and easy to read illustrated guidebook for kids ages 6-12 and parents on effective CBT techniques used to treat anxiety. Using fun metaphors, visuals, and activities, children and their parents will learn more about the nature of anxiety and skills that help reduce it in an engaging interactive and clear step-by-step process.

When Harley Has Anxiety: A Fun CBT Skills Activity Book to Help Manage Worries and Fears

Designed for young children ages 5-9, this activity book teaches kids CBT strategies for understanding their emotions and working through anxious situations independently. Guided by Harley the Hedgehog, children and their parents will learn how to be brave and manage anxiety using fun, interactive illustrations and activities (e.g., drawing, crafts, and mindfulness exercises).

Stuff That’s Loud: A Teen’s Guide to Unspiraling When OCD Gets Noisy

An engaging and easy-to-read guidebook for teens that demystifies OCD and teaches evidence-backed ERP and ACT skills to break free from the loud, spiraling OCD thoughts and behaviors that prevent them from living the life they want. With practical strategies and real-life anecdotes from teens who have overcome OCD, this book helps teens and parents approach their OCD treatment in a simple, relatable, and effective way.

Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life

Written by leading OCD specialist, Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz, this empowering workbook is designed to give readers the skills to overcome OCD using highly effective, innovative, and practical skills and techniques. Offers a clear, detailed, step-by-step CBT program that helps explain how OCD works and ways to break free from obsessions and compulsions.

When a Family Member Has OCD: Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to Help Families Affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

This book teaches both anxiety sufferers and their family ways to better understand and communicate with each other when OCD takes over the house. Helps break down myths and misconceptions about OCD alongside simple explanations of how OCD works for great insight into the mind of the OCD sufferer. Also gives an overview of evidence-based treatment (e.g., CBT, ERP, and mindfulness) in plain language.

Thoughts and Feelings (Third Edition): Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life

This book provides methods and skills to address “perfectionism, insomnia, obsessional thinking, shame and guilt, avoidance, bad habits and procrastination.”

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

As frustrating and hopeless anxiety can make one feel, there are methods to help one break free from the burden anxiety presents. In this book, readers are provided with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Also included is learning “how your mind can trap you” and discovering “ways to nurture your capacity for acceptance, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion, and use these qualities to weaken the power of anxiety and fear.”

Unwinding Anxiety

Written by Dr. Judson Brewer, who has over 20 years of experience, this book teaches us how to “map our brains to discover our triggers, defuse them with … curiosity, and to train our brains using mindfulness and other practices that his lab has proven can work.”

If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder

This book provides an in-depth look at social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic disorder. With professional advice and an abundance of information on each type of anxiety disorder, parents will be better equipped to help guide their anxious child.

Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents

This book provides parents with tools on how to change their own behaviors, which could be promoting their child’s anxiety, with more supportive responses to help their child cope. Included are a variety of worksheets to make this an interactive way of learning the new skills.

What to do When Your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions

In this book, Aureen Wagner introduces her own concept of the “Worry Hill” to help treat children with OCD. With her guidance, parents and children can help overcome OCD and all of the debilitating challenges it presents.

Incredibly well-researched and easy to read, this book is a great resource for parents wanting to learn what to do about their child’s struggles with OCD. Using the metaphor of the Worry Hill, this book presents a step-by-step approach to conquering OCD with effective, evidence-based strategies. Written with great empathy and expertise, parents will gain new hope and confidence in helping their child overcome what can be an incredibly heartbreaking and debilitating disorder. Designed to be used alone or with the children’s integrated companion book, Up and Down the Worry Hill.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Hack Your Anxiety: How to Make Anxiety Work for You in Life, Love, and All That You Do

This book helps readers view anxiety in a positive light, and learn how to use it to find success and happiness in their own lives rather than having it consume them.

This book is designed to help readers re-conceptualize anxiety as a positive, motivating life force for good instead of a debilitating and paralyzing condition holding you back from the life you want. Armed with practical, research-based therapeutic tools, case studies, interviews, and personal anecdotes, this book teaches the reader how to harness anxiety as a mechanism for good to foster life changing growth, action, and change.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear and Worry

Based on the idea of the human mind being like a monkey, “constantly chattering, hopping from branch to branch— endlessly moving from fear to safety,” this book uses CBT and ACT skills to help you stop “feeding” the monkey and take control.

Using evidence-based CBT, ACT, and mindfulness techniques, this book is designed to help anxiety sufferers gain deeper insight into their anxiety and ways to manage it successfully. Written in a relatable and humorous way, readers will enjoy learning about their anxiety, ways to recognize when their anxious “monkey mind” is at work, and how to stop feeding it anxious thoughts through plenty of exercises and fun illustrations.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety

Written by Joseph LeDoux, who has been on the forefront of anxiety research, he approaches anxiety as “experiences that we assemble cognitively”. He believes that treatment should include both the conscious and unconscious manifestations of anxiety, and also “explains the science behind fear and anxiety disorders.”

The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It

Anxiety can trick our brains into believing there is danger when, in reality, there is none. This creates an exhausting cycle of doubt and frustration. This read provides individuals with the tools to step back from their anxiety and understand the underlying causes of it rather than trying to avoid or control it.

Based on ACT and CBT, this book helps break down the inner workings of anxiety and teaches how to dismantle the cycle of chronic worrying using simple language and engaging exercises. Readers will learn to think about anxiety in a new, eye-opening way for increased insight, awareness, and ultimately, recovery.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

The Worry Workbook for Teens: Effective CBT Strategies to Break the Cycle of Chronic Worry and Anxiety

This interactive and easy to follow workbook provides teens with cognitive behavioral exercises and tools to help break their cycle of constant worry.

Selected as an Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Recommendation, this book teaches teens how to target chronic, hard-to-control worry with effective, evidence-based CBT skills that help alleviate and prevent worries from escalating into anxiety. Highly interactive with useful exercises that teaches readers the real reasons they worry all the time, strategies for stopping and challenging unhelpful thoughts and worries, and helps build confidence to face their fears.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Why Isn’t My Brain Working? A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover Your Brain’s Health

This read discusses how a variety of neurological issues, such as brain fog, anxiety, depression, and/or lack of motivation, can be traced back to how we fuel our bodies and minds. These symptoms can affect any individual, but can be helped through “lifestyle changes and nutritional therapy,” as presented by Dr. Datis Kharrazian.

The Whole-Brain Child Workbook: Practical Exercises, Worksheets and Activities to Nurture Developing Minds

This workbook provides an interactive experience for readers, allowing the individual to deeply reflect on their parenting approach, and a guide on implementing the concepts that are discussed. Included are “dozens of clear, practical and age-specific exercises and activities.”

Aimed to help guide parents through their child’s cognitive and emotional development, this book presents the neuroscience and psychology behind how the brain works and its connection to a child’s behavior. Written in a very easy-to-read format filled with great examples, this book is an excellent tool for parents to learn how to change the way they respond to challenging behaviors and feel better connected to their children.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Mindful Parenting in a Chaotic World: Effective Strategies to Stay Centered at Home and On-the-Go

In our fast-pace and busy world today, it is easy to lose touch with yourself and those who you love. This book provides mindfulness strategies that can be done anywhere and by anyone to “spread empathy, emotional awareness, and acceptance within your whole family.”

A quick and easy read on how to incorporate mindfulness practice into parenting. Written with humor and authenticity, this book is a very practical tool for increasing self-awareness of your internal world, how it affects other around you, and choosing a better way for yourself and your family.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

The Parallel Process: Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment

Parents of adolescents who are in treatment also need to use that time to focus on what they could be doing to further help their child and family succeed. In this book, Krissy Pozatek takes her years of research to provide parents guidance on how to help their child recognize their emotions, set limits, and gain responsibility and independence.

This book is an excellent resource for parents who are seeking to learn how to emotionally and relationally grow with their children. Using lots of case studies and clear examples, this book teaches parents essential skills, such as increasing emotional attunement and curbing the parental urge to “save” their child, to build healthy parent-child connections and create a supportive environment in the home. Also helps parents gain more insight into their own behaviors and patterns that may be getting in the way of having a better relationship with their children.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Diagonally-Parked in a Parallel Universe: Working Through Social Anxiety

Written by someone who previously struggled with social phobias, this book provides readers with tools on how to take control of their life again. Included to help alleviate pain and work towards one’s goals are “exercises, assignments, and systematic methods” that are proven to help people succeed.

Recommended for both therapists and anxiety sufferers alike, this book offers clear, effective strategies for successfully coping with anxiety. Written with warm empathy, humor, and backed by the latest research on social anxiety, readers will be guided through an interactive process of learning about the disorder and strategies for recovery using step-by-step exercises, assignments, tools, and online and offline resources.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Positive Discipline

This program outlines the ways “young people” can become “responsible, respectful, and resourceful” individuals. The five criteria included are “Kind and Firm”, “Belonging and Significance”, “Long-term Effectiveness”, “Social and Life Skills”, and “Discovering Ones Own Capabilities”.

One of the most highly regarded and referenced books on discipline for the past 25 years, Positive Discipline has been the gold standard text for parents wanting to learn how best to work with their children. Through this book, parents will learn that the core tenet of positive discipline is not to punish, but to build mutual respect through practices that foster cooperative learning and self-discipline. Strategies taught in this book can be utilized with children of all ages – from toddlerhood to the teenage years.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children 

This read provides parents with “common anxiety-enhancing patterns” in behaviors and how to correct them to benefit both parent and child. The skills presented in this book challenge the traditional ways of helping our children while providing “principles that foster change.”

Using the latest research and real-life examples, this book exposes the most common anxiety-enhancing patterns— including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and poor problem solving— and offers a concrete plan with 7 key principles that foster change. Also offers exercises and techniques to help change parental patterns of thinking and behaving that may be contributing to anxiety maintenance for their children.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Freeing Your Child From Anxiety: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and Be Prepared For Life— From Toddlers to Teens

Knowing the difference between momentary stress and a full-blown anxiety disorder is a vital tool parents need to help guide and support their child. In this book, Tamar Chansky provides parents with crucial information on how to “help your child back to emotional safety.”

Incredibly user-friendly guide to strategies that can be used with children to manage their worries and fears. Pays specific attention to common experiences (e.g., test anxiety) and different tips and tricks that can be implemented right away through easy exercises.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional and Behavioral Challenges

Parenting a teen with intense emotions can be extremely difficult. This much-needed book will give you the tools needed to help your teen regulate his or her emotions. In addition, you’ll learn the skills for managing your own reactions so you can survive these difficult years and help your teen thrive.

This book is for parents who have been struggling with their teenage or young adult child’s intense emotions. Based on DBT principles, this book provides both the knowledge and skills parents will need to help bring peace back into the home. Topics include enhancing communication skills, engaging in perspective-taking, and decreasing emotional escalation by increasing personal self-awareness. Written with both the child and parent perspectives in mind, all concepts and strategies are presented in a compassionate and logical manner for easy application.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents


This book provides parents with a science-based program to help their child navigate various types of anxiety. Included in this program are how to help your child with “detective thinking”, rationalizing worries, cognitive behavioral therapy skills and more.

Recipient of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit, this book is for parents who want a clear, effective plan to help address their child’s anxiety. Based on evidence-based CBT principles, this book provides a step-by-step, guided approach to anxiety management which includes information about how anxiety works and appropriate strategies to dismantle the cycle.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD
Director of Training

Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts

This book demystifies troubling intrusive thoughts and the debilitating response to those thoughts.  The authors succeed in making an easy read of a difficult topic by providing psychoeducation, taking the loneliness out of the experience of unwanted intrusive thoughts, and providing a guide for overcoming them.

“This is a perfect place to start understanding that your thoughts are not a measure of your character and that you no longer need to be held hostage by those intrusive thoughts!”

Anja Mubuuke, LMSW
Staff Clinician

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