Find out which areas I specialize in
Providing Specialized CBT and Exposure Therapy for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders, I also have positive outcomes in a broad range of treatment areas, ranging from Addiction, Depression, and way more. Many of my clients tell me they are glad that I’m very involved and engaged- compared to other experiences in therapy where therapists have been “aloof” or have not shown them how to take home skills practically.
OCD & Anxiety
OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders- there are effective outcomes when sticking closely to the Gold Standard treatment of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In OCD, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is additionally recommended as the first place to start.
I work successfully with any severity level that is appropriate for outpatient. Whether experiencing mild or severe symptoms, my default clinical goals involve strong assessment, ‘hands-on’ practices together while ensuring clients understand how to implement outside of therapy, and a largely short-term approach for a majority of clients (12-20 sessions), though some spend longer to address higher severity impacts and/or other therapy goals.
If you’re ready to get serious about treatment for OCD and Anxiety and want highly personable care that sees you for the whole person you are, I can’t wait to be of help! I have dedicated my practice to becoming “laser focused” on these domains while also working well with various goals and problems simultaneously. Let’s Get Unstuck.
Also Specialized in
CBT / Exposure Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a mental health psychological treatment, or psychotherapy. The range of problems it treats is broad, from anxiety and depression to substance abuse and relationship problems. It is considered gold standard treatment for a range of problems. Additionally, a subset within CBT is Exposure Therapy (ET or ERP if applied to OCD), a much overlooked, yet well researched and highly effective approach.
Addiction is complex to understand, involving multiple layers of treatment for success. Having strong assessment along with evidence-based practices in a provider who understands the multi-faceted nature of Addiction is crucial.
General Mental Health
The average client seen in the practice has a “comorbid” diagnosis (two or more). With a broad scope of topics successfully addressed, you will get attentive focus on every area of importance where applicable. Nearly 15 years of clinical expertise has developed keen assessment and shorter term therapy for most.
Faith OVER Feelings and Thoughts.
Christian clients who wish to integrate their faith will receive robust integration into the therapy process, where appropriate. This holistic integration encompasses a deeper dive into not only the biological, psychological, and social, but spiritual aspects of a person, as well.
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Research, Practice & Real-Life Application.
the OCD Stories: Walking faithfully as a Christian while doing OCD treatment- considerations and common concerns
I once again joined host Stuart Ralph in the OCD Stories podcast. My prior one, “Faith, Spirituality and Religion in OCD Therapy” (#250), led us to go even deeper into the topic, specifically for Christians who have OCD. These bullet points are a very rough draft of what we covered. Here it is: Justin Hughes: Walking faithfully as […]Read More >
How To Use A Functional Assessment (Fast Version)
This is the shortened version of the article, the “PRO Version” available here. Functional Assessment Defined A functional assessment (or analysis, FA) is a framework that clinicians use to assess and plan treatment. It is simply “any empirical demonstration of a cause-effect relation,” its purpose being “to determine which sources of reinforcement account for problem […]Read More >
Where Your Thinking Will Trip You Up In Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Talk therapy is not the way to improve with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Talk therapy is also known as “supportive psychotherapy” or insight-oriented therapies. In many cases, these approaches can OCD worse. Writer and actress Lena Dunham shares how she experienced both sides of the street. The Gold Standard of treatment is Exposure and Response Prevention […]Read More >
The 3 D’s in OCD Recovery
In OCD therapy (usually Exposure and Response Prevention, or ERP), I tell clients simplistically there is one thing we are targeting: not compulsing. Of course it’s complex and challenging, but the treatment target itself (when it’s just OCD) is rather simple. However, because OCD is one of the most disabling disorders on the face of […]Read More >
How Alcohol Interferes with Getting Over Your Fears (Hint: It Interrupts Fear Disconfirmation)
The Question It was a good question. Anne* suffered extensively with fear, anxiety, and OCD. She wanted any relief she could find. “Can I drink a little alcohol during exposures?” Little Therapist Justin As an early specialist in OCD, I said to Anne my favorite thing to say when I don’t know: “I don’t know.” […]Read More >
Jon Seidl’s “Finding Rest” Book Review
I just finished the soon-to-be released autobiography on a Christian’s suffering with OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Depression. My connection with the author was a special one, after contributing articles to I Am Second myself, one day I looked at the related articles and discovered that someone shared publicly on their struggles with OCD. As […]Read More >
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