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Want to understand the Neurodiversity Spectrum, Anxiety, OCD Spectrum, and/or Relationships? Or simply get advice and reading recommendations? Welcome to Dr. G's blog!

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OCD

How Does Therapy Work for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the “gold standard,” or the treatment of choice, for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  At Spectrum Connections Therapy, I use a combination of evidence-based approaches to treat OCD which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also use a family

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Neurodiverse Couples

Attachment Styles 101

Attachment styles are part of attachment theory in psychology, developed by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. They help outline how we think, feel, and act in our relationships. Parents this post may be helpful as you think more about your relationship with your child and how you can support healthy and secure attachments in your family.

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Autism

Autism Parenting in a Pandemic

We are not all in the same boat, but we are certainly all in the same storm… The COVID-19 pandemic has been an uncertain and stressful time for all of us. Add being a parent of a neurodivergent child can add another complex layer of challenges while parenting and navigating the school system during COVID-19.

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OCD

The Autism Spectrum & OCD Spectrum Connection

Autism Spectrum Disorders & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children, Adolescents & Teens: Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have an increased risk of experiencing an anxiety disorder and/or a diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Therefore, at Spectrum Connections Therapy, I specialize in treating the behaviors that show up with ASD and OCD together or alone. https://spectrumconnecttherapy.com/my-specialties/

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Anxiety

Lazy Eight Breathing: Breathing Technique for Anxiety

Do you or your loved ones live with anxiety? When anxiety shows up, it often can leave a sense of breathlessness or a feeling like you can’t catch your breath. This can be very uncomfortable and even more anxiety-provoking. This post is the second in a series of breathing exercises to try when you feel

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Autism

Let’s Stop Trying to Cram Square Pegs into Round Holes…Shall We?!

At Spectrum Connections Therapy, I am passionate about supporting neurodivergent individuals, parents and families. While I support individuals of all ages across the lifespan, this post will focus on parenting. You may be wondering what does it mean to be neurodivergent?  Some common diagnoses that fall into the neurodiversity realm that I specialize in are:

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Anxiety

Breathing Technique for Anxiety

This will be part of a series of tips and tools to help with managing and understanding anxiety. Breathwork can be helpful when learning to manage your anxiety when it shows up as it helps ground us and calms down the nervous system when we are in fight or flight mode.  Breathing correctly and with

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Anxiety

Values… Are Chosen Life Directions

Before we do all the things in life, let’s get clear about our values! * Values are different than goals. We don’t accomplish or crush a value * Values connect you to your deepest desires and ultimately tap into your motivation to live the sort of life you want to live and love * Once

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Autism

COVID Times & ACTion-Based Tips For Your Child

Please check out this amazing blog post from a colleague of mine, Amanda Chastain, M.A., BCBA. She is the Program Director with First Steps Kids in CA. and a Research Associate with University of Southern California. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the primary therapeutic orientations I utilize in my practice as a

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Anxiety

Avoidance & Mindfulness

Avoidance is one of the most common behaviors I target in my work as a clinical behavior analyst while supporting individuals with anxiety. When things are too difficult or we don’t yet have the skills to handle certain life challenges, our first instinct is to avoid the discomfort. Our brain is wired to protect us

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