Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) refers to practicing confronting the thoughts, images, objects, and situations that make you anxious & provoke obsessions. It is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). While for many years, OCD was thought to be untreatable, fortunately, over the last few decades, ERP has been proven quite successful in reducing they symptoms of OCD. ERP...[ read more ]

OCD & Perfectionism and Certainty: Understanding the Connections and Differences

This month, we’ve been exploring the facets of OCD; its symptoms, how it presents itself, as well as how it effects the people who carry its diagnosis. In this blog, we will talk about how perfectionism can play a part in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Patterns. Webster’s dictionary defines perfectionism as “a refusal to accept any standard short...[ read more ]


We are really excited to welcome our first Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Patricia Calixte-Civil. She joins us with a wealth of unique experience and is currently being supervised by Dr. Lisa Beckman. What inspired you to pursue a career as a therapist? It’s a bit cliché, but the truth is I’m passionate about supporting others. I find it extremely gratifying...[ read more ]

Understanding OCD: Unraveling the World of Obsessions and Compulsions

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by a cycle of distressing and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) performed to alleviate the anxiety caused by these obsessions. In this blog, we will delve into the intricacies of OCD, exploring what obsessions and compulsions...[ read more ]

St Pete Local Activities To Boost Well Being & Mental Health

In honor of the expansion of our St. Pete location this month we are doing a locally focused blog to explore resources and activities that can help boost mental well-being and self-care.  We love so much that our local St. Petersburg, Florida offers that is both unique and relaxing and offers a lot of opportunities for activities that help mental...[ read more ]

Meet Our St Pete, FL Psychologists & Therapists

We are so excited that our St. Pete office is expanding and we have several new psychologists and therapists that will be offering services in person here in our lovely local St. Petersburg office! In honor of this expansion and how much we all love our local St. Pete, Fl. we are highlighting each of the providers that will be...[ read more ]

Understanding Different Types of Depression & Depressive Disorders

Webster’s Dictionary defines depression as “a mood disorder that is marked by varying degrees of sadness, despair, and loneliness and that is typically accompanied by inactivity, guilt, loss of concentration, social withdrawal, sleep disturbances, and sometimes suicidal tendencies.’ While it’s perfectly normal to feel sad during certain life situations, or to grieve for a certain length of time, depression is...[ read more ]

Managing the Back to School Transition with Your Child

By Dr. Lea Martinell It’s back to school time!  Many parents are looking forward to predictable schedules and routines again!  Some kids are looking forward to the routine and seeing their friends again.  Some also might be feeling stress, worry, and potentially fear of the change that will come from a new school year starting. Back to school for many,...[ read more ]


THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION IN TAMPA, FLORIDA By: Dr. Lea Martinell-Smith It's been awhile since we talked about depression which is honestly one of the most common concerns our clients are reporting and struggling with. Job stress, relationship concerns, financial strain and so many other life challenges can lead to feelings of stress, disappointment, sadness and depression. What do we mean...[ read more ]

What is PSYPACT and How Does it Work and How Can it Affect Treatment Options?

A woman lays on her stomach while talking on a zoom call on the couch. Learn how Psypact in Florida can offer support with the help of psypact therapists in florida. Learn more about psypact therapists in south carolina and other states like Alabama.

On July 1, 2023, Florida joined the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) is an interstate compact designed to facilitate the practice of both teletherapy and temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across state boundaries.  In our last blog, we discussed some of the benefits of teletherapy. PSYPACT broadens those even more. While Telehealth has provided a...[ read more ]

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