Treating Anxiety & OCD Quickly and Effectively

Treating Anxiety & OCD Quickly and Effectively

Treating Anxiety & OCD Quickly and Effectively 

Presented By: Dan Kalb, PhD | December 2, 2017 | 9 am - 1 pm

Location: Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael

Cost: $75 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $85 after

CIP Member Rate: $50 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $60 after

CEs: 4 CEs for MFTs & LCSWs and 4 CEs for Psychologists

Dan Kalb Bio: 

Dan Kalb, PhD, has been in private practice as a psychologist for over 25 years. Originally trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, his interest in treating anxiety and OCD led him to gravitate many years ago to CBT, ultimately supplemented by mindfulness techniques. Though working mostly with individuals, he also conducts exposure-based groups. He supervises therapists, provides in-service training, and frequently teaches seminars. 

Dan was graduated with top honors from Columbia. In his spare time, he worries if the refrigerator light really does go off when the door is closed.

Course Description:

While many psychological disorders can be treated effectively with any of several different approaches, a network of cross-confirming research has emerged regarding the treatment of anxiety and OCD. The advantages of keeping the therapy focused and based in the here-and-now will be stressed, and the critical role of exposure will be emphasized. This class will teach many specific, empirically-proven tools and techniques to efficiently reduce anxiety and OCD symptoms. Brief case vignettes, experiential exercises, and cartoons will supplement the talk.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain to clients how reassurance-seeking, avoidance, safety behaviors, and compulsions, perpetuate anxiety.
  2. Employ exposure techniques to treat agoraphobia, OCD, and simple phobias.
  3. Use values exercises to overcome process and outcome resistance.
  4. Apply cognitive techniques to modify anxious thoughts.
  5. Use mindfulness metaphors to enable patients to detach from their “what if” thinking.
  6. Teach breathing and muscle relaxation techniques.
  7. Suss out OCD symptoms often misdiagnosed by therapists.
  8. Reduce anxiety-producing shame with the Acceptance Paradox.


Course Schedule/Outline: 


8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration


9:00 am – 9:15 am Coping mechanisms that backfire

  The three pillars of anxiety treatment

    Cognitive techniques

    Interoceptive, imaginal, and in vivo exposure


10:00 am – 10:45 am Mindfulness & metaphors

    Exercise: the power of thoughts

    Treating obsessions


10:45 am – 11:00 am Break


11:00 am – 12:00 pm ERP for compulsions

    OCD variants

    Meditation exercise: facing emotional discomfort

    Breathing and muscle relaxation


12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Shame reduction

    Values exercises to increase motivation

    Resistance of clients and therapist


12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Questions

Price $85.00
Availability Sold-Out