voices in the family

Anxiety’s grip and stepfamily therapy



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July 30, 2012 ‚ÄĒ Sometimes anxiety can keep us frozen. We ruminate and lose sleep, even over little things. We all have anxious reactions from time to time, but sometimes the grip of anxiety is tight and gets the best of us. This encore edition¬†listens back to show host Dan Gottlieb’s interview with clinical psychologist Tamar Chansky, founder and director of The Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety and creator of the educational website¬†worrywisekids.org. Her book “Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want” was published earlier this year.

Also highlighted is Dan’s conversation with psychologist¬†Scott Browning, noted authority on helping stepfamilies get along. He says building positive relationships in stepfamilies takes time and can be complicated, but with proper guidance, stable intra-family relationships can be forged. Browning has written “Stepfamily Therapy: A 10 Step Clinical Approach” (2012) with coauthor Elise Artelt. He’s a professor of psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.


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