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Dr. Brigette Erwin
Founder and Director, Anxiety and OCD Center
Founder and Director, Anxiety and OCD Center


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Anxiety and OCD Center 270 Lancaster Ave., Bldg. J
Malvern, PA (484) 947-8820
Contact: Dr. Brigette Erwin, Director

The Anxiety and OCD Center of Malvern Hosts Free Informational Open House on Oct. 21

Malvern, PA -- The Anxiety and OCD Center invites the public to an open house on Friday, October 21, from 4 – 8 pm, to unveil its new, larger location in the Liberty Square Office Park at 270 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern.
Staff psychologists will be on hand to answer questions about anxiety, related disorders and their treatments. Recently moved from Exton, the Center is one of the region’s largest practices specializing in testing and treating children, adolescents, adults and families struggling with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and related disorders. Refreshments will be served. Convenient off-street parking is available.
For more information, visit on the Internet, telephone 484 947-8820, or email
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Exciting Developments!
The Coaching for Calm and Confidence Program™ Videos have been released and are now available! The Coaching for Calm and Confidence Program™ Videos provide scientifically-based strategies to help you develop an internal feeling and external appearance of calm; a confident presence; happy relationships; and skillfully managed social situations. The videos are available on The Anxiety and OCD Center website and will soon be released on Amazon! 
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We've Grown!
To respond to the increasing demand for effective treatment of anxiety and related problems, the Anxiety and OCD Center has expanded the services offered. The Anxiety and OCD Center is happy to welcome Dr. Joanna Petrides and Dr. Erin Roemer to our practice! Check out our website for available appointment times.
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Coaching for Happy Relationships: An excerpt from the Coaching for Calm and Confidence™ Program

Dating is a unique period of time during which we are focused on the other person. There are behaviors that go along with this other-centered perspective. We are selfless, generous, eager to learn about the other person, patient, forgiving. Whatever qualities existed in your relationship when you were dating represent the potential your marriage has now. Think about how great that would be. You had it once; you can have it again.

Relationships are dynamic. We are either moving together or we are moving apart. Happy marriages are made up of a collection of choices. Frequently in marriages, we drift away from the positive choices we made while we were dating. We drift perhaps because we get comfortable, complacent, or distracted by other demands. We also drift because selfishness can be subtle and we might justify it to ourselves by saying things like, “well don’t I have a right to….?” As we drift away from these positive choices we tend to more easily notice negative qualities in our spouse and to overlook our own faults. It is human nature to think first about ourselves. If we allow this tendency to govern our behavior our actions will be selfish.

Think about selfish qualities in a person. These qualities are very unattractive, which explains why marriages drift apart when we become self-focused. On the other hand, selflessness and other-centeredness is very attractive.

Just like there is a job description that goes along with parenting, there is a job description that goes along with marriage. Here it is: It is to convince the other person that you love them and that they are easy to love. When you approach marriage in this way, this job description as I call it isn’t even work. It is enjoyable and comfortable and something we choose to do every day, just like dating was. We just need to make a conscious choice to engage in these actions since the drift of human nature is towards our self and away from our spouse.

The most effective way to convince the other person that you love them and that they are easy to love is to tell them. Comment frequently on attractive qualities of your spouse and reasons why you love them. Remember, if we choose to look for what is bad, we will find the bad; if we choose to look for what is good, we will see the good. Again, think about when you were dating answer these questions. What qualities in your spouse did you fall in love with? What qualities in your spouse made you want to spend the rest of your life with this person? What qualities do you love now? Actually answer these questions. Now, make a choice to tell your spouse what you love about them.
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Coaching for Parenting that Works: An excerpt from the Coaching for Calm and Confidence™ Program

Whether we notice it or not, we are role models for our children. Certain things stress us out, frustrate us. We all at different points say, “I’ve had it.” We tend to lose patience and react to situations that directly relate to our own problem areas. Expressions like “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” mean that children tend to act like their parents. Science tells us that this is in part genetic and in part learned. Children pay close attention to how we behave when we are angry or upset. When we improve stress and frustration in a parent, anxiety, anger, and behavior problems improve in children.

It is important for parents to make a conscious decision regarding how to handle anger and frustration especially in front of children, and then practice those goals. We will not perfectly meet these goals, because who does anyway, but it is very important to be clear about how we want to improve if we want to be a positive role model for our children.

In addition, we need to ask our children to practice the positive behaviors we want them to demonstrate. Young children need to practice positive behaviors for them to understand and learn those behaviors. For instance, young children might not know what to do if a parent tells them to share. Sharing is an abstract concept. However, they do know how to act when a parent tells them that they can play with a toy until the 5-minute timer goes off, and then give the toy to their sibling to play with until the 5-minute timer goes off.

Older children may not need to demonstrate a positive behavior in order to understand a concept, but they certainly need to be expected to demonstrate a positive behavior both to make up for whatever they did wrong and to incorporate that positive behavior into their understanding of right and wrong. For example, if a child hits a sibling, they should be expected to say “I’m sorry, will you forgive me.” The sibling needs to respond “yes, I forgive you.” Children need to make these statements with a sincere tone even though they may not fully feel sincere about the apology. Over time children will internalize these positive behaviors into their concept of right and wrong. Expecting children to fix situations by showing positive behaviors also teaches children how to act and makes them think twice the next time they want to engage in the bad behavior. You can see that this requires hands-on attention. However, attention such as this will spare you much more attention that you’d later have to give to bad behavior.
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