Dr. Gurash's Behavior Blog

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Neurodiversity Affirming Psychotherapy for Autism

What does it mean to be Neurodiversity Affirming? Neurodiversity simply explains the natural variations in the brain. In this sense, neurodiversity is not seen as a disorder or deficit that needs to be “fixed”. It is recognized as a spectrum and a natural part of life. This is an important perspective to promote to increase

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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 ABC Behavioral Services, 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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Love on the Autism Spectrum

Are you an adult on the autism spectrum or in a relationship with an individual with ASD and do you feel like you are struggling with the important relationships in your life? Whether you are stuck in unhealthy communication cycles, spiraling further away from feeling connected, or struggling to stay on the same page with

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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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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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The ASD & OCD 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 ABC Behavioral, I specialize in treating the behaviors that show up with ASD and OCD together or alone. https://www.abcbehavioral.com/my-specialties/ What

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

At ABC Behavioral Services, 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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Stress & 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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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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