Dr. Gurash's Behavior Blog

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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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Articles

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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Articles

COVID Times & ACTion-Based Tips For Your Child

Please check out this amazing blog post from a colleague of mine, Amanda Chastain, M.A., BCBA. She is the Program Director with First Steps Kids in CA. and a Research Associate with University of Southern California. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the primary therapeutic orientations I utilize in my practice as a

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Articles

Avoidance & Mindfulness

Avoidance is one of the most common behaviors I target in my work as a clinical behavior analyst while supporting individuals with anxiety. When things are too difficult or we don’t yet have the skills to handle certain life challenges, our first instinct is to avoid the discomfort. Our brain is wired to protect us

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Parenting

COVID-19 Resource Share

Covid Coach is a mobile app that serves as a resource to help individuals stay connected and cope with stress, anxiety, parenting, care-taking, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a free and evidence-informed, and intended for everyone. This app was developed by staff at the National Center for PTSD. Please click here to

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Parenting

How Anxiety Leads to Challenging Behaviors in Children

Google Dictionary definition: anx·i·e·ty noun noun: anxiety; plural noun: anxieties a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. -“he felt a surge of anxiety” a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks. desire to

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Stress & anxiety

Quick Tips to Stop a Panic Attack

This is Part 1 of what will be a short series of blog posts related to anxiety and panic. You may be reading this if you or a loved one has experienced a panic attack before. If you have, you’ve also probably wondered how to stop a panic attack while it’s happening. This post will

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