Episode 49: Cali Werner – Family and Behavioral Therapist

Cali Werner is a family and behavioral therapist. She focuses on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, athletes and repetitive and ritualistic performance inhibiting behaviors, anxiety, mental health stigmas and more. Cali also recently wrote a book and it’s called Anxious Annie.

In this episode, she gives us really thoughtful ways to evaluate and decide if our kids might need to see a behavioral therapist, ways to think about anxiety with our kids, how to handle certain situations, anxiety with sports, and more. 

I took a lot from this conversation and I hope that you all with too!

What we talked about:

4:05- The book that Cali wrote

5:15- Her work as a therapist

6:45- Cali’s own story with OCD and working with your child on their own OCD

20:15- Bringing siblings to therapy

21:50- When to get help for your child with OCD

24:35- Symptoms of panic attacks

25:30- How to help your child through a panic attack

28:55- Anxiety with sports 

34:35- Writing Anxious Annie

36:10- Anxiety vs OCD and how they intertwine

37:30- How to communicate with teachers and others about your child’s anxiety

49:10- End of podcast questions

Show notes:

What Happened to You? By Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry

The Whole-Brained Child by Daniel Siegel

Anxious Annie

Peace of Mind Foundation

International OCD Foundation

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