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4 Suggestions for COVID, Stress and the Holidays

The disruption to everyday life from the pandemic creates enough stress to test almost anyone. But the pandemic occurring over the holidays will be a significant stressor, both when the holidays hit, and before the holidays. The news is filled with ominous warnings about very real health risks from the holiday season ( The CDC asks us all to consider not gathering as families or co-workers this holiday and offers some great ideas on their website (

4 Ideas to Cope with COVID Holiday Stress

Stress upon Stress: The holidays create their own stress before COVID ever occurred. We all find ourselves planning for the giving of gifts, preparation of meals and travel/welcoming travelers. With the surge of COVID upon us, the “normal” stress of the holidays is compounded by the fears of infection, infecting others and disruptions from mitigating risks. The following four strategies can help you to cope with the “stress-upon-stress” of a COVID Holiday.

CCBT and Behavioral Telehealth During the COVID19 Pandemic

The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy is delivering behavioral telehealth and mental telehealth services during the COVID19 Pandemic.

If you’re a want to be a new patient and haven’t been in contact with us before, call us at 614-459-4490 or use the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page.

Existing Patients or First-Time Patients, see the Getting Ready information below.

Adapted Treatment Protocol for COVID19-Related Healthcare Professionals:

A Holistic Model and Clinical Health Application of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Pandemics

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP
Jared Skillings, PhD, ABPP

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Adapted Treatment Protocol for COVID19-Related Parenting and Family Functioning:

A Holistic Model and Clinical Health Application of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Parenting and Family Adaptation during Pandemics

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP
Jared Skillings, PhD, ABPP
Kimberly A. Sobell, DO

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CCBT’s COVID-19 Anxiety Protocol Serves as the Basis of Behavioral Health Assessment Guidelines

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7 Tips for Thinking Clearly for COVID19 Healthcare Workers (and 7 Self-care Tips Too)

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP
The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
Columbus, Ohio

Adapted Treatment Protocol for COVID19-Related Anxiety:

A Holistic Model and Clinical Health Application of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Pandemics

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP
Jared Skillings, PhD, ABPP

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Managing COVID19 Anxiety and Denial: 5 Tips on What to Do

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP
President and CEO
The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy

Seven Ways to Think Clearly During the COVID19 Pandemic:
Overcoming Common Mistaken Ideas that Threaten Public Health

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP
CEO and President
The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
Columbus, Dayton, Gahanna, Marion, Westerville

In places like Ohio, the graph of new cases looks like Stay-at-Home and physical distancing have begun to help. But there’s a real concern that many of us might become relaxed about Stay-at-Home and physical distancing orders and guidance.

COVID19 Healthare Provider Stress Mangement Toolkit

CCBT has prepared healthcare provider stress management toolkit to help deal with the stress of serving during the COVID19 pandemic. Here is the card from the toolkit:

14 Tips for Primary Healthcare Providers to Cope with COVID-19 Burnout and Stress

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP
The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Delivering Behavioral and Mental Telehealth for Ohio

Stress and burnout will likely climb during the COVID-19 crisis among healthcare providers. Physicians, nurses, medical assistants and other healthcare workers already experiences stress and burnout (some studies reported over 50%).

4 Tips for Managing the Stress and Demands of Working from Home


Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP
The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
Delivering Behavioral and Mental Telehealth for Ohio

(This Web Post is Based on Petriglieri, Ashford, and Wrzesniewski, 2018, Harvard Business Publishing)

An article in 2018 on the “gig” economy provides some great tips for many of us working from home. The “gig” economy defines itself as the economy of workers who have several “gigs” like Uber, at-home-based customer service, or Door Dash. Workers with multiple jobs (gigs) need to manage their careers in likewise ways to many of us now working from home on the phone. These tips can help make the #StayHomeOhio order easier to deal with, so we feel connected as #apartwestandtogether.

Managing with new co-workers who happen to be family

By Eva Shinka, LISW-S

Many parents and families are faced with trying to not only juggle work life balance, but also trying to adjust to working from home while managing and working with children of all ages in addition to working closely with your spouse or significant other.

10 Tips for Managing Avoidance-of-Health Behaviors During COVID-19

Anxiety about becoming infected with COVID-19 can easily turn into unhealthy avoidance of important coping strategies. Many of us avoid triggers to our anxiety by eliminating reminders of what we fear, or at least by delaying any exposure to them.

With COVID-19, avoidance can produce harmful effects for us all. Facing our avoidance becomes just as important as any other positive health behavior. Here are tips for overcoming avoidance of simply health behaviors.


According to, and the Dr. Amy Acton’s order, mental health and substance abuse providers and staff are essential workers, and CCBT will continue to provide services using all the precautions requested by Dr. Acton and Governor DeWine.

If you need services and aren’t already a patient, please feel free to contact us. Our intake email is in several places on the website, or you can call us at 614-459-4490.

AWST: Apart We Stand Together!

CCBT and COVID-19/Novel Corona Virus: Coping for Patients and Potential Patients

Thanks to all who are following the physical distancing guidance: The media messages are frightening, and almost everything is about avoiding risk. That makes sense, but CCBT knows that our patients need to also receive positive feedback for taking positive steps. The data from Ohio seems to say the following will help all of us:



Here are some resources on that: npr | ccbt

If you are isolated and aren’t able to maintain contacts with others physically, keep in contact on the phone. Try not to interpersonally isolate while you physically distance yourself.

Keep things in perspective—stick to your routines but alter your physical proximity to others and keep your hands washed.

Be informed, but don’t over do it—Try to capture new information as time goes by, but continuous watching of news coverage can become overwhelming and make your thinking more catastrophic. Try to limit your exposure to the news.

What about my kids—Use this time to teach your children the notion of problem, not crisis, and coping, not avoidance. Remember to teach them to keep to a routine, manage exposure to viruses, washing their hands, and not touching their faces.

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Get the Help You Need to Solve Your Problems Through Learning Healthy Behaviors and Changing your Thinking

Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT works to learn healthier behaviors/habits and change unrealistic ideas about you, the future, and the world around you. By overcoming avoidance, learning ways to enjoy life again, and testing your thinking by looking at the real evidence in your life, CBT teaches you to build healthier behaviors, think in realistic ways, create solutions to your problems.

• Changing Self-Defeating Thoughts and Behaviors
• Behavioral Interventions and ABA for Children

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Parenting Children with ADHD

In 2016, Dr. Bill Pelham and his team put out a great paper. In it, he compared teaching parents behavioral skills or using medicine for ADHD children. What he found was the order you first use the parenting skills and medicine matters.

Parenting benefits children with ADHD when it includes direct behavioral strategies. For example, parents must be more careful about how they give attention to ADHD children. Attention, even negative attention, can reward the very behaviors parents want to stop. Strategies like focusing on positive behavioral expectations, and rewarding them with praise and attention, can benefit children with ADHD quite a bit.

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