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Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S

Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S is the clinical director and owner of Utah Therapy for Anxiety Disorders. She works with children, adolescents, and adults coping with anxiety, OCD and other OC spectrum disorders. Her expertise is working with obsessive-compulsive disorder. She also counsels with parents who are dealing with family challenges. She writes articles for various national and regional publications, and on her blog. You can reach her at

Articles by Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S:

  • Mindfulness and OCD
    21 May 2016

    Vincent was a young man experiencing intrusive thoughts. All he wanted in life was to get rid of those tormenting images and thoughts once and for all. One day, after […]

  • What Can Parents Do When OCD Sneaks In?
    17 May 2016

    Megan felt miserable. She and her family had relocated in the middle of the school year to another city. She was missing her friends and changes were difficult for her. […]

  • What’s the Best Treatment for Hair-Pulling Disorder?
    17 May 2016

    After school, Henry would sit down and watch TV, but one hour later, his mom would discover he had been pulling his eyelashes and eyebrows. It wasn’t that he didn’t […]

  • Helping Kids Succeed in School Despite OCD
    17 May 2016

    Roger’s parents were nervous about the new school year. They remembered how Roger’s OCD had surfaced. His fear of possibly choking on lunch food had kept him away for weeks. […]

  • Being Grateful Despite Challenges
    17 May 2016

    There are times when we may feel like we cannot be grateful about anything in our lives. Losing a job or feeling burned out can contribute to one’s negative attitude. […]

  • What is the Prescription for Raising Entitled Kids?
    17 May 2016

    A 10-year-old girl stomped out of the bathroom when her mom told her she would need to clean the mess she had made after her shower. She told her mom, […]

  • Scrupulosity: When OCD Targets Your Religious and Moral Values
    17 May 2016

    Whenever Marian was exposed to religious issues, she felt overwhelmed by doubt, guilt and anxiety. She had been steadfast in her devotion since childhood. Lately, though, she’d try to avoid […]

  • Is it OCD, OCPD, or What?
    17 May 2016

    Grace is obsessed about order and having things “just so.” She is constantly checking for symmetry in her surroundings. The time she spends ordering and organizing her things is disrupting […]

  • When Your Loved One Has Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Aaron was a senior in high school, and his grades had begun to decline. He wasn’t interested in hanging out with his friends. He seemed depressed. He’d spend an extraordinary […]

  • 6 Things You Need to Know Before Starting OCD Treatment
    17 May 2016

    If you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, you likely feel exhausted every day. The anxiety and tormenting thoughts may lead you to internal and external rituals. These compulsions provide relief — […]

  • Relationship OCD and the Doors of Uncertainty
    17 May 2016

    When Adam was about 9 years old, he began to experience contamination obsessive-compulsive disorder. At 14, his fears about possibly getting sick subsided, but he began questioning his religious and […]

  • Social Anxiety: The Pervasive Creature in your Mind
    17 May 2016

    When Tina took her first job out of college, she thought she could circumvent most of the social events it required. They were not part of her main responsibilities. But […]

  • Teaching Children to Do Hard Things
    17 May 2016

    A child and his grandfather are at the playground. There is a high teepee set up with ropes and it looks challenging for the 3-year-old boy. His grandfather invites him […]

  • When OCD Targets Your Relationship
    17 May 2016

    Chuck said he wasn’t sure if he really loved his fiancée. Yes, there were times, when he was certain he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. […]

  • What OCD Feels Like: Being Absolutely Uncertain
    17 May 2016

    Mike’s thoughts were driving him “crazy.” One thought would lead him into another and another. His anxiety would shoot to the roof and he couldn’t stand it. He felt these […]

  • Healing Those Stubborn Emotional Wounds
    17 May 2016

    Mary was experiencing low self-esteem and worthlessness. She’d say her eyes were “broken faucets.” She’d cry often, and would easily get irritated and explode at her children and husband. She […]

  • OCD, Guilt and Religion
    17 May 2016

    “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he….” ~ Proverbs 23:7 Grace had grown up in a religious home. She was familiar with the above proverb. She understood […]

  • What’s on Your Plate? Stress Management Strategies
    17 May 2016

    Do you wish there were more hours in the day to get through your to-do list? Have you had a friend ask, “Are you okay?” If so, were you surprised […]

  • Everyday Heroes: Royce White and Anxiety
    17 May 2016

    Houston Rockets rookie Royce White is a star in more ways than one. White says he is like everyone else. He enjoys going to the movies and listening to music. […]

  • How to Improve Your Mood in a Hurry
    17 May 2016

    One week not long ago, I found myself busier than normal and unable to do my daily workouts. I didn’t worry because I knew I would get back to my […]

  • Some Quick Parenting Lessons for the Duchess of Cambridge
    17 May 2016

    I imagine that even Kate Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge in England’s monarchy) will experience her son, Prince George, throwing temper tantrums when he doesn’t get his way or is […]

  • OCD & Perfectionism
    17 May 2016

    Patty was feeling frustrated and depressed. No matter what she tried, she felt she was stuck. As a young child, she remembers she would come unglued if anyone walked in […]

  • Helping Your Anxious Child Become More Assertive
    17 May 2016

    The other day, I heard a grandfather talk about a phone call he received from his daughter. She told him how his elementary school-aged grandson had been teased and bullied […]

  • Five Telltale Signs Your Child is a Budding Perfectionist
    17 May 2016

    I once met a young man who had had many successes in his youth. He was intelligent and outgoing. He had always been the star in high school and had […]

  • Six Ways to Help Your Perfectionist Child Find Balance
    17 May 2016

    Four-year-old Max would crumple his paper when his drawing wasn’t perfect. He would start over, and often grow angry and eventually give up. His parents noticed his rigidity, but hoped […]

  • OCD: When Once is Not Enough
    17 May 2016

    “Say good-night mommy, say good-night,” pleaded Johnny every night. It wasn’t as if he had not already read several books, been tucked in, and kissed good night. Johnny’s pleas continued […]

  • 6 Ways to Help Your Worried Child
    08 Apr 2016

    When Emma was 7 years old, she seemed to be catching a bug every Monday morning. She’d complain of stomachaches and didn’t want to go to school. Initially, Mom kept […]