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Dr. Sally Winston was my supervisor during my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship here at the Anxiety and Stress Disorder Institute in Maryland.

Dr. Winston is recognized regionally and nationally for her expertise in the treatment of anxiety disorders. After working at Sheppard Pratt Hospital for 17 years, she co-founded The Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland in 1992 ( She has served multiple roles including Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and was honored with the first Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award in 2011. She is co-author of What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Anxiety Disorders: Key Concepts, Insights and Interventions (Routledge, 2014) (


0:45 Dr Maggie Perry favorite part of being a therapist

1:12 How Dr. Sally Winston got interested in anxiety and OCD

4:30 How Dr. Claire Weekes treatment strategies became part of her practice through the 80’s and 90’s

6:10 How has the perception of anxiety changed over your career?

7:20 Where does anxiety stigma come from?

8:40 If everyone has repetitive meaningless thoughts why do they cause some people to have anxiety?

11:00 Exposure and response prevention

14:45 How do you know if you are doing exposure therapy right?

19:58 What are you proud of?

21:44 Should I Ignore Or Process This Thought?

24:22 Anything that’s actually a problem is a problem in 3 hours or 3 days

25:45 Recovery Occurs When The Symptoms No Longer Matter. Not when they no longer occur.

About The Host

Dr. Maggie Perry

Dr. Maggie Perry is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. She is also the founder of the online group therapy platform