Irene Tobis, PhD


Consultation, Coaching and Psychotherapy

Health consultation, coaching and psychotherapy

My interest is in helping people live healthier and happier lives.

I am currently working toward refocusing my practice in the direction of health psychology. Over the years I've become increasingly convinced of the importance of physical health as the basis of our mental functioning and emotional wellbeing. As I've gotten more serious about improving my own health habits – I’ve maintained a 40-pound weight loss for a couple of years now and my health measurements, energy and mood are continuing to improve beyond what I had thought was possible! — I've also been exploring health behavior change strategies for clients struggling with obesity, cardiovascular or cardiorespiratory disorders, and other common health issues of middle age and senior life. I am adding these to my long-time specialties in cognitive-behavioral treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder and related issues, including perfectionism, procrastination, underachievement, burnout, body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorders, hoarding and chronic disorganization.

Personal and professional productivity

I offer consulting and coaching on personal and professional productivity, performance and transitions. My clients are entrepreneurial professionals or managers in a variety of fields, including academia and the arts, who typically work or have worked in fast-paced, high-demand environments. I help them work more efficiently and effectively, de-stress, change focus, redesign work/life priorities and schedules, or relocate to better meet their goals. I am the founder and owner, since 1997, of Ducks-In-A-Row® Transition Consultants and continue to offer to offer services in the US. We are currently exploring options regarding offering services in Canada. See also our book, still in print, Managing Multiple Projects (McGraw-Hill, 2002).

OCD and hoarding

As a specialist with advanced training and experience in the treatment of OCD and related conditions, I co-founded and served as the first President of OCD TEXAS, the Texas affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), a non-profit support and advocacy organization for OCD sufferers, their families and friends, and treating professionals.

Through OCD TEXAS, I also facilitated education and support for Hoarding Disorder. I served as an adviser to the local Austin Hoarding Support Group, and for a number of years I offered a support group session for family members and friends of people who hoard at the annual conference of IOCDF. I highly recommend these groups and conferences and especially IOCDF’s Hoarding Center website as a starting point for anyone seeking information on hoarding.

For referrals or questions about OCD or related disorders, contact the International OCD Foundation. I strongly recommend the educational, support and advocacy offerings of both OCD TEXAS and IOCDF.

PLEASE NOTE: I am currently not accepting new clients for psychotherapy. I have limited availability for consultation and coaching in the US, but I am not yet available in Canada. Please feel free to contact me, however, if you are a former client or have any questions about my previous or future practice.