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Perfectionism is not what most of us think it is. We don’t have to line up everything perfectly, have our rooms tidy, or make straight As all the time to be perfectionists. Perfectionism is the need to do better than excellent or just so in most areas of our lives. Some common beliefs and behaviors are:

Perfectionism And Procrastination

Having inflexible standards for yourself or others

Anger, resentment, or sadness when the standards are not met

Either not feeling positive feelings about accomplishing something or the feelings are short-lived

Difficulty coping with criticism or perceived criticism

Trouble getting started with or with completing tasks


We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address faulty thinking and beliefs. The goal is to help you become aware of how perfectionism is impacting you negatively and learn a more functional way of dealing with your beliefs about it. We use exposures to practice new behaviors to challenge your perfectionistic ways. Procrastination goes hand-in-hand with perfectionism and we take special care to address it’s impact on your life. 

How We Can Help:
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Perfectionism And Procrastination

Cognitive Tools

Challenging beliefs and thoughts related to perfectionism and their relationship with self esteem

Behavioral Tools

Exposures to start doing things imperfectly on purpose and addressing avoidance and procrastination 

Self Compassion

Encouraging and fostering self compassion

International OCD Foundation

Anxiety and Depression Association of America


Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

When Perfect Isn't Good Enough by Martin Anthony, PhD and Richard Swinson, MD

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