The Anxiety & Depression Center specializes in providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Fear of Flying, Health Anxiety (hypochondriasis), high functioning autism, Tourette’s, Tic Disorder, Trichotillomania and Skin Picking (Dermatillomania).
Every patient treated in this office begins with a comprehensive assessment. We want to thoroughly understand what brings you to our office and the type, duration and severity of the symptoms that you are experiencing. The assessment allows us to understand your vulnerabilities and strengths and how your symptoms developed over time. We want to understand you, your symptoms and your life. In the assessment phase we will get a clear understanding of what you want to achieve in treatment. Based on the initial assessment an individualized treatment plan is collaboratively developed for each patient. Our comprehensive assessment allows us to customize treatment to your needs to maximize the chance of rapid and enduring results.
CBT is goal oriented and results oriented. We take a baseline measurement of your symptoms and re assess the frequency and severity of these symptoms as treatment progresses. Progress towards your therapy goals is continuously monitored.
Cognitive behavior therapy rests on a warm and trusting relationship between the therapist and client. CBT is a collaborative relationship in which the therapist and client work on mutually agreed upon therapeutic goals. In the context of an open and safe therapy relationship you will look at difficult experiences and learn about new ways of perceiving, understanding, thinking and reacting.
CBT treatment protocols have been developed and shown to be effective for a large number of psychological disorders. Cognitive behavior therapy utilizes a variety of methods, interventions and strategies to help you reach your treatment goals. Empirically validated treatment protocols often involve learning to identify and change thoughts, learning to view thoughts in a different way, learning to change behavior, learning to overcome avoidance, learning anxiety management strategies, mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, self-compassion and gratitude. There is research evidence that suggests that when people develop new psychological skills they are more likely to get better and stay better. These new psychological skills minimize the possibility of relapse after the conclusion of treatment. Treatment is designed to make evidence based findings work in your life.
Depending on your need treatment may utilize identifying, evaluating and altering thinking and behavior, behavior therapy, exposure therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, exposure/response prevention, emdr (eye movement and desensitization reprocessing), group therapy, virtual reality therapy, habit reversal, forgiveness, gratitude enhancement, acceptance and commitment therapy, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy).
Many people treated in our center are referred by their psychiatrist or family physician and are taking psychiatric medication. We maintain active, collaborative working relationships with psychiatrists and primary care physicians in the community. If you are taking psychiatric medication we will collaborate closely with the prescribing physician. Many of our patients have the goal of reducing or discontinuing their medication and if this is your goal we will work with your prescribing physician to achieve this.
The mission of the Anxiety and Depression Center is to provide compassionate state of the art cognitive behavioral therapy.
"Men are not moved by things but the view they take of them - Epictetus, Greek Philosopher 55-134" AD
In order to schedule an appointment please call (949) 222-2848.