About Our Center & Treatment Program
About Our Center
The Anxiety & Depression Center specializes in providing cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) to people with anxiety and depressive disorders. Cognitive therapy is an active, structured, direct form of psychological treatment that has been shown to be highly effective with anxiety and depressive disorders. CBT is based on the recognition that certain thoughts and behaviors accompany depression and anxiety. The identification and modification of these thoughts and behaviors often results in a diminishment or alleviation of the distressing symptoms. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) utilizes a variety of methods, interventions and strategies all with the goal of reducing and eliminating, the psychological symptoms. The Anxiety & Depression Center specializes in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia, Other Phobias, Health Anxiety (hypochondrias) autism, aspergers, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, pddnos, PANDAS, tourettes disorder, tic disorder, tricotillomania, skin picking, autism spectrum disorder, HFA, high functioning autism, non verbal learning disability, psychoeducational assessments, learning disability, ADD, attention deficit disorder and Depressive Disorders. The mission of the Anxiety and Depression Center is to provide compassionate state of the art cognitive behavioral therapy.
Our Treatment Program
Cognitive behavior therapy (cbt) rests on a warm and trusting relationship between the therapist and client. Cognitive behavior therapy is a collaborative relationship in which the therapist and client work on mutually agreed upon therapeutic goals. In the context of an open therapy relationship clients look at difficult experiences they have and learn about the interactions between thoughts, behaviors and moods in their lives. CBT focuses on helping clients develop new thinking and behavioral skills. CBT treatment protocols have been developed and shown to be effective for a large number of psychological disorders. In CBT clients learn to identify evaluate and alter the thinking and behavioral patterns that are associated with psychological distress. Empirically validated treatment protocols often involve learning to change thoughts, learning to change behavior, learning anxiety management strategies, mindfulness, acceptance compassion, self compassion and gratitudeThere is research evidence that suggests that when clients develop new skills in therapy they are more likely to get better and stay better. These new skills seem to minimize the possibility of relapse after the conclusion of treatment.
Approximately 50% of the people that are treated in our center are taking psychiatric medication. We maintain active, collaborative working relationships with most of the psychiatrists in the community. In addition, to working closely with local psychiatrists we collaborate closely with primary care physicians who may be prescribing your psychiatric medications. We have found that ongoing communication and collaboration among all the treating clinicians enhances and quickens getting the results you want.
Group Therapy - Psychoeducational Groups
The Anxiety and Depression Center is pleased to offer a time limited cognitive behavioral group treatment. There are currently three groups forming. One group is a Social Anxiety Group, a second group is a Mind Over Mood group and the third group is a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group. Each track of groups will consist of ten group sessions, an individual pre-group screening session and an individual post-group follow up session. The groups will focus on the development of CBT skills that have been shown to be effective. These skills include exposure, response prevention, cognitive restructuring including identifying, evaluating and altering anxious or depressive thoughts, mindfulness, acceptance of anxious or depressive feelings and thoughts, increasing distress tolerance and the development of anxiety and depression management strategies. Additionally, the groups will help participants identify behaviors associated with their anxiety and depression and help them develop the skills and strategies to overcome these behaviors.
In order to schedule an appointment please call (949) 222-2848.