Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is proven to be effective for anxiety disorders.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of counseling that focuses on teaching clients to:
gradually confront the things they fear in order to feel less afraid
learn healthier ways of coping with stressful situations
become aware of - and then change - the way they think in critical situations
CBT is different from other kinds of psychotherapy or "talk therapy." Whereas some forms of therapy focus on helping the person to discover why they feel anxious, CBT emphasizes teaching the person how to feel less anxious. Whereas traditional psychotherapy often takes place over several years, CBT is designed to be a relatively brief treatment with distinct, tangible goals.
The advantages of CBT are a lack of unwanted side effects and long-lasting beneficial effects that continue even after the person leaves treatment. The disadvantages are that the effects of CBT may take a longer period of time to develop, although sometimes effects can be seen after just a few visits, and that CBT involves more time and effort on the part of the person with the anxiety disorder.
How well does it work?
How is CBT administered at the Anxiety Disorders Center?
Click here to view the outcomes for clients receiving treatment in our outpatient clinic.
Individual Therapy - Treatment may be provided on an individual basis. This means that patients will meet one on one with a clinician approximately once a week. Given that CBT is designed to be a short-term treatment, patients in individual therapy will be seen for up to 20 sessions. After 20 sessions patients seeking additional treatment may be referred to one of our maintenance groups or may be referred to a therapist outside the Anxiety Disorders Center for longer-term treatment.
Group Therapy - In group therapy clients will work with a clinician and several other patients to work on problems similar to their own. Group therapy still follows a CBT format and we actively engage in tasks aimed at reducing anxiety during the group sessions. Groups are available for those in the active stages of treatment and for those that seek to maintain treatment. Group therapy at the Anxiety Disorders Center may include groups for children and adolescents, Social Phobia, Compulsive Hoarding, and Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy groups for OCD. Please click here to view current and upcoming groups.
Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral (daily) outpatient therapy is available for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and school refusal. During Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment patients come into treatment daily for 1.5 to 2 hours each day. Our Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy programs are on an individual basis and run for one week (panic disorder) or three weeks (obsessive-compulsive disorder and school refusal).
Virtual Reality Therapy is available for the treatment of problems such as social phobia, fear of flying, fear of storms, fear of heights, and posttraumatic stress disorder related to 9/11, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Free treatment may be available for people who are participating in clinical research projects. Some of these projects involve medications, others involve CBT. Contact the Anxiety Disorders Center for more information about research projects.
Medications - We do not prescribe medications in our clinic. Some clients already have a psychiatrist whom they wish to keep seeing; we can work with the existing psychiatrist and make recommendations as needed. Alternatively, we are happy to refer clients to a local psychiatrist for medications as needed.
For more information contact:
Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Phone: (860) 545-7685