CBT & Anxiety Disorders

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is regarded as the “Gold Standard” in psychological treatments. Research has verified the effectiveness of CBT in the treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders. The CBT Center offers specialized treatment programs for a variety of Anxiety Disorders such as those described below.

Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893

Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893

Anxiety Disorders

We offer Cognitive Behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Simple and Social Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, as well as non-specific anxiety disorders. Through treatment individuals learn to recognize the relationship between their thoughts, behaviors, and their anxiety. Based on this examination, individuals learn to modify thoughts and behaviors in order to shut down and eventually prevent anxious reactions. Treatment can be delivered individually or in a group setting and most people experience significant improvement in 12-16 sessions. Sessions typically lasting 55 minutes can be delivered on a once or twice per week basis.

Edvard Munch. Anxiety, 1894

Edvard Munch. Anxiety, 1894

PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur in anyone who has experienced trauma (military combat, physical assault, rape, sexual abuse, auto accidents, etc.). PTSD symptoms can include nightmares, depression, intense anxiety, flashbacks, social withdrawal or emotional detachment from others, irritability or angry outbursts, startle reactions, memory and concentration problems. Untreated, these symptoms can linger for decades, continuing to have a damaging impact on the individual and other family members. Our patients who are active-duty military, appreciate the fact that our confidential services are not billed through Tricare insurance and do not become a permanent part of their medical record.

We offer treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through specialized PTSD treatments, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), as well as through more generalized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. PTSD treatment generally involves education on trauma (i.e. military combat, abuse, sexual assault, natural disasters, etc.) and trauma reactions, exploration and processing of the impact of trauma on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and skill building to learn strategies to manage and even eliminate triggers that typically lead to anxious mental, emotional, and physical reactions. Treating PTSD often results in: increased comfort in public/social situations, increased feelings of control, improved ability to trust, improved mood and increased feelings of enjoyment, as well as improvement in relationships with friends and family. Treatment can be delivered individually or in a group setting and most people experience significant improvement in 12-16 sessions. Sessions typically last 60 to 90-minutes can be delivered on a once or twice a week basis.

The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli, 1781

The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli, 1781

Nightmares

We offer Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for the treatment of chronic nightmares. Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) is a highly effective Cognitive Therapy designed to reduce and even eliminate frequent nightmares, without the use of medications! IRT is delivered in four 1-hour sessions (individual or group) that can be completed in as little as one week, with follow-up sessions scheduled after two weeks and after 4 weeks to monitor and maximize improvement. Besides improvement in nightmares, individuals participating in IRT often experience improvement in their amount and quality of sleep, which can have a variety of desirable effects, such as improvements in mood, energy, motivation, and enjoyment of life. IRT is useful for treating all types of nightmares, whether they are random, recurring, or related to experience. During this treatment, individuals are not required to discuss the specific content of their nightmares, past experiences, or personal details so most people find this treatment very easy to tolerate.