Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety
Anxiety has a way of creeping in and taking over our thoughts and, eventually, stealing our joy. Fortunately, anxiety is also one of the most treatable mental health challenges that anyone can face. The most effective anxiety treatments depend on the type of anxiety that one is experiencing. For example, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the gold standard for Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, and Specific Phobias. Conversely, Exposure and Response Prevention is the most effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. For those who are battling anxiety subsequent to a trauma, more specialized Trauma-Focused CBT (for kids) or Prolonged Exposure (for adults) is indicated.
When people are experiencing intense anxiety, it is important to go to a specialist who can differentiate between the highly overlapping (and often co-occuring) types of anxiety so that the most effective and appropriate treatment plan can be devised. Seeking therapy from someone who specializes in anxiety treatment is especially critical because the same thing that can help with one type of anxiety can exacerbate symptoms for a different type. Our anxiety treatment specialists conduct a thorough assessment to understand the exact type(s) of anxiety that each client is experiencing and then develop a customized treatment plan utilizing the most advanced and effective treatments available.
Common Types of Anxiety
Intense shyness, anxiety, or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation
A sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety that can lead to avoidance or distress of events of places that trigger those feelings
The fear of being away from the primary caregiver. The most common way for children to act out their fears of separation is through tantrums and clinging.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Persistent and excessive worry about a number of different areas of life
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of severe physical or psychological shock
Intense fear of throwing up / getting or feeling sick
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make people feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions)
Overwhelming fear of objects or situations