Anxiety Treatment

Empirically Supported Strategies to Manage Your Anxiety

We provide effective treatment for a wide range of anxiety disorders and related conditions using cognitive behavioral therapy. We place high value on continuing education to provide up-to-date interventions that are shown by research to work for your problems.

Your personalized anxiety treatment plan

Treatment is personalized to your individual problems and the specific mechanisms that are maintaining your  symptoms. We treat the whole person. Treatment plans reflect the complexity of each individual and the problems they are experiencing, including co-occurring problems, like depression.

Treatment starts with 2-4 sessions of a thorough diagnostic evaluation and detailed assessment of your target problem areas. Before the first appointment, your psychologist will ask you to complete several questionnaires as part of the evaluation phase. Some of these measures will be completed on an ongoing basis with regular feedback included, which is a practice called measurement-based care. Routine outcome monitoring allows your psychologist to evaluate if treatment is working and to inform what we do in treatment.

Treatment plans are developed based on a close examination of the situations, responses (thoughts, feelings, and behaviors), and consequences involved in perpetuating your difficulties.

Treatment goals for anxiety: Envisioning the life you want

We start by setting specific, attainable treatment goals. Envision the life you want and the kind of person you'd like to be after treatment ends. What would you like to do right now that you think you can't because the anxiety is too strong or getting in the way?

We incorporate your values and what is most important for you throughout the goal-setting process to start on a path towards meaningful change.

How does therapy work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an active, present-focused, and goal-oriented treatment. While some time is used to understand the development of problems, the factors maintaining difficulties are in the present. We hope that this is good news because we have more control over our present than we do about our past.

Therapy is active in that it takes work and includes regular skills practice outside of session. By experiencing temporary discomfort, you will have increased confidence in your ability to manage anxiety. By doing uncomfortable things in small, manageable steps, you will build the skills and confidence to be able to more effectively handle whatever comes your way. Therapy includes evaluating the role that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors have in interfering with living a rich, meaningful, and fulfilling life.

Often, strategies that people do to try to alleviate anxiety, such as relaxation, may inadvertently make anxiety worse in the long run. As anxiety specialists, we teach you the skills to more effectively manage your anxiety when you find yourself spinning out of control.