Anxiety disorders may develop at any point in the life span and may come in
different forms as well as different levels of severity. Anxiety is caused by a
complex set of factors including brain chemistry, genetics, personality and
stressful life events. Treatments may include traditional counseling as well as
therapies such as anxiety management, relaxation therapy, Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP).
My primary forms of treatment for anxiety are CBT and ERP. Both of these
techniques are well researched, proven methods of reducing anxiety and
providing lasting improvement to client's quality of life. In CBT, clients learn
to restructure their thinking and thereby change their reactions to
anxiety-producing situations. ERP is a unique and specialized form of CBT used
to successfully treat most anxiety disorders, especially Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder. Both of these treatments may be used with or without medication.
These treatments are useful for the following anxieties:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
- Specific Phobias
- Separation Anxiety / School Refusal
Please visit the Anxiety Disorders
page for more information. For a personal account of two of my former patients Patrick and Jessica, who suffered from OCD, click here for an article that originally appeared in Seventeen magazine.