The Treatment

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) combines the empathic personal relationship of traditional psychotherapy with a focus on teaching emotion management skills.  The treatment is called cognitive behavior because of the focus on managing thoughts and behaviors as a way of managing emotions.   The therapy part is equally important. You need a therapist who understands and appreciates you as a person, who knows a great deal about anxiety, and who can provide information to you in the context of a relationship based on compassion and good humor.  We specialize in CBT for the treatment of anxiety. We provide an environment of understanding and kindness in which we teach skills to manage anxiety. We often describe our style as halfway between therapist and sports coach: we aim to provide all the empathy and insight of psychotherapy, with the practical skill-building and encouragement of a coach.

Interventions include mindfulness training, exposure and response prevention, habit reversal, identifying and challenging discouraging cognitions, meditation, guided relaxation, positive imagery, breathing retraining, among others.

We treat all problems of anxiety including: social anxiety, separation anxiety, test anxiety, performance anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  As anxiety specialists, we have experience in more difficult anxiety cases and very specific anxiety related conditions including trichotillomania, tics, body dysmorphic disorder, and hoarding, among others.  We are treating you as a person and can address these co-occurring problems.

We understand that anxiety frequently co-occurs with other disorders and conditions, including: depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, learning, attention, and developmental issues.

Anxiety also co-occurs with many medical conditions, including but not limited to gastrointestinal illness, cardiac problems, infertility, pregnancy, and arthritis or other rheumatic conditions.  We will work as close with your treating physician as you wish to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care.