Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety responds well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness interventions. The approach I use has been described as “The Three C’s of Anxiety Recovery” (Hibbs, 2007): (1) Calm your body; (2) Correct your thinking; and (3) Confront your fears.

In anxiety treatment, clients start by learning to self-soothe and emotionally self-regulate through relaxation techniques and mindfulness skills. Next we jointly examine the thoughts and beliefs that are generating the anxiety. These are then tested for accuracy and helpfulness and, where necessary, revised.

Finally, clients are encouraged to systematically desensitize and expose themselves gradually to their fears in a controlled form of exposure therapy. In cases of obsessive-compulsive behavior, ritual prevention will also be implemented. Where warranted, medication may be suggested.

Anxiety treatment ranges from focusing on stress reduction to disorders such as social phobia, specific phobia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), general anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.