You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

 

Actions first, thoughts next, then feelings

Anxiety disorders respond very well to several kinds of cognitive behavioral therapy, CBT.  The exact approach depends on the form of the anxiety disorder and where a person is in their journey.  We believe in an aggressive approach to therapy that still respects a patient's boundaries.  You are in the driver seat, but we will definitely encourage you to go faster.  The kind of therapies that Rochester Anxiety utilizes are meant to be short term and solution focused.  This is not relaxation therapy; nor is this traditional talk therapy.  When it comes to anxiety disorders, you can't challenge your beliefs or change your feelings by talking your way out of them.  


Rochester Anxiety is also able to address other issues or co-occurring disorders.  People are a package. However, a primary anxiety disorder is necessary for service. If you have additional counseling needs, we can discuss a plan of action for those as well, whether that means continuing treatment here or another provider.  For mild to moderate GAD we encourage you to seek treatment elsewhere if possible, as many clinicians are competently providing help with more talk based therapy, or general CBT and you have a greater chance of finding someone local who can take your insurance.


There are three main subsets of CBT practiced at Rochester Anxiety -

Exposure and Response Prevention

Habit Reversal

Interoceptive Exposure

These may be used alone or in conjunction with one another as well as general principals of CBT. Please read more about them in the "How We Do It" section.