Compassionate Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, Susan Haverty, MFT

If You Suffer From Anxiety, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Exposure Therapy as an Anxiety Treatment Can Help

You are not alone if you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, and Susan can help.

You can get relief and feel better.  Anxiety conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and others affect 25 to 40 million people and prevent them from leading happy, well-adjusted lives. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric condition in the U.S..  Everyone experiences stress related anxiety in everyday events such as speaking in public or the first day on the job. But anxiety disorders like OCD are far more profound.

  • Thankfully, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) can help.
  • Don’t lose weeks, months, or years of your life to an anxiety disorder. You don’t have to.  Treatment works.
  • Who needs specialized treatment for anxiety?  Anyone with an anxiety disorder.
  • Fortunately, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy can successfully teach clients to recognize the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, and give them skills to reduce or eliminate their anxiety.
  • Treating Anxiety Disorders requires specialized training, and clients should consult a therapist with experience in treating anxiety disorders.

Susan Haverty, MFT  is a licensed marriage and family therapist who blends compassion and empathy to help  clients face their fears. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/ Exposure and Ritual Prevention to help patients modify their thinking and behavior. For over 10 years she has focused her practice on treating individuals with anxiety disorders.  She has helped hundreds of people successfully treat their anxiety and get on with their lives. Her training and experience are exceptional. Experience make a difference.

Do You Have an Anxiety Disorder?

At the beginning of therapy, Susan conducts a thorough assessment of each client to evaluate the clients anxiety symptoms and to make proper diagnosis. After a few sessions of getting to know the client; she carefully evaluates the extent of the anxiety problem as well as other mental health issues, before recommending a course of therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Exposure Therapy is the treatment recommended for anxiety. CBT/ERP are evidenced-based treatments that work.

Laundry AnxietySusan advocates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy or Exposure and Ritual Prevention to effectively treat conditions such as:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD),
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder/Agoraphobia
  • Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Health Anxiety (formerly Hypochondriasis)
  • Depression

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is well-established in the psychology field because it has been shown to be effective in treating many anxiety disorders.

Exposure therapy is form of behavior therapy that helps people confront their fears. The exposure to the fear object or situation in a safe setting helps reduce fear and decrease avoidance. The result of this therapy is that people reduce anxiety, decrease avoidance of things that bother them, and improve the quality of their lives.

Some anxiety disorders can be treated with a combination of medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Often CBT alone is an effective therapy.

A few Common Anxiety Disorders

The first step in learning how to deal with an anxiety disorder is identifying the symptoms:

• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Obsessions are intrusive thoughts, images, or impulses (that come into your mind involuntarily), and create anxiety and distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors (physically done, or mentally done) that are performed to reduce anxiety, and decrease obsessions.  Unfortunately, doing compulsions/rituals to get rid of obsessions doesn’t work and only serves to maintain the obsessions. Some common categories of obsessions are contamination, harm, violent, sexual, and religious/scrupulosity. OCD can affect people at all ages, but it often first appears at a young age. There are two types of compulsions: mental and physical. Some common physical compulsions/rituals are washing, checking, and repeating. Some common mental rituals are: reasoning, and rationalizing about your fears.

• Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder include excessive worry about real life things with no obvious reason for the worry.  in other words, the worry is disproportionate to the situation.  People with GAD worry about health, money, family, school, work and finances, excessively.  They are unable to control their worry, and other people telling them to “just stop worrying”, doesn’t help.  They worry excessively about things that generally turn out to be okay, yet much time is wasted on the worry. This isn’t just being a worry wort, it is a real condition, and there is treatment. There is help for this problem, and you can be helped.

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder includes anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, avoidence, hypervigilance, and other physiological symptoms. Sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder experience fear after a traumatic event such as rape, war, child abuse or a natural disaster.

Getting on the Road to Mental Health

  • Don’t ignore your anxiety, when you can treat it.
  • Anxiety treatment is available and does help.
  • You can learn to successfully manage your anxiety and live a productive life.
  • You can make dramatic changes in your life through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Exposure and Ritual Prevention.

Call the office of Susan Haverty at 916-353-0750 for an initial consultation. New clients see contact page for new client intake process.

Susan Haverty MFT specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD),  Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Panic disorder. The office is in Rancho Cordova, CA, but people come from Sacramento, West Sacramento, East Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Roseville, Folsom, Davis, Folsom,  El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, and Rocklin.

Communities Served:
West Sacramento
Citrus Heights
Elk Grove
Rancho Cordova
Yuba City