Compassionate Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
If You Suffer From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or other Conditions, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Help
Conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 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 in everyday events such as speaking in public or the first day on the job. But an anxiety disorder is far more profound. Those that are in the advanced stages of OCD and panic disorder may be unable to leave their homes.
Fortunately, cognitive behavioral therapy can successfully teach patients to recognize the symptoms of an anxiety disorder and deal with their anxiety constructively.
Therapy for anxiety disorders is a specialized field, and patients should make sure they consult a therapist with extensive experience in treating anxiety disorders.
Assessing Anxiety Disorders
Before beginning use of techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Susan conducts a thorough assessment of each client to tailor the proper course of treatment. After interviews and discussions with the patient in a comfortable setting. She carefully evaluates the extent of a disorder before recommending a course of therapy.
Anxiety disorders can be rooted within family dynamics. If helpful, our therapy sessions can use the input of family members to hasten cures for anxiety disorders.
Anxiety Treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Susan advocates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to effectively treat conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorders, PTSD, GAD.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
CBT is based on the premise that counterproductive thought patterns can be changed to encourage positive behavior. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is well-established in the psychology field because it has been shown to be effective in treating many anxiety disorders.
Susan specializes in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy technique called Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, in which specific fears are systematically faced until anxiety becomes manageable.
Symptoms of Common Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Repeated hand washing is one symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Other characteristics include unwanted thoughts or compulsions that seem impossible to control or stop.
OCD can affect people at all ages, but it often first appears at a young age. OCD Kids plays a role in educating youths and their families with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
• Social Anxiety Disorder.
Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder include intense self-examination before or after an event. Social Anxiety Disorder is a fear of being scrutinized or embarrassed in social situations. Often Social Anxiety Disorder is focused on a specific situation, such as speaking before co-workers, but it may also be more generalized.
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD for short) include nightmares or even flashbacks. Sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder experience fear or anxiety well after a traumatic event such as rape, war or a natural disaster.
Getting on the Road to Mental Health
You can learn to successfully manage your Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and live a productive life. We can help you make dramatic changes in your life through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Call the office of Susan Haverty at 916-353-0750 to make an appointment. Susan Haverty MFT specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and panic disorder. Offering the services of disorder assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy serving children, adolescents and adults in the following communities of Sacramento, West Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Roseville, Folsom, Davis, Rancho Cordova, Yuba City, Rocklin and Woodland.