Anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive psychological problem in the United States. I treat the following anxiety disorders: panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), specific phobias, health related anxiety and social anxiety disorder. I also specialize in treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
CBT is a hands-on, practical approach focused on skill-building, challenging one’s current assumptions and methodically changing targeted behaviors. I rely on the use of exposure therapy, which is the gradual confrontation of feared thoughts, objects or situations. ACT incorporates some elements of CBT but focuses more on accepting the presence of unhelpful thoughts and feelings and uses mindfulness, values clarification and behavioral strategies to help you move forward in your life. A common therapist refrain in ACT is: “You are not your thoughts.” I also teach anxious patients a scientifically proven breathing technique known as coherent breathing and train you in heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback when appropriate.