The clinicians at the Anxiety & OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia provide evidence-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and related conditions. Please note that The Anxiety & OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia is not a group practice. We are individual private practice providers specializing in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders.

    What Happens When I Call?

    We are often unable to answer calls directly during business hours. If your call is not answered directly, please leave a message including your name, phone number, and several good times to reach you. You can expect to receive a return call from one of our clinicians within 3 business days. Our clinicians are happy to answer any questions you may have and to discuss whether one of our providers may be a good fit. You will be asked to complete a brief phone intake prior to scheduling an initial appointment. Clinician schedules vary.

    Do you Take My Insurance?

    Providers at the Anxiety & OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia are not on any insurance panels. However, AOTCP clinicians can provide clients with a receipt for each session that can be submitted to one’s insurance company. Patients considering treatment with the AOTCP are encouraged to contact their insurance company and ask (1) what coverage they have for out-of-network providers, (2) whether there are any limits on the number of visits per calendar year, and (3) how much the company will reimburse per session. It is your responsibility to understand your insurance coverage.

    What is CBT for Adult Anxiety?

    Several decades of research have demonstrated the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for adult depression and anxiety. CBT includes a variety of cognitive and behavioral interventions that are typically delivered in a semi-structured, time-limited fashion to address the needs of specific patients. At its core, CBT has a foundation in cognitive theory. Cognitive theory posits that the way we interpret life circumstances (our thoughts) influence how we feel (our emotions) and what we do or avoid (our behavior). Cognitive interventions teach patients new skills, enabling them to look more closely at their thoughts and better manage negative emotions and problematic behaviors. In addition, exposure-based approaches are central to the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders. Briefly, exposure-based approaches involve the gradual exposure to a feared object or situation in a safe and controlled environment to allow for habituation of the feared response. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a specific exposure-based technique often used for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder in which patients have contact with feared consequence and then refrain from engaging in compulsive behavior or mental rituals.

    CBT is a collaborative, action-oriented, and problem-focused approach to therapy. All CBT interventions have a common goal of teaching patients new tools to manage anxiety and other problems so that they can eventually monitor symptoms of anxiety without ongoing therapy. CBT works best when patients are willing to put time in between therapy sessions to practice new skills.

    What is CBT for Child and Adolescent Anxiety?

    A large body of literature has demonstrated the efficacy of CBT for childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders. CBT is designed to help children reduce anxiety, challenge anxious thoughts, and approach (rather than avoid) anxiety-provoking stimuli. CBT interventions vary slightly depending on the presenting problem, though they share a number of key cognitive and behavioral components. Cognitive strategies may include identifying and challenging anxious thoughts, problem-solving, and affective education. Behavioral strategies include modeling, relaxation, exposure to feared situations, and rewards. Parents learn strategies to support their children’s treatment.

    Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a variant of CBT for children with obsessive compulsive disorder. ERP targets obsessions and compulsions by gradually exposing children to the triggers of their anxiety and intrusive thoughts and helping them to resist engaging in compulsive rituals. CBT treatments for child and adolescent anxiety typically occur over the course of 12-20 weeks.

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