TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY

Anxiety is a normal and adaptive component of the human experience. Without the emotional experiences of fear and anxiety we would be inadequately prepared for important life challenges. But for some people the experience of anxiety overpowers all other emotions and constitutes a diagnosable condition. In fact, 29% of Americans meet criteria for a lifetime history of an anxiety disorder, and 18% of Americans do so in a given year1 contributing to difficulties in work, school, relationships, health status, and overall quality of life. The Anxiety & OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia (AOTCP) is here to help individuals suffering from anxiety disorders work towards a more balanced and fulfilling life.

The AOTCP is founded on principles of evidence-based practices, most notably cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has been shown to help those suffering from anxiety, from the very young to the elderly. The AOTCP clinicians are experienced in using the most current evidence-based practices as a foundation for treatment planning and intervention. Treatments are then tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual patient and his or her family.

The AOTCP clinicians are dedicated to helping individuals and their family members on their journey to overcome pathological anxiety. They are also active in the local and national community in the conduct of scholarly research, dissemination of CBT through teaching and provision of clinical services, and presentation of their work at national scientific conferences. They aim to educate the public about evidence-based practices for the treatment of anxiety and related disorders.

1. Kessler RC, Berglund PA, Demler O, Jin R, Walters EE. Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry. 2005 Jun;62(6):593-602.