Services

The First Step: Diagnostic Evaluation

In order to tailor treatment to your unique needs, we start with a comprehensive evaluation to understand the impact of the anxiety disorder on you, your child, and any afflicted family members. The evaluation explores into the specific conditions, history and onset of symptoms, and psychosocial factors, such as your family and larger system that may influence the treatment. Once these factors are thoroughly considered, an individualized treatment plan is created for you. When working with children, their age, developmental level, and family context is always taken into account when tailoring a treatment plan.

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Treatment

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the first line, evidence-based treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders. It is not the traditional talk therapy. This treatment is short-term because you actively acquire and practice the tools you learn. Our patients typically experience a significant reduction in symptoms by the 8th session, and complete the program within 4 to 6 months with weekly sessions. This program is available for treating:

  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Couples
  • Children and Adolescents

Basically, CBT works effectively by combining two forms of treatment:

Behavior Therapy helps to weaken the connections between troublesome situations and your reactions to them. Reactions such as fear, depression, or anger are self-defeating behaviors that cloud your ability to think logically and inhibit your capacity to resolve the situation in healthy ways. It teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly, make better decisions, and approach the problem situation with more adaptive skills.

Cognitive Therapy helps you become more aware of your thinking patterns in order to increase your ability to identify distorted, negative thoughts. These mental thought traps are basically negative self-talk that cause havoc to your emotional and physical health. As you learn to correct these negative patterns, your thoughts will reflect the situation more realistically and appropriately. When you adopt more accurate perspectives about yourself, situations, and the world, you can engage with life in more productive ways.

Other forms of CBT we use:

Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) is a specific type of CBT that helps you confront fears and worries in a stepwise manner in order to learn that the fears are actually not so threatening. You also learn to disobey OCD/anxiety-driven rules that keep you stuck in order to break free, become stronger, and build confidence to tackle further challenges in life.

Mindfulness Training increases your ability to be in the present moment physically, emotionally, and mentally. Attending to the present helps to decrease anxiety by keeping you from contemplating over past mistakes or worrying about future catastrophes. Being mindful helps you to identify the negative thinking patterns that lead to irrational anxiety. This provides the opportunity to adjust for those reactions, correct misperceptions, and minimize your discomfort from anxiety.

Family Systems Strategic CBT (FS-SCBT) is one of the distinguishing and unique feature developed by Dr. Yip and integrated with our treatment program. FS-SCBT restructures unhealthy family dynamics as a result of the powerfully negative influences OCD and anxiety has on the entire family. Your family members will learn how to be supportive of the sufferer without further enabling the condition. Productive family interactions are developed by establishing clear and concrete expectations, boundaries, and rules. This helps your child learn to be accountable for his/her own successes. As the child builds self-reliance, confidence, and independence from family members, this provides freedom from OCD and anxiety for the whole family.

To find out further details about treatment for a specific condition, please contact us.

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3- to 6-Week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

For those patients with more severe symptoms, an intensive approach may be necessary to benefit most from treatment. Research has indicated that an intensive treatment approach is effective for sever anxiety symptoms, because it keeps you focused on applying the acquired skills throughout the day. Change occurs more rapidly from the continuous practice of the tools. The intensive program is also ideal for our patients from other states and countries seeking highly individually-tailored treatment for OCD & anxiety disorders.

For further information or to take advantage of one of these groups, please contact us.

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Group Therapy

Group therapy is a highly effective treatment option for various anxiety disorders. Groups last 75-90 minutes and meet weekly. We are currently offering the following groups:

Mindfulness / Self-Compassion Skills Training Group

Build internal strength and courage!

This 5-week training group provides individuals with concrete tools to manage difficult emotions and minimize suffering in daily life. Attention is focused on cultivating the capacity to cope with anxiety, depression, and life dissatisfaction, while learning techniques on how to live a more meaningful and purposeful life.

For further information or to take advantage of one of these groups, please contact us.

To participate in one of our upcoming groups, please complete the registration form.

Spring / Summer Parent Booster Workshop

Learn to support your child, NOT OCD!

This two-part 90-min parent workshop offers effective tips and strategies for families to help manage their child’s OCD. The workshop addresses how to best respond to meltdowns, preparing for transitions, minimizing setbacks, and understanding anxiety.

For further information or to take advantage of one of these groups, please contact us.

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Teen Assertiveness Workshop

Teen’s guide to being less passive!

This 4-week workshop is designed to assist teens in learning and practicing assertive communication skills to use in day-to-day life. Designed for adolescents, ages 13-18, this workshop offers skills for effective communication with peers and adults while providing ample opportunities for practice in real world settings.

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Soothe Group

Your Mommy & Me group with a remix!

This 10-week play and support group for pregnant moms to early walkers focuses on soothing the caregiver while soothing the baby. Each session uses expressive art, baby massage, development and sensory play to build connections and attachment between mother and child. Discussions of the “dirty little secrets of motherhood” are shared amongst group members.

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Kids & Family OCD Boot Camp

An all-inclusive, 4-day, intensive OC exposure weekend to help afflicted families gain independence from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Kids will gain confidence to defeat the OC Monster successfully, while parents will learn to establish appropriate boundaries.

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SAG Dating 3.0 Seminar

The Social Anxiety Group Dating 3.0 Seminar is a 3-day interactive group that uses cognitive behavioral strategies to educate you on social anxiety, address your fears, discuss barriers to your communication style, and target your common dating pitfall. By the end of the seminar, we will approach the dating scene together using your new learned social skills that will help you flourish.

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