Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) & Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP) treatment strategies define our Clinic's primary therapeutic approach due to the need to help the patient to become more aware of, and subsequently change, perceptions and typical interpretations of daily events in their lives (e.g., "jumping to conclusions"), which create behavioral or emotional discomfort. That is, we first help individuals to better understand their current "frame of reference" (based on their "core beliefs") which they frequently use to explain to themselves and others why a particular situation resulted in a specific outcome. We then help each person to explore, in a caring and sensitive manner, other possible interpretations for these outcomes, and interpretations that they may not be accustomed to thinking about. In other words, encouraging individuals to widen their "perspective lens" by getting into the habit of saying..."wait a minute, is there another way that I might view this situation, a way that is different than my typical manner of explaining to myself why something just happened the way it did".
Once this goal has been accomplished, we then begin the Behavior Therapy component of our treatment program, which incorporates the use of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) strategies, while at all times working together with the patient, at his or her own pace. As a result of these goals, it is common for our Clinic to assign weekly out-of-office planned exposure exercises to perform, in addition to various "behavioral experiments", thus allowing for the practice of newly learned skills acquired during each therapy session for the purpose of enhancing and maintaining skills learned within the treatment setting, to the individual’s home, school, community or work environments. Yes, we pride ourselves on performing short-term Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) services for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders. However, because we always have our patients' best interests in mind, we realize that everyone is unique, and thus our short-term Cognitive-Behavior Therapy treatment protocols are always individually based. We "take what the patient gives us" during session #1 (i.e., their initial skill level, readiness level, etc.), and then teach additional skills needed to obtain treatment goals, one Cognitive-Behavioral step at a time.