What types of therapies are useful for treating anxiety disorders?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT focuses on changing thinking and behavior patterns by first understanding them, and then being able to identify them in “real-time” situations. CBT has been shown to be very efficient and is offered in most anxiety treatment centers. You should note that the benefits of this form of therapy might take up to 12 to 16 weeks before you can see the full effects.
In CBT and similar therapies, emphasis is placed on the patient’s active and personal involvement in the recovery process. The treatment is designed to give the patient a sense of having some level of control and to develop skills that will translate across many aspects of life. Activities such as becoming educated about the problem, keeping records or a journal between appointments, and homework assignments that involve the real-world implementation of treatment procedures, all serve to make the patient more of a participant in their recovery.
Exposure Therapy: This therapy is related to CBT and is designed to assist the patient in reducing fear and anxiety responses. In this therapeutic approach, the patient undergoes gradually increasing exposure to some situation or thing that is causing their stress. The goal is to decrease the patient’s sensitivity to it over time. Exposure therapy has been particularly effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorders and phobias. Working with our highly dedicated and trained staff, patients can trust that the treatment plan they are receiving from Altus Treatment Center is right for their needs.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Also known as ACT, this approach incorporates strategies such as acceptance and mindfulness (living in the moment and experiencing things without judgment). A critical component of ACT is that the patient has a strong commitment to changing behavior. Also critical to success is that the patient develops greater clarity about their values. These practices can become powerful ways to cope with negative thoughts, feelings, and sensations. ACT teaches patients to accept experiences as they come, and try to place them in a different context that they can more effectively deal with it.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): You can see DBT as integration between some techniques taught in cognitive-behavioral and concepts derived from Eastern meditation practices. The key to this therapeutic approach is the acceptance of change. DBT involves learning mindfulness in both individual and group settings. Also, it emphasizes skills for interpersonal effectiveness, dealing with distress, and achieving emotional stability.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): This form of therapy, often referred to as IPT, is designed to be a short-term supportive psychotherapy. Its purpose is to address interpersonal issues that occur during states of depression or anxiety. The therapy typically involves 12 to 16 one-hour courses, once per week. Initially, the sessions focus on gathering information about the nature of a person’s depression and interpersonal experience. From there, they develop the skills for more effectively managing these states.
If you are unsure of where to turn to deal with your anxiety, contact Altus Treatment Center today. Our welcoming and understanding facility can provide you with the direction you need to take control of your anxiety.