Traumatic Stress and Anxiety Disorder Clinic

Clinic Director: Shawn Cahill, Ph.D.

Specialized cognitive behavioral therapy for:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder and Phobias

Research has demonstrated that cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) can be highly effective in treating anxiety disorders. Psychologists use CBT to help people identify and learn to manage the elements that contribute to their anxiety.

Behavioral therapy involves using techniques to reduce or stop the undesired behaviors associated with these disorders. Through cognitive therapy, patients learn to understand how their thoughts contribute to the symptoms of anxiety disorders, and how to change those thought patterns to reduce the likelihood of occurrence and the intensity of reaction. The patient’s increased cognitive awareness is often combined with behavioral techniques to help the individual gradually confront and tolerate fearful situations in a controlled, safe environment.

Therapy is conducted by graduate students in our Clinical Psychology PhD Program under the supervision of Dr. Cahill.

References:

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/anxiety-treatment.aspx