You meet one-on-one with a therapist who has expertise in the issues you shared during the intake call. The first appointment is an opportunity to determine whether the match is a good one, and to develop a collaborative treatment plan. Individual therapy is time-limited (generally 16-25 sessions), and sessions are either 45-50 min or 53-75 minutes in length, depending on your needs. During sessions, you will talk about your difficulties, learn new coping tools, and engage in exposure exercises that will help you overcome your fears.
Group therapy is organized based on topic or problem area, and is geared toward teaching you skills. At the same time, the group context helps you make connections with others who are facing similar challenges. We plan to have a number of groups that each focused on a specific issue.
Similar to individual therapy, you and your partner will meet one-on-one with a therapist skilled in evidence-based approaches to improving relationships. Sessions are either 45-50 min or 53-75 minutes in length, depending on your needs.
While your therapist will help you in session learn how to engage in exposure and develop exercises outside of the office, most of the time you will be engaging in exposure in the community, either at your home, work, school or other places you encounter anxiety. Sometimes, because of the difficulty of the exposure or how busy your life is, additional support can be helpful to maximally engage in exposures. To help you, our therapists or our Exposure Coaches can come to you in the community to help you to enhance treatment.
Sometimes treatment as usual does not provide enough support that is needed and additional services can help you progress more quickly. The following are Technological Supports we are excited to offer in the near future to help you on your journey.
Biofeedback is a computerized method that helps train people how to purposefully decrease physiological reactions that can go haywire in anxiety. By using dynamic feedback about your biological signals, you can learn how to purposefully slow your breathing and/or relax your body and brain. Overtime, you become better able to manage your physiology even without assistance because you have begun to internalize the process. More information about biofeedback can be found here.
Because anxiety and OCD are often triggered by particular situations or events, it can be difficult to adequately face them in the therapy office. That is where virtual reality come in. Research shows that virtual reality can feel real enough to clients that it helps them face their fears and decrease their anxiety in difficult settings. More technology companies are coming up with virtual reality software to address anxiety, and we hope to be able to provide virtual reality at ECAS soon. More information can be found here.