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How We Treat

How We Can Help

The Reeds Center specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapies for anxiety and related disorders. We offer expert treatment in a compassionate manner that tailors treatment to the needs and goals of each individual we work with.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders (including OCD, impulse control, tic, mood and eating disorders) is unique because it consists of evidence-based treatments. This means CBT is supported by tens of thousands of scientific studies that support their use as being effective and often the most effective therapeutic solutions available. Additionally, numerous studies have demonstrated CBT helps people function better in their relationships, schools, and work while improving quality of life and overall well being.

How CBT Works

Cognitive-behavioral therapists work collaboratively with clients on current problems using cognitive and behavioral strategies to help clients overcome these problems in a time limited manner. On average, treatment ranges from 12-30 sessions depending on the problem and its severity.

Cognitive strategies help clients to understand the relationship between their thoughts and emotions and how to change their thinking to feel better and more motivated. For example, clients learn about what causes symptoms of anxiety and to challenge thoughts such as “these symptoms are dangerous” in order to break ongoing cycles of panic and to feel calmer and more in control.

Behavioral strategies help clients learn how their behavior impacts emotion and provides specific strategies for overcoming overwhelming and debilitating emotions. For example, clients may learn relaxation strategies to feel calmer; or clients who fear crowded places may practice exposure with their therapist and then on their own by going into increasingly crowded places to get used to the anxiety this causes and to learn they will be safe without avoiding such places. The goal of these approaches is to help our clients feel greater mastery, control, and freedom in their lives in order to pursue their values and goals.

What to expect in treatment at The Reeds Center

Treatment at The Reeds Center begins with a careful evaluation designed to understand the client as a person, their challenges and goals. After evaluation, our therapists go over the results with clients to plan treatment in a collaborative manner. In this process we aim to form a close and trusting therapeutic relationship with each client that sets a basis for the work ahead.

Active treatment typically begins with psycho-education in which clients come to better understand their problems and the strategies designed to help. Because CBT is a skills-oriented therapy, conversations and activities in session primarily focus on the here and now and are designed to help the client rehearse and refine new skills, as well as to prepare for practicing them in the week ahead. Just like learning how to play an instrument or a sport, the people who improve the most in CBT are those who do the work assigned between sessions. Through CBT, people also develop insight into their emotional difficulties, but they do so primarily through the exercises and skills that they work on with their therapist.

The Reeds Center offers a variety of treatment formats to accommodate individuals differing needs for help. While CBT is traditionally offered in individual sessions, therapists here frequently work with a client’s loved ones in family or couple sessions to assist them in creating an environment that is supportive to the changes the client is making. Therapists working with adolescents also provide regular parent coaching sessions, which are nearly always crucial to therapy success.

About medication

At The Reeds Center our therapists are knowledgeable about the medications used to treat anxiety, mood, and related disorders and about the evidence for their use. For those on medication, we will work with your psychiatrist or physician to coordinate treatment. We also collaborate with expert psychiatrists for those clients who are interested in or in need of a medication consultation.

 What if CBT has not worked for me?

During the assessment process our expert therapists will review each client’s past treatment history. If treatment has not been successful in the past, we will take time to understand why and to address past challenges to ensure greater success. These treatments have an abundance of evidence that they can be very helpful, so we highly suggest to keep trying.

Possible solutions may include a brief course of motivational interviewing for clients who are ambivalent about treatment or change. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) may be integrated for clients experiencing complicated and overwhelming emotions such as intense anger or shame. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) may also be integrated into treatment for those struggling to tolerate negative emotions or to help clients identify and pursue their values and life goals. The Reeds Center therapists have extensive training in these therapies and will offer them as indicated by an individual’s needs.

Call or write us if you have any questions.  To learn more about our specific treatment programs at The Reeds Center, see Our Treatment Programs.