Anxiety, mood and other related disorders are highly treatable using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We know that thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all connected and influence one another. CBT is a short-term treatment option that aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic approach focused in the present. In other words, CBT challenges the patterns of thinking and behavior that maintain the anxiety and mood difficulties. We use exposure and response prevention (ERP) to challenge the behaviors.
CBT is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on the present as opposed to the past. CBT utilizes between-session assignments to help the client apply new skills and techniques into daily life as well as to help augment the treatment.
Occasionally an individual may need medication in addition to psychotherapy. Combining medication with CBT can be an effective way to deal with more severe problems or to help a person use CBT more effectively. I frequently collaborate with psychiatrists who are also experts in anxiety and mood disorders from a medication perspective.
Together we will design the most effective treatment plan for your specific needs. The approach is active, focused and structured to help you to understand and master your problem at your own pace.
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Anxiety Therapy L.A. is a group practice founded by director Michelle Massi, LMFT. We specialize in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders using cognitive behavioral treatment. Our cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) treatments are individualized for a full range of psychological disorders. Each of our clinicians are licensed to practice in the state of California. Michelle Massi LMFT, Marni Baim LCSW, Gabi Deak LCSW, Nicholas Jewell PsyD, and Nadine Shoukry LMFT are trained and practice with the most current treatments supported by empirical research.