Individual and Intensive Therapy for Adults, Teens, and Children
We work with a variety of conditions to help improve quality of life. Specifically, we specialize in evidence-based treatment for OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, perfectionism and procrastination, anxiety disorders, body focused repetitive behaviors like skin picking and hair pulling, and depression.
We see all ages, children through older adults.
Currently, we offer virtual sessions for individual and intensive weekly therapy.
Treatments will vary across and within different conditions because people are different and have different needs. We tailor the treatment plan for your individual needs. We use evidence-based and skills-based programs that work on challenging unhelpful thought patterns and changing behaviors.
At Willow Anxiety & OCD, we specialize in using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to treat our clients. Our clinicians have extensive training and experience in CBT, and we are able to adapt CBT approaches to your unique situation to help you effectively overcome anxiety, OCD, and related issues.
* A note on treatment for OCD within the realm of CBT *
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a cognitive behavioral approach for treating OCD. In ERP we work on facing the obsessions and giving you tools to cope with the anxiety so you're not engaging in the compulsions any more, thereby breaking the loop that maintains OCD. You will learn to live with uncertainty. In these ways, you will become well versed in changing your thoughts and behaviors to cope better.
* Incorporation of other modalities with CBT *
It is sometimes beneficial to integrate other treatments with CBT. We may choose to use certain techniques and principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness.
In ACT, we focus on acceptance of your present experience for change to happen and committing to living your life according to your values. Mindfulness is focusing your attention on something on purpose, non-judgmentally.
* Virtual Reality and CBT*
Virtual Reality Therapy is a state-of-the-art technology that has been shown to be beneficial in OCD, anxiety disorders, and treatment of phobias. In Virtual Reality Therapy, your clinician will gradually introduce you to fearful situations in a safe ‘virtual’ setting, using software and a headset to manage your treatment.
Evidence has shown that virtual reality therapy, in combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is an effective and quicker-acting form of therapy that can help you to become less fearful and anxious in a shorter period of time so you can live a meaningful life.
Length of treatment depends on a number of factors. Including but not limited to the number of co-occurring conditions, length and severity of the condition, how quickly you get on board with treatment, whether you do homework in between sessions, support from significant others/loved ones, and so on. CBT is usually shorter term than talk therapy. We work on setting concrete and measurable goals.
Therapy when working with younger children tends to be shorter in duration.
At Willow Anxiety & OCD, we always start with a thorough intake that is comprehensive. Over the course of three sessions, we gather information about your history and background, and do a thorough diagnostic evaluation to form a comprehensive picture of what is going on. This helps us come up with an individually tailored treatment plan for your specific needs.
All sessions are 45 minutes and we typically see clients once a week.
When working with younger children and teens, the sessions are split between working with the child/teen and the parent(s).
For individuals experiencing higher levels of distress and/or impairment in their daily lives and are in need of higher level of care, we offer Intensive Therapy where individuals will meet with a therapist more than once a week. Sessions stay at 45-50 minutes per meeting.
* Please note that Intensive Therapy is different from our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in that an IOP is at least 3 days a week (could be as much as 5 days a week) and 3 hours per session at a minimum.*