The Anxiety/Stress Management Program and Support Group Offered at Specialized Therapy Associates

Everyone worries from time to time, but sometimes anxiety can become all-consuming, inhibiting everyday life. Most of us have experienced anxiety at some point in our lives. It is a normal response to threatening situations. Under certain circumstances, anxiety can actually help us to evaluate and mobilize our resources in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones. In moderation, it can also help us to be more efficient and improve our performance in some tasks. Sometimes, however, anxiety can become all-consuming, hindering our abilities and interfering with our daily lives. At extreme levels, it can severely impair our functioning.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults, age 18 years and older (one out of every five people) in a given year. Anxiety Disorders are the most prevalent health problems in the United States, surpassing alcohol and drug abuse. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated.

The Anxiety/Stress Management Program at Specialized Therapy Associates treats the various types of anxiety including:
 Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
 Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
 Panic Disorder
 Specific Phobia
 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the primary approach used to treat Anxiety Disorders. CBT is a therapeutic approach that integrates cognitive (thought) restructuring and behavior modification techniques. Essentially, CBT is about reprogramming habits, changing the way you think and changing the way you act.

The goals of the program are to help develop:
 Knowledge about anxiety conditions
 Self-management techniques
 An understanding of how automatic thoughts, unconscious rules/beliefs, and thinking styles contribute to anxiety
 The ability to use graduated exposure to reduce symptoms of anxiety
 Goal setting and follow-through
 Positive coping strategies to replace negative coping strategies
 The ability to manage symptoms of anxiety

Specialized Therapy Associates offers a weekly support group for adults who are suffering from anxiety. The group is held every Thursday evening from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in our Hackensack office.  The group’s focus involves providing members with support, guidance, and treatment related to their own progress. We aim to help develop and promote healthy social interaction and provide the opportunity to receive peer feedback in a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental environment.

The support group is a great opportunity to establish relations with others who can appreciate the daily challenges of this potentially disabling condition.

The goals of the group are to help develop:
 Knowledge About Anxiety
 Self-Management Techniques
 An Understanding of How Automatic Thoughts, Unconscious Rules / Beliefs, and Thinking Styles Contribute to Anxiety
 Goal Setting and Follow-Through
 Positive Coping Strategies to Replace Negative Coping Strategies
 Ability to Manage Symptoms of Anxiety
 Improved Self Esteem

-Dr. Jennifer Stevenson, PsyD., LPC.

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