Groups

All of our groups use the latest developments in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and are based upon a 16-week timeline designed to educate participants about both the nature of their anxiety and the skills necessary to cope with and manage their anxiety. Each group session lasts for a standardized two hours. Though the groups use a 16-week format, group members can stay as few as four weeks or as long as they need. Many of our group participants have found that repeating some or all of the 16-week program is helpful in achieving confidence that they can manage their anxiety on their own. New clients are welcome to join one of our groups at any point during the 16-week program. We do require a one session intake evaluation/diagnostic interview prior to beginning any of our groups.

Social Anxiety Group

Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Led by Elke Zuercher-White, Ph.D., ABPP

There is good evidence that one of the best ways to treat Social Anxiety is in a group setting, because attending the group itself provides a chance to practice the very skills necessary to manage social anxiety. Our Social Anxiety Group is a 16 week Cognitive Behavioral Therapy -based program designed to teach the skills necessary to manage anxiety in social situations. Topics included in the 16 weeks include a description of what is social anxiety, assertiveness, how to start and maintain conversations, how to meet people and develop friendships, public speaking and job interviews. A typical group session will involve a presentation on some aspect of social anxiety or teaching a particular skill to manage/cope with anxiety followed by debriefing homework assignments. An integral part of our program is weekly homework assignments wherein everyone is given an assignment which involves addressing some aspect of their social anxiety.

Panic/Agoraphobia/Phobia Group

Wednesdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Led by Elke Zuercher-White, Ph.D., ABPP

This is a sixteen week program, meeting weekly, for clients with panic, agoraphobia and some other phobias. We address panic and phobic fears and avoidances, both cognitively and behaviorally, as well as relapse prevention. Clients learn to understand where such fears tend to originate from, what maintains and reinforces them, and how to overcome their fears. While everyone’s rate of progress varies, we strongly encourage clients to aspire for recovery.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Group

Thursdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Led by Robert McLellarn, Ph.D. and Elke Zuercher-White, Ph.D., ABPP

As in all the other groups in our clinic, clients in this group are encouraged to face the very things they fear the most. Clients typically do this in a systematic gradual manner so that less threatening fears are addressed first and over time more and more challenging issues are addressed. We find that those clients who aggressively tackle all of their feared issues are the ones who get the best outcomes so we encourage clients to approach their OCD in this way. Themes tackled in the group run the gamut of typical OCD fears such as contamination ,checking, “just right” OCD and both harming and sexual intrusive thoughts.