Subsequent to contacting CAAT, we will start with a thorough individual assessment. This involves a structured evaluation to assist in determining what may be contributing to the individual’s condition or symptoms. A treatment plan is then outlined to meet the unique needs of each individual.
We offer cognitive behavioural therapy in individual and group formats. Cognitive behavioural therapy helps individuals to learn to think, feel, and behave in a way that will reduce the symptoms contributing to their overwhelming anxiety. A variety of treatment strategies are used including the evaluation of thought patterns and exposure therapy. It is our goal to eliminate anxiety problems and equip our clients with the skills necessary to prevent/minimize relapse in the future.
We offer individual therapy for all the anxiety disorders including:
- Panic disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Social phobia/social anxiety disorder
- Specific phobias
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Selective mutism
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
In addition, we offer cognitive specialized coaching for adult ADD and for individuals who are fearful of driving.
Individual therapy is conducted by a Clinical Anxiety/ADD Specialist within the clinic, however as required can take place in home or in the community. Cognitive behavioural group therapy is an effective alternative to one-on-one treatment program. Group sessions are 2 hours long and are held once per week typically for 12 to 16 weeks. In addition to providing a supportive setting to discuss and learn about anxiety disorders, the groups involve: therapist accompanied exposure tasks, exposure to anxiety symptoms, training on cognitive restructuring techniques, and the designation of individual homework tasks and long term goals. Although the treatment occurs within a group framework, each member assumes responsibility for his or her treatment by working regularly and independently when outside of the group (i.e. homework).