Twice-Per-Week Anxiety Disorders Program
Beyond Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:
Spectrum Disorders Program
Developed especially for those with:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Other Anxiety Disorders
Spectrum Disorders Program
The Twice-Per-Week Program integrates the best approaches of Anxiety Disorders at a more convenient pace:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Dr. Eda Gorbis Ph.D., M.F.C.C.
- Prolonged Exposure and Response Prevention Protocol developed by Edna Foa, Ph.D., author of Stop Obsessing!
- Four-Step Method developed by Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, author of Brain Lock
The Spectrum Disorders Program is a semi-intensive approach made to accommodate the professionals and busy individuals that are struggling to deal with or maintaining the level of their disorder.
For eight weeks you will work with the staff to achieve freedom from obsessions and compulsions at the Institute and will agree to complete the assigned daily homework assignments. As in the From Fear to Freedom Program, If you come ready to abolish the OCD, your medical team will be ready to work with you and you will achieve steady success.
The program is individually tailored to your specific needs and conditions. You work one-on-one with a highly trained therapist who will guide you and -- when necessary -- drag you through every step of the process. You will be treated, monitored, and taught by a highly motivated and trained team of experts in psychopharmacology, psychiatry, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
The Four Steps
Step 1: Relabel
Recognize the intrusive thoughts and urges as due to
Step 2: Reattribute
Realize that the intensity and intrusiveness of the thought
or urge is caused by OCD; it is probably due to a biochemical
imbalance in the brain. Remember, "it's not me, it's the OCD."
Step 3: Refocus
Work around the OCD thoughts by focussing attention on
something else, at least for a few minutes. Do not give in to a
Step 4: Revalue
Do not take the OCD thought at face value. It is not
significant in itself
More about the Four Steps ...
Prolonged Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy
As we train you to identify OCD-related behavior, exposure and response prevention is designed to break up
the maladaptive associations between anxiety, obsessions, and the performance of compulsions in an attempt to get relief from the anxiety.
- We teach you to stay in an OCD situation until discomfort decreases.
- We help you concentrate on targeted situations and guide you through each and every one of them.
- We repeat the exposures daily using stimuli specifically prepared for you until your distress significantly dissipates.
- We increase your mindful awareness by training you to self-monitor and record your rituals.
Eight Weeks ... Three Essential Components
- Evaluation, using scientifically validated rating scales, including the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS) and
other clinical tools.
- Information Gathering.
- Exposure and Response Prevention
- Four Step Work
Relapse Prevention Program
Developed Exclusively for the Westwood Institute by
Eda Gorbis, PhD, MFCC
Vice-President, Clinical Advisor & Director of Professional
OC & Spectrum Disorders Association
More about Dr. Gorbis...