SPECIALIZED TREATMENT PROGRAMS
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment Program
The OCD Treatment Program follows currently accepted treatment guidelines in providing individual, comprehensive behavior therapy. This approach incorporates cognitive therapy, exposure and response prevention, and family support to alleviate obsessions and compulsions in children, adolescents, and adults. Therapeutic options include brief intensive treatment, in vivo therapy, family education, school consultation, life counseling, and others.
Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) Treatment Program
Treatment for BFRBs (hair pulling disorder and skin picking disorder) has been offered at BTC for over two decades. The BFRB Treatment Program offers individual therapy services. Comprehensive cognitive behavioral treatment for BFRBs is provided using a treatment model developed at BTC and described in professional publications authored by BTC staff members. Therapy is geared to the specific needs of each individual, with special considerations given to family and parental involvement in treatment of children and adolescents.
Compulsive Hoarding Treatment Program
Compulsive Hoarding is characterized by the acquisition of, and failure to discard a large number of objects that appear useless or of limited value. It results in unusable living spaces and significant distress or impairment. The specialized Compulsive Hoarding Treatment Program offers individual therapy services that target the nature of hoarding and its impact on many aspects of life (including physical and emotional health, interpersonal relationships, and self-esteem). Treatment focuses on skills to address hoarding problems, strategies to work on setbacks, and possible barriers to the decluttering process. In vivo sessions (“home visits”) emphasize the practice of decluttering skills with assistance, while challenging associated thoughts and feelings in the moment and developing situation-specific strategies.
Child and Adolescent Disorders Program
BTC provides cognitive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents who experience problems common to young people. Among these problems are hyperactivity, school refusal, shyness, oppositional behaviors, fearfulness, low self esteem, depression, nervous habits and tics, learning disabilities, and others. This program offers opportunities for evaluation, school consultation, parent training, and family treatment.
Adult Anxiety Disorders Program
The Adult Anxiety Disorders Program provides evaluation and treatment of a wide range of problems involving anxiety. Among these are panic disorder, agoraphobia, stress, social phobia, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Detailed assessments lead to the development of individualized treatment plans for each client. Clients are taught to manage anxiety and reduce its effects by dealing more effectively with situations that trigger anxiety, panic, and disruptive behavior.
Social Anxiety Treatment Program
The Behavior Therapy Center is offering a specialized social anxiety disorder treatment program. This treatment program consists of a combination of individual and group sessions. The individual sessions are designed to reduce one’s fear and avoidance of social situations through individually designed exercises during which clients are assisted in confronting their specific fears. The group component consists of twelve 90-minute sessions during which group members are instructed on specific social skills that research has identified as commonly problematic for individuals with social anxiety disorder, including initiating and maintaining conversations, joining groups, inviting others to join activities, giving and receiving compliments, assertiveness, and public speaking skills. These skills are modeled by group leaders, rehearsed by group members, with feedback, guidance, and support provided by group leaders and other group members. Homework is assigned weekly and plays an integral role in treatment.