Treatment Programs for Adults

At Anxiety House Sunshine Coast, we offer a variety of treatment options for adults experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and OCD.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most widely researched therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders. CBT is based on the premise that how we think (cognitions) influences how we feel (emotions) and what we do (behaviours). The cognitive element of treatment involves examining thoughts, identifying unhelpful thinking styles and working to develop healthier alternative thinking patterns. The behavioural element of treatment involves addressing the various behaviours which maintain our unhelpful thinking and heightened anxiety, such as avoidance, attentional focus, excessive reassurance seeking or compulsive behaviours. CBT is a collaborative treatment between client and clinician, working together at the pace of the client to address the various factors which are maintaining the anxiety disorder. CBT is also what we refer to as an ‘active’ treatment, involving skill acquisition and therefore does involve homework outside of treatment such as thought monitoring or practicing various anxiety management skills.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ‘ACT’ (pronounced as the word ‘act’) is a mindfulness based behavioural therapy. The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. It is only through mindful action that we can create a meaningful life. ACT teaches mindfulness skills as an effective way to handle these private experiences. ACT differs from traditional cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in that rather than trying to teach people to better control their thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories and other private events, ACT teaches them to “just notice”, accept, and embrace their private events, especially previously unwanted ones.

Metacognitive Therapy (MCT)

In psychological disorders such as anxiety, thinking becomes difficult to control and is dominated by extended processing in the form of excessive worry or rumination. This leads to an increase in emotional suffering, which worsens as the person’s thinking and attention becomes fixed on “false danger”. MCT helps patients develop new ways of controlling their attention, new ways of relating to negative thoughts and beliefs, and modify metacognitive beliefs that give rise to unhelpful thinking patterns. MCT differs from CBT in that the focus is on how we interpret or think about our thinking, as opposed to focusing on adjusting the content of thinking per se.
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Get Back to You

Get Back to You: A 10 Step Program for Adults With OCD, is a treatment package for adults whose main concern is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The program was written by Dr Emily O’Leary, Director of the OCD Clinic Brisbane, and Co-Director of Anxiety House Sunshine Coast after recognising a gap in the literature for such a treatment manual. The program is predominantly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is currently undergoing research. The program is designed to be worked through with a health professional trained in the area of OCD.