Treatment Programs for Adults

Anxiety House Sunshine Coast offers a wide range of treatment options for adults going through high levels of stress, anxiety, and OCD.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an anxiety disorder treatment that is the most widely researched among its kind. CBT is based on the premise of cognition (how we think) influencing our emotions and behaviours. The cognitive aspect of the treatment involves examining thoughts, identifying non-constructive or destructive thought patterns, and developing healthier alternative thinking styles. The behavioural part of the treatment addresses the varying behaviours that enable disruptive thinking and heightened anxiety, such as excessive reassurance seeking, attentional focus, avoidance, or compulsive behaviours. CBT is a joint treatment between client and clinician, working together at the client’s pace to face the many variables that enable or maintain the anxiety disorder. CBT is considered an active treatment involving skill acquisition, which does not require it to assign homework (i.e. thought monitoring, practising various anxiety management skills).

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, (‘ACT, pronounced as the word ‘act’) is a behaviour therapy based on mindfulness. ACT’s goal envisions a purposeful life that accepts the pain as an inevitable part of living, with mindful action assisting in the creation of such a way of living. ACT teaches mindfulness skills as a way of dealing with such private experiences. Where ACT differs from traditional cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is in focusing on a “just notice” mindset; instead of aiming to control thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories, and other private events, ACT espouses accepting and embracing them instead, particularly the previously unwanted thoughts and emotions.

Metacognitive Therapy (MCT)

Psychological disorders like anxiety make thinking difficult to control. With anxiety, the thought process is dominated by excessive worry or thinking, which leads to a spike in emotional suffering that worsens as the person’s thinking and attention focuses on the “false danger”. Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) assists clients in developing new ways of managing their attention and negative thoughts, as well as modifying metacognitive beliefs that arise in non-constructive thinking patterns. The main focus of MCT is the interpretation of thought, differing from CBT which focuses on the adjustment of thought content.

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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 adult individuals who are dealing with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Dr Emily O’Leary, Co-Director of Anxiety House Sunshine Coast and Director of the OCD Clinic Brisbane, wrote the program as an answer to her recognizing a gap in the literature for treatment manuals for OCD. The program is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)-inclined and is undergoing research currently.

Get Back to You: A 10 Step Program for Adults With OCD is designed for implementation with the assistance of a qualified health professional.