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Treatment Intensives


What are Treatment Intensives?
Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta offers intensive treatment programs for patients who need a higher level of intervention, but do not need in-patient or partial hospitalization level treatment. Patients may need an intensive program for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, a lack of accessibility to specialized treatment where they live, because symptom severity is too high for once-a-week outpatient therapy, or simply because they have busy lives and find it more convenient to immerse themselves in a more time-limited intensive treatment.

Why Treatment Intensives?
Treatment intensives are evidence-based treatment programs that offer an immersive, accelerated program, enabling patients to experience significant symptom reduction in a shorter period of time than would likely be achieved in once-a-week outpatient therapy. Each participant is designed an individualized treatment plan, tailored to their specific needs.

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Who is eligible for a Treatment Intensive?
The intensive program is designed for individuals who are struggling with problems associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders, including Social Anxiety, Specific Phobias, and Separation Anxiety.  

Eligibility is determined after a comprehensive initial assessment with one of our clinical team members. The comprehensive assessment includes a structured interview, questionnaires and standardized measures of symptom severity, a functional assessment, and a review of medical records, if applicable.

After eligibility is determined, you (and your family, if applicable) will meet with your lead clinician to discuss developing a treatment plan that will include formulating achievable goals and a timeline of treatment and to discuss approximate costs of treatment.

How long will the program take?
Treatment duration and session frequency are determined on an individual basis after the initial assessment and in consultation with the treatment team and participant (and their family if applicable). Patients generally receive a minimum of four and up to 10 hours of individual treatment per week, over a period of three to six weeks.

How do Treatment Intensives work?
  • Individual sessions, provided by clinicians who specialize in OCD and Anxiety Disorders
  • Treatment includes Psychoeducation, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) – treatments for OCD and Anxiety that have the strongest research support
  • Clinicians work with patients to develop exposure exercises that are specifically relevant to their needs
  • Patients participate in activities designed to encourage the generalization of learned skills into everyday life
  • Sessions occur both in the office and in a variety of real-life settings outside of the office, ensuring patients gain confidence in situations where they experience the most anxiety
    • Virtual sessions may be an option if determined to be appropriate by the clinical team
  • Progress is assessed on an ongoing basis in order to gauge the achievement of treatment goals

If you are interested in discussing Treatment Intensives, please contact Dr. Devika Basu, our Treatment Intensives Clinical Lead. 

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