What we treat:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):
Persistent and excessive worry (often predicting the worst) about common concerns (work/school, relationships, health), to the point where it interferes with the person’s life (e.g., difficulty falling asleep).
Social avoidance due to anxiety about being judged (viewed as stupid, awkward, boring) or rejected in a social or performance situation. Worry about appearing visibly anxious (e.g., blushing, stumbling over words).
Spontaneous, seemingly out-of-the-blue panic attacks, accompanied by preoccupation with fears of having another panic attack. Avoidance of situations which might trigger a panic attack.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD):
Intrusive, unwanted thoughts or images that cause distress or anxiety, followed by compulsive behaviors which seek to lower anxiety, neutralize distressing thoughts or avoid feared outcomes. Compulsions may include overt checking, counting, repeating or mental review of information to gain certainty or ‘feel-right’
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
An anxiety disorder that is triggered by an event such as violence, an accident or a natural disaster. Symptoms include flashbacks, emotional detachment, increased startle response and panic.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD):
Preoccupation with an imagined physical defect (or a minor defect) that others often cannot see. The person sees themself as "ugly" and may avoid social exposure or turn to plastic surgery to improve appearance.
Frequent requests to leave class, come home from school or refusal to attend school entirely due to intrusive thoughts or body sensations of anxiety (nausea, heart racing, tightness in chest, sweating etc).
Disordered eating refers to a range of irregular eating behaviors that may or may not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder. The term “disordered eating” is a descriptive phrase, not a diagnosis.
All Eating Disorders, including (but not limited to):
Anorexia nervosa: weight loss (or lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children); difficulty maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature; may include distorted body image and purging behavior.
Bulimia nervosa: a cycle of binge eating and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or laxative use, designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.
Binge eating disorder: recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food, accompanied by feeling out of control during the binge, and followed by feelings of shame, distress or guilt.
Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID): restricting amount and/or types of food based on texture, color, taste, fear of becoming ill or a ‘not right’ feeling; the restricting interferes with health and/or social functioning; there is no preoccupation with body image or weight.