Treatment for Adults
Treatment for adults can consist of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medication, or a combination of both. We provide an initial evaluation and treatment recommendations and together with our patients put a plan in place that our patients feel meets their needs. Fortunately, treatment for anxiety and depression has been shown to respond to short terms treatment methods such as CBT, so patients can expect to commit to an average of only 10-16 sessions of therapy.
Similarly, medication treatment sometimes can be short term and used only on an as-needed basis, and our psychiatrists will provide education about all the aspects of medication whether used alone or in combination with psychotherapy.
The Ross Center’s Intensive Treatment Program is an accelerated individualized program designed to provide effective, cost-efficient therapy to people seeking help for an anxiety disorder who live outside of the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Participants are given all of the same information, tools and techniques, therapeutic experiences and practice assignments that they would receive if they were in treatment at The Ross Center on a weekly basis.
What are the components of the Intensive Treatment Program?
The basic Intensive Treatment Program includes a one-hour private consultation/diagnostic evaluation; sixteen private forty-five (45) minute therapy sessions over a five-day period with one of the Center’s cognitive-behavioral therapists; and three fifteen (15) minute telephone follow-up sessions with the therapist upon returning home. Additional 45 minute therapy sessions and/or a medical consultation with a psychiatrist can be arranged for additional charges.
The Intensive Treatment Program, like the regular program, is experiential and pro-active. Participants are actively engaged in the recovery process during their entire stay. A major component of the program involves written and practical homework assignments, individually designed to reinforce the specific coping strategies and techniques learned during the therapy sessions.
The Ross Center is an outpatient facility. Participants enrolled in the Intensive Treatment Program will be given a list of nearby hotels, in various price categories, where they can stay during their treatment. Therapy sessions may take place either in the office or in “real life” anxiety provoking situations, depending upon the nature of the individual’s problem.
Who will benefit from the Intensive Treatment Program?
The Intensive Treatment Program is designed for people suffering from panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia), specific phobias (i.e. driving, animals/insects, heights), social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Individuals who have previously attempted to get treatment, are currently in therapy, or have never been treated for an anxiety disorder will benefit from the program.
The Intensive Treatment Program is not recommended for people with active substance abuse problems or certain other serious illnesses. The Ross Center reserves the right to accept only those people into the program whom they believe will most benefit from the treatment. This judgment is based on a careful review of the application and telephone conversations with the applicant and, when relevant, other involved persons, such as family members, therapists or physicians.
Can family members participate in the Intensive Treatment Program?
Family members are welcome to participate in the program to the extent that is in the best interest of the patient. In some cases it is helpful for a family member to actually sit in during one or more therapy sessions, while in others it is best that the patient be seen alone. In almost all instances, however, accompanying family members can play a major role in helping patients practice and reinforce what they are learning while undergoing treatment, and upon returning home.
What happens after I return home?
The Intensive Treatment Program leaves participants with a strong, solid base that continues to expand as they put their newfound skills to work in their home environment. Prior to completing the program, they are given follow-up assignments, directions for practical applications of what they have learned, and detailed instructions for continued and ongoing practice at home. Armed with an array of specific tools, techniques and anxiety management skills, patients leave the five-day program energized and highly motivated to continue the momentum of their recovery.
The Ross Center staff are available by phone to program participants while they are actively engaged in the program as well as any time in the future. It is suggested that individuals begin to use their three (3) fifteen-minute phone sessions, which are included in the Intensive Treatment Program, a week or two after they have returned home. In addition, therapists will provide ongoing support, if indicated and as needed, via telephone, prorated at the regular forty-five minute session rate.
Can I still participate in the Intensive Treatment Program if I live in the Washington, D.C. area?
Yes. Some people find that a short, accelerated program best fits their needs. Individuals with busy work/travel schedules, for example, may find it more convenient to take an entire week off from work and immerse themselves in treatment rather than to try to schedule weekly therapy sessions. The Intensive Treatment Program is as inclusive and therapeutically effective as the regular program, so local patients who prefer to take advantage of it are most welcome.