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Anxiety can be a debilitating condition impacting every aspect of our lives. Anxiety makes us uncomfortable and can make it difficult to fully engage with work, family, school and friendships. We end up not participating in life to our fullest extent, but that is not something we have to endure.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most researched treatment for anxiety and related disorders. CBT is a goal-oriented, problem-centered, skill-focused treatment that targets three interacting anxiety subsystems that are typically affected by these disorders—thoughts, behaviors and physiology. Different elements of CBT can be applied depending upon patient needs.
The Adult Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (AICBT) program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers intensive cognitive behavioral treatment for a range of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive (OC) spectrum disorders.
The AICBT program is especially designed to meet the needs of individuals 18 and older who do not have the luxury of spending months in weekly therapy and need to make progress quickly. It can also benefit individuals who struggle with making progress in the typical once-a-week treatment model, have hit a plateau or are experiencing slowed progress.
The AICBT program can be especially beneficial because if offers:
Patients who engage in the Adult Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (AICBT) program at Massachusetts General Hospital must be willing to commit three hours per day to working with their therapists over the course of treatment. They must also be willing to practice the skills learned during the sessions on their own time.
Disorders treated at the AICBT program include:
AICBT is likely to be appropriate for you if:
A comprehensive assessment will be done at the outset to ensure that this treatment is a good fit. Once the assessment is complete and you have been accepted into the program, treatment will be scheduled at a time that works for both you and your therapist. You will work together to determine the goals of treatment and the best type of exposures or exercises to achieve these goals. Note that patients will never be “made” to do exposures and will always do them at their own pace with the encouragement of the therapist.
Accepting New Patients
The Adult Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program does not accept any insurance and is a self-pay program only. The costs of clinician travel to and from locations outside of the hospital, as well as costs to facilitate any exposures, are additional to the base price of the program.
We will provide you with an estimate of the cost of your personalized treatment once we have discussed these treatment options with you and your treatment plan has been made.
Aisha Usmani, PhDDirector, AICBT program617-643-6095Jennifer Ragan, PhDAssociate Director, AICBT program617-643-3074
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