Anxiety Disorders Center FAQs

Q: How can I make an appointment?
A: The easiest way to make an appointment is to complete our online New Patient Form. Once you complete the referral form, one of our clinicians will review the form and contact you within two business days to discuss your next step. If it seems like our center would be a good place to help you, we will then ask you to come in for an initial evaluation. The initial evaluation may last 2-3 hours. We ask you a lot of questions to understand your problems and determine whether we are a good place to help you, and if so, how we can help you.

Q: What hours does the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy operate?
A: We are open from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Later hours may be available on a limited basis.
I haven’t been seen at Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and I need to see someone immediately.

Q: Are you available for crisis intervention?
A: No. If you are in need of help immediately, you should contact your current providers. You can also contact the Institute of Living’s Access Center at 860.545.7200 or your nearest mobile crisis unit. If you are experiencing a clinical emergency you need to contact 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Q: Do you prescribe medication?
A: The Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is staffed by clinical psychologists. We do not prescribe medication at our facility, but will work with your psychiatrist or other medical professional if you are taking medication.

Q: How quickly can I get an appointment?
A: Scheduling a new patient appointment will depend on the type of service you are seeking and the times you have available. Generally, we have more openings for our Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programs or for our open ended groups. There may be a longer wait time for our weekly therapy appointments or for our time-limited groups. We have greater availability for appointments in the morning or early afternoon.

Q: What are the Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programs?
A: We currently run Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programs for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobia, Major Depressive Disorder and School Refusal. These are time limited individual programs that require daily participation. Sessions last approximately 2 hours. Please note that these programs are not billable through insurance. Click here for more information regarding our Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program.

Q: Can I pick my therapist?
A: You can make a request for a particular therapist. Choosing a particular therapist will depend on availability of the clinician.

Q: Do you offer a sliding scale for those that do not have insurance?
A: We do not offer a sliding scale; however, some patients may qualify for treatment through a research project or with a post doctoral fellow, resident, intern, or graduate student. These services are offered at a lower rate or at no cost. For a list of our research projects please see our research information.

Q: How much does your program cost?
A: There are different costs, depending on the program you enter. Our weekly outpatient therapy sessions with a licensed psychologist are billable through some insurance plans. You can check with your insurance plan to see if we are covered. We will verify insurance prior to an initial appointment at The Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

We also offer treatment with our post doctoral fellows ($50 for individual sessions) or our graduate students (no cost for those patients that are appropriate for this level of care). Some patients may also qualify for free treatment through our ongoing research projects.

Our group for compulsive hoarding is run by our post doctoral fellows and costs $20 per session.

If you are looking for treatment in one of our Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Programs, please note that it is not billable through insurance.

Q: Do you offer residential or inpatient treatment?
A: We are an outpatient facility and do not offer residential or inpatient treatment. You can contact the Access Center to discuss the Institute of Living’s residential and inpatient services at 860.545.7200.

Q: What types of treatment do you offer for compulsive hoarding?
A: The Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy offers group treatment for compulsive hoarding. Our groups run twice a year for 16 sessions.

Q: I have a family member in need of treatment that does not want to get help. Can you help me?
A: Familiy members can contact the Institute of Living’s Family Resource Center for support and guidance about a family member with mental illness.

Q: Who are your clinicians and what are their specialties?
A: For a list of our clinicians and their specialties please go to our team page.

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