Our Focus

We specialize in treating anxiety and related disorders for adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25.

Our singular goal is to free our clients from disabling anxiety, using an approach that directly addresses emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms. We’re equipped with the latest evidence-based protocols to target and treat conditions that interfere with home, school, and social life.

Anxiety Disorders

Characterized by emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms of anxiety that are overwhelming, disproportionate and disabling.

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical responses related to the ‘fight or flight’ response. While unpleasant, anxiety is both a normal and adaptive response that creates a level of arousal and alertness to prepare and protect us from threat. When the emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms of anxiety become overwhelming, disproportionate, and/or disabling relative to social, emotional, and academic functioning, criteria for an Anxiety Disorder is often met. While the common thread across all the Anxiety Disorders is excessive anxiety, fear, and avoidance, each differ from one another based on the type of objects or situations that induce the physiological, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms.

Disorders Include:

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is characterized by an extreme and persistent aversion to certain foods, leading to nutritional deficiencies, significant weight loss, and psychological consequences.

Unlike other eating disorders, ARFID is not driven by body image concerns but rather by aversions of certain foods, fear of adverse consequences from eating, or a general lack of interest in food. This condition can affect individuals of all ages, and its impact on physical and mental health necessitates comprehensive, specialized treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ARFID (CBT-AR).

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Rule Out Conditions

Anxiety Institute specializes in treating anxiety, OCD and related disorders. As such, individuals struggling with the following disorders are better served by other programs. We are happy to refer you to an educational consultant who specializes in these clinical and educational options.

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*About our descriptions

The anxiety disorder descriptions use language and interpretation from both the DSM IV and the DSM V, national and international mental health and anxiety-focused associations and clinical research done in out-patient and residential treatment settings and educational counseling centers working exclusively with individuals between the ages of 12 and 25 years old.

The nature, experience, and impact of anxiety disorders among teenagers and young adults can have some unique features, from the way the individual experiences symptoms to the influence anxiety has on the individual’s family to the ever-changing cultural experience of the individual. For this reason, these descriptions and definitions value and incorporate the findings from multiple sources. We continually refine these descriptions to ensure they accurately reflect the experience of anxiety in teens.