Individuals with anxiety disorders often feel isolated and misunderstood. They may think that no one else can relate to their difficulties and symptoms. These thoughts and feelings can lead to increased avoidance, feelings of hopelessness, and even depression.
In reality, anxiety disorders are the most frequent mental health disorders in the U.S. Many individuals with anxiety disorders find acceptance, understanding, and renewed motivation and commitment by participating in a support group designed specifically for people with anxiety. A support group can be a valuable adjunct to psychotherapy or counseling. It also can be a valuable resource for people who are not currently receiving professional therapy.
The Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center is pleased to sponsor three support groups. These groups have met every other week for many years. The groups are for adults 18 years or older. There is no charge for participation. All groups meet at our center at 112 Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA.
Anxiety and Panic Support Group:
This is a therapist-facilitated support group for individuals experiencing any of a variety of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific fears and phobias. Participants are encouraged to discuss anxiety-related concerns, difficulties, personal goals, progress and successes. The therapist offers support, information and education about anxiety disorders and suggestions for ways to address anxiety problems. The group atmosphere is informal, supportive, and nonjudgmental. Participants are encouraged to identify personally meaningful goals to work on between group sessions.
This support group is facilitated by staff psychologists Dr. Gerald O’Brien and Dr. Chelsea Hersperger. The group meets every other Monday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We do not meet on major holidays or in the event of severe weather. Check our home page for the current schedule. Individuals who are interested in joining this group are asked to first call our director, Dr. Linda Welsh at 610-667-6490, ext. 15 for a brief phone screening.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Support Group:
Our OCD Support Group has been meeting on a continuing basis at our center for more than 15 years. This group is designed specifically for individuals with OCD and OCD spectrum disorders, including compulsive hoarding. One of AATC’s staff psychologists facilitates each group. The meeting typically begins with group discussion of a question or topic suggested by the therapist. The focus then switches to small group discussions focusing on individualized goal planning, progress toward these goals, and trouble-shooting when a member is experiencing difficulty progressing on goals. As in the Anxiety and Panic Support Group, the group atmosphere is informal, supportive and nonjudgmental.
The OCD Support Group meets every other Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30 pm. We do not meet on major holidays or in the event of severe weather. Check our home page for the current schedule. Individuals who are interested in joining this group are asked to first call our director, Dr. Linda Welsh at 610-667-6490, ext. 15 for a brief phone screening.
OCD "FOCUS" Support Group for Family and Friends:
The ongoing FOCUS support group is open to family members and friends of individuals who have OCD. It is facilitated by one or more long-term members of the group. An AATC therapist attends this group approximately once every 3 months to offer education about OCD, how this disorder may affect other people, and suggestions for dealing with the OCD sufferer and one’s own feelings and reactions to this frequently challenging condition.
The Family & Friends Support Group meets in another room at AATC at the same time as the OCD Support Group (every other Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 pm, see home page for current schedule). There is no fee for this support group. Family members and friends may attend this support group whether or not the OCD client comes to the OCD Support Group.
A phone screening is not required prior to joining this group. However, if you have questions, please contact our director, Dr. Linda Welsh at 610-667-6490 (ext. 15).
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