Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll right away
Only for a limited time -3-4 weeks! Please book with us as soon as you can to get your preferred appointment time slot!
We are welcoming two new psychologists (see our website, http://www.washingtonanxietycenter.com for their bios) and are immediately accepting patients for telehealth and in-person sessions!
You will be scheduled immediately if you reach out this week! This typically does not last for more than a few weeks, so if you are interested, please reach out asap at email@example.com
We hope to welcome you on board!
Director of the Washington Anxiety Center of Capitol Hill
We are so excited to announce we are opening a satellite branch of Washington Anxiety Center in Old Town, Alexandria!
We are officially open November 1, 2022. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an in-person or virtual appointment
Please reach out to us for an appointment, in person or virtual.
Every few years I have to re-address with our patients how important it is to continue treatment over breaks (summer, winter, spring). If someone has a diabetes or cancer diagnosis, they do not stop taking their medications during these breaks, so why with mental health do we deem it ok?
Available studies have shown that you can actually backslide significantly during the beginning and active phases of treatment if you do not attend consistently (i.e., every week). Towards the end of treatment, one can typically space out sessions over several weeks so taking a break would not have too much of a significant impact in terms of treatment success and outcomes.
Make sure to keep your weekly appointments and follow the recommendations of your provider. Day and sleep away camps actually have medical personnel on staff and can accommodate virtual appointments in privacy; all you have to do is ask!
Remember, keep your treatment going!
Hope you all are having a happy summer!
I am VERY thrilled to announce that we have brought on Dr. Jennifer Henderson. She is a fabulous clinician. Please see her bio on our website (https://www.washingtonanxietycenter.com/dr-henderson-bio.html)
We have NO current wait for teletherapy for adults or adolescents 14 and above.
Younger kids the waitlist is around 2 months.
Please contact us at email@example.com to get booked in. This is a rare occurrence at the practice and not likely to last more than a few weeks!
Are you looking to prevent the onset of anxiety and depression during or after pregnancy?
Do you need a place and support system to discuss your pregnancy and birthing journey?
Do you want specific skills you can apply during and after pregnancy to decrease your anxiety and depression?
This group is for you!
The group will have 4-5 patients who have been screened for similar presenting concerns. The group will be semi-structured within a cognitive-behavioral model (the most evidence-based treatment for anxiety in peri- and post-partum mothers). Discussions will be had on the education on the birthing process, hormonal fluctuation during and after pregnancy, developing resiliency with mental health concerns pre and post pregnancy, how to restructure your thoughts to be more helpful, and how to face your fears as a mother. Dedicated time during session will allow for group dynamic development and an effective social support system.
The group will run from Feb 15th-April 5th, 2022, on the following Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm:
Cost is $125 per group.
Each patient must commit to all 8 sessions, as group dynamic emerges and needs to be maintained. Each patient must also have an intake with the practice prior to joining the group.
Dr. Kaplan, the psychologist running the group, has had over 15 years of experiencing treating women with peri- and postpartum anxiety and depression. Please see our homepage for her full bio.
Our Accelerated/Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program
At the Washington Anxiety Center of Capitol Hill, we have dedicated one clinician on staff to always be available for this program. Please call us at 202-768-6494 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Exposure-based therapy (as part of cognitive-behavioral therapy) is THE most evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders. Accelerated programs are structured to meet the individual patient’s needs. A fear and avoidance hierarchy is designed and individualized per patient and exposures adhere to this plan during the program.
The majority of patients who participate in the program respond well. The aim of this program is to decrease anxiety symptoms (and depression) at a faster rate than 1x a week treatment (e.g., one can have many months of treatment in 1-3 weeks) and potentially avoid a higher level of care (e.g., IOP programs, residential, or inpatient).
We accept and encourage this service to be complementary to services you may be receiving at other practices. For example, if your therapist does not have the availability for multiple exposure sessions during the week, you can continue seeing them while you complete our program and then return to their regular care.
At this time, we offer accelerated programs for the following disorders:
4 sessions a week for 3 weeks
4 sessions a week for 1 week OR 2-3 sessions a week for 2 weeks
4 sessions a week for 8 consecutive weeks
1-4 hours of a single session OR 1-2 hours of 2 sessions
4 sessions a week for 4 consecutive weeks
Q: Is this an inpatient, partial hospital, or residential program?
A: The Accelerated program is an exposure-therapy specialized program that does not fit into any of the categories listed above.
Q: Does “accelerated” mean the treatment is more difficult?
A: No, in fact, it means that it is more frequent and focused, with the hope that you are able to accomplish a lot in a shorter amount of therapeutic time.
The psychological definition of compassion is “a response that occurs only when the situation is perceived as serious, unjust and relatable. It requires a certain level of awareness, concern and empathy.”
With COVID-19 coming to a close and the trauma that we have ALL endured, compassion is necessary now. But, what does that mean???
It means taking a breath when someone complains about COVID (in either direction). It means listening and not judging. It means taking space for yourself when you are stressed. It means putting up boundaries in a kind manner. It means being responsive to others in a timely manner and respectful to them. It means being purposefully thoughtful and quiet sometimes.
I also want to take this post to personally apologize to the patients who have been on our waitlist during COVID. Please know that our staff have been working themselves on a daily basis to get you all in and have sacrificed their own self-care many times to help. However, this year has been very tough for us as a practice and honestly, overwhelming at times. We appreciate and care about you all as our patients, and words cannot express how we have appreciated your patience and understanding. We wanted to make sure to let you know we recognize that and are so very grateful to provide services in such a warm and loving community.
All our best,
WACCH staff and Dr. Kaplan
Please join us, as our Director, Dr. Kaplan presents live on Instagram for Paul VI high school, Thursday, April 30th at 7pm EST. The presentation will focus on managing parent and child anxiety during this pandemic and discussing issues such as the eventual reintegration back into the school setting.