Katherine’s primary therapeutic orientation includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Exposure-Based Interventions. She primarily treats Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and PTSD.
LivingRite’s Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Team provides individuals the opportunity to obtain specialized, individualized treatment in the areas of:
- Anxiety Disorders (Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, and Specific Phobias)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Illness Anxiety Disorder (Hypochondriasis)
Our Team Specialists (please see our Specialists’ bios below) have extensive training, supervision, and experience in providing Cognitive Behavioral and Exposure-Based interventions to address your specific needs. Interested in setting up an appointment with one of our specialists?
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The Anxiety and OCD Specialty Team Lead is Dr. Katherine Harris, PhD, LCP.
Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, focuses on changing negative patterns of thoughts and behaviors in order to bring about positive changes in mood. CBT has received extensive research support as an effective treatment intervention, and the CBT therapies we offer are considered evidence-based practice. Individuals who complete CBT treatment tend to experience high levels of symptom relief and reduced relapse rates when compared to medication or other talk-therapy treatments. Your therapist will help you identify thoughts and behaviors that are serving to maintain your anxiety, and he or she will work with you to make helpful changes to allow you to reach your goals.
What are Exposures?
Exposures are the “B” of CBT, and involve repeatedly confronting feared situations, thoughts, images, etc. in a controlled fashion in order to ultimately reduce or eliminate the anxiety response. Exposures are introduced into treatment in a hierarchical fashion, beginning with less difficult items and working toward more difficult items over time. You and your therapist will work together to construct your hierarchy, and you will decide together how to proceed upward through your hierarchy. Making the decision to do things differently by trying the exposures can help you learn what you are capable of, that you can effectively manage intense emotions, and that you can participate in life without anxiety controlling you! Many people ask why they haven’t lost their fear or anxiety on their own. Your therapist will help you identify whether you are engaging in behaviors and/or thoughts that may be interfering with your ability to learn from your experience. In addition, as mentioned, exposures are done in a controlled way, meaning that you are taught how to structure the experience so that you can get the most benefit.
What Can I Expect?
Treatment begins with your therapist providing educational information in order to help you better understand your anxiety and how treatment can be helpful in reducing your anxiety over the long-run. You will learn about how your current patterns of thoughts and behaviors are maintaining your anxiety, and you and your therapist will work to identify and implement changes to test out how new thoughts and new behaviors can result in you feeling less anxious.