Anxiety Program

Welcome to the Anxiety Program at the Johnson Depression Center where our providers are equipped with the best tools to help people overcome anxiety.

Anxiety may be one of the most crippling experiences; however with effective, evidenced-based treatment, people do get better and these gains can last a lifetime.

While our providers may vary in their approaches, they understand that the core of effective treatment involves elements of exposure. The principle behind exposure treatment can be seen in the metaphor of learning any skill.

Take skiing as an example: If all you did was talk about skiing, how effective of a skier would you ever be? The only way to become an expert skier is to ski. Anxiety treatment works the same way—first you learn the skills to ski, then we use those skills to help you tackle your own mountains.

Another advantage to our approach is that we have many ways to help people tackle anxiety. This can include:

  • Telehealth: face-to-face therapy conducted online at a person’s home, if the home is where the anxiety is primarily present, or for convenience if the clinic is too far away for in-person therapy
  • Virtual reality: transport to any place, situation or environment in the world
  • Group therapy: learn the skills with others who experience anxiety, which helps them experience that they are not alone
  • Boot camps: intensive group workshops for people who do not have the time to commit to weekly therapy

Our Anxiety Program also focuses on and serves all ages, and providers teach effective skills in developmentally appropriate ways. For younger ages, typically parent involvement is a key part of the process with parents learning side by side with their children.

Anxiety Areas of Focus

  • Specific Phobias (flying, skiing, heights, animals)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Selective Mutism
  • School Refusal Focused Due to Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Traumatic Experiences

Anxiety Program Delivery Options

  • Telehealth
  • Virtual Reality
  • Groups
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples or Family-focused Anxiety Treatment
  • Bootcamps
  • Parent Trainings

Anxiety Training Resources

The Anxiety Program is also dedicated to teaching best principles around anxiety treatment to different communities. This can take the form of community talks or specialized trainings. Past talks have been held in a variety of venues including schools, medical centers, police departments, pediatric offices and primary care clinics. Specialized anxiety trainings are held at the Johnson Depression Center for community professionals. To host or attend a training, please contact Alex Yannacone, director of education and community programs.

Past Community Talks

Identification and Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorders
with Scott Cypers, PhD

To Worry or Not to Worry with Marianne Wamboldt, MD


Stress to Success
with Scott Cypers, PhD

Schedule an Appointment