What Is The Method?

Adaptive Behavioral therapy is an evidence-based approach to treatment and prevention of anxiety symptoms such as Depression, Obsessive thoughts, Bipolar behavior, Mood disorders, and stress related symptoms such as excessive drinking, smoking, talking or sleeping. This treatment has been created and developed by Dr. Denning, a clinical psychologist, in an effort to find a direct effect on anxiety symptoms through behavior which results from psychological, environmental, and relationship stresses. Dr. Denning combines the most recent research in neurology, regarding the brain’s adaptation to experience with practical tools to modulate anxiety and alleviate stress. Psychodynamic therapy uses historic patterns of reaction, Cognitive Behavioral therapy emphasizes the thought process which is created through experience and influences behavior. Adaptive Behavioral therapy includes these widely accepted methods to address the original causes of anxiety and patterns of coping. This treatment method emphasizes the use of current behavior as a cue to restructure and develop new reactions to stress.

The brain and experience of anxiety; Symptoms become tools to resolution.

Overview: Multiple findings (see references) reveal that the brain changes in response to experiences, via internal and external processes of adaptation. The Adaptive Behavioral approach combines psychodynamic, cognitive, developmental research to restructure learned adaptations. As clients discover when and where their adaptation to anxiety was formed they interrupt current symptoms to create behavioral change. Symptoms may include clinical diagnosis and/or everyday levels of high anxiety.

My Anxiety Notebook is a series of worksheets that leads the client through their current coping modalities for dealing with anxiety. The self-investigation functions as an educational basis for new responses to stress and leads to creation of a pivotal moment by catching anxiety in action.

Examples of Anxiety Symptoms:

If you experience any three or four of the behaviors or reactions listed below your anxiety reactions need to be assessed. Contact us for an appointment for evaluation.

Thoughts: Confused, rapid, too many, dull, negative, empty.

Food: eating too much /too little, alcohol, sugar, purging, binging.

Sleep: too much/ little, avoiding, interrupted, nightmares.

Body: cutting, pulling, biting, stretching, cramps, chronic muscle aches.

Headaches, smoking, drinking, too much/little exercise,

Language: cursing, screaming, shouting, sarcasm, mute, short.

Social: cut off friends, going out too much/little, withdrawal, continuous partying.

Emotions: Overwhelmed, empty, angry, scared, confused, frustrated, depressed,self-hrated, sad, isolated, alert.

Behaviors: Disorganized, take charge, contradictory, over/ under sexual, isolating, abusive, hitting, bossy, crying.