CUCARD Westchester Anxiety Day Program
The CUCARD Westchester Anxiety Day Program provides daily, comprehensive treatment for children and adolescents whose lives are severely impaired by anxiety or OCD. Our evidence-based approach is designed to help youth better manage anxiety so they can get back to their daily lives as quickly as possible.
For some children and teenagers, excessive anxiety can be highly distressing and may even prevent them from attending school or taking care of their daily needs. At CUCARD Westchester, we are dedicated to helping youth better manage their anxiety so they can get their lives back on track.
Our patients are youth ages 10-17 who are suffering from the most impairing symptoms of anxiety and OCD. Our goal is to help them return to their daily routines as quickly as possible, and to build skills for continued success.
- School refusal
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Anxiety due to a medical condition
Due to the CUCARD Westchester Anxiety Day Program’s focus on the treatment of anxiety and OCD, we are not a suitable treatment program for teenagers struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harming behaviors or psychosis. Columbia Psychiatry offers several other treatment options for these conditions, and we are happy to work with families to help determine the appropriate treatment options for your teenager.
Overseen by Dr. Anthony Puliafico, renowned expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders and author of The OCD Workbook for Kids, our treatment staff includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and teachers. Our team specializes in the gold standard treatment for anxiety disorders and OCD: cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) involving exposure. Our care team will work together with teens and their families to address each individual’s mental health needs. We work closely with a teenager’s existing treatment team to coordinate their care during and after participating in our program.
All of the Anxiety Day Program’s services are currently provided remotely to maximize safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. We offer separate group programming for children ages 10-13 (middle school track) and teens ages 13-18 (high school track). Groups meet twice weekly during afternoon hours. During the first 45 minutes of each group, youth will meet together to learn cognitive-behavioral strategies and engage in group-based exposure practice. During the final 45 minutes of group, youth will break into small groups for more focused exposure practice or academic support with our teacher. A core component of our program is exposure treatment, in which we guide youth in gradually facing feared situations, while providing them with support and skills to manage their anxiety. Children and teens typically participate in the Anxiety Day Program for 4-8 weeks and return to outpatient treatment following completion of the program.
Our program includes:
- Individual therapy
- Psychiatry consultation
- Group therapy
- Individualized exposure work
- Parent management training
- Family therapy
- Support in completing academic work
- Coordination with an adolescent’s school to facilitate return (when applicable)
Youth participating in these programs will either meet for individual therapy and medication management with clinicians at the Anxiety Day Program or with outside clinicians.
The daily group fee is $185. This fee does not include cost of individual therapy and psychiatry visits.
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