Cognitive Behavior Therapy Clinic

Services

We specialize in the assessment and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders for adults. Services at the CBT Research and Training Clinic may be appropriate for you if you are currently experiencing symptoms associated with one of the disorders described below.

Depression

Depression can make you feel as if there is a cloud over your life. It can change how you go about your day and how you interact with family and friends. It can make everything seem harder than ever before, and it’s often hard to find joy in things that you used to appreciate. It can also be hard to find the motivation to do anything about these feelings.

Symptoms may include:

  • Sadness and/or irritation
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Problems with your appetite or the tendency to eat too much
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Diminished self-esteem

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder can make you feel as if the stress of life never subsides. It can seem as if worry—about everything—takes over. It can seem nearly impossible to shake worries or concerns, making it hard to focus on other things. It can leave you feeling tense and irritable, and it is often difficult to relax or sleep.

Symptoms may include:

  • Chronic worry and anxiety about everyday problems
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Physical symptoms—especially fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, and muscle aches

Panic disorder

Panic disorder usually consists of experiencing a sudden rush of discomfort or fear that seems to come from out of the blue. This is often referred to as a panic attack. Panic attacks typically include sensations in your body such as difficulties breathing, a racing heart, dizziness, feeling unsteady, having chills or a hot flash. These sensations are often frightening for people. It might even feel as though you are going to die or as if you might be going crazy. After those sensations go away, people often worry about that experience happening again.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pounding or racing heart
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sweating, chills or hot flushes
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Fear of losing control, of “going crazy” or dying

Social anxiety

Social anxiety can make typical social settings nerve-wracking or even frightening. It can make the fear of embarrassing yourself get in the way of interacting with others. Social anxiety typically consists of feeling like others are watching or judging you. These concerns often get in the way of being able to do a good job at work, school, or in other ordinary activities.

Symptoms may include:

  • Daily fear you will do something embarrassing
  • Fear of meeting new people
  • Sweating, blushing or trembling when you sense that others are watching you
  • Difficulty speaking in front of others
  • Fear of giving presentations, or being called on in class, or speaking up at meetings
  • The sense that all eyes are focused on you
  • Avoidance of social activities, or of work or school functions

Individual psychotherapy is generally available to adults who suffer from the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and panic. We specialize in time-limited interventions that use principles from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Individual psychotherapy typically includes one 50-minute session per week for a maximum of 16 weeks, although we expect to deliver even briefer interventions based on the semester system. Specific arrangements may vary slightly and are collaboratively negotiated once therapy begins.

Group psychotherapy begins at different times throughout the year and may be done either alone or in conjunction with individual therapy. Like individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy is a time-limited intervention that uses principles from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Group psychotherapy typically includes one 1-2 hour session per week for up to 10 weeks. Group sizes may range from 3-6 people.

Fees

All services offered by the CBT Research and Training Clinic are currently free of charge.

Contact us

All services for the CBT Research and Training Clinic are scheduled through the Clinic Coordinator. Please direct any questions, including those about services offered, current status of our waitlist, and treatment options, to the Clinic Coordinator.

Clinic Coordinator
(812) 855-2312, option 4

Other questions about Clinic operations should be directed to the clinic’s Faculty Lead Supervisor:

Faculty Lead Supervisor
Brittany M. Brothers, Ph.D.
(812) 856-3286

The administrative staff of all IU Psychology Research and Training Clinics can help direct your call or answer general questions concerning our location, hours, and who to contact with specific questions:

Psychology Research and Training Clinic Coordinator
Shirley Richardson
(812) 855-2313