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Outpatient Services Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Treatment Centers in Lancaster, Lebanon, York & Adams Counties

Overview of CBT

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is very useful in treating anxiety disorders. The goal for CBT is to change the thinking patterns that support fears; the behavioral part helps change the way one reacts to anxiety-provoking situations.

Where To Go For CBT

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is offered on an outpatient basis at WellSpan Philhaven locations in Lancaster, Lebanon, York and Adams counties. You can also visit our Mental Health Tips for Coping With Stress & COVID-19 for helpful tools and resources.

Call To Schedule an Appointment

The first step on the road to healing your anxiety through CBT is to schedule a confidential, private appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please call Central Scheduling at 800-932-0359 (Mon-Thur: 7:00am-6:00pm and Friday: 7:00am-5:00pm).


Treating Anxiety With CBT

At WellSpan Philhaven, we are here to help. By developing a care plan tailored to you, our anxiety therapists and counselors can chart a path toward hope, healing, and wholeness. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one option that we can consider incorporating into your care plan. We will help you better understand your anxiety, providing you with approaches and strategies to help you deal with your stressors.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Treat:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is involved in CBT therapy?

CBT is undertaken when people decide they are ready for it, and only with their permission and cooperation. To be effective, the therapy must be directed at the person’s specific anxieties and must be tailored to his or her needs. There are no side effects other than the discomfort of temporarily increased anxiety. When people are ready to confront their fears, they are shown how to use exposure techniques to desensitize themselves to situations that trigger their anxieties.

What is an example of cognitive behavioral therapy?

Part of CBT is facing one’s fears. Here are two examples:

  • People with a social phobia might be encouraged to spend time in feared social situations without giving in to the temptation to flee and to make small social blunders and observe how people respond to them.
  • People with OCD who fear dirt and germs are encouraged to get their hands dirty and wait increasing amounts of time before washing them.

How long does cognitive behavioral therapy take to work?

CBT or behavioral therapy often lasts about 12 weeks. There is some evidence that the benefits of CBT last longer than those of medication for people with panic disorder, and the same may be true for OCD, PTSD, and social phobia. If a disorder reoccurs, the same therapy can be used to treat it successfully a second time.

About WellSpan Philhaven

For more than 65 years, Philhaven has been focused on promoting hope, healing and wholeness southcentral Pennsylvania. In January 2016, Philhaven and WellSpan Health came together to create a continuum of care to help friends and neighbors achieve better mental, emotional and physical health. As south central PA’s most comprehensive behavioral health organization, WellSpan Philhaven is here to treat the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Our Behavioral Health Services

In addition to our anxiety counseling and therapy, we offer a variety of outpatient services for adults. This includes Adult group therapymedication management, and evaluations for depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder and other mental health concerns.