Anxiety Reduction Program

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The Anxiety Reduction Program is an 8-week online wellness program using online sessions with Dr. Cathy through video conferencing. The online sessions are 50 minutes in length.  This video conference takes place through a secure Client Portal.

An eight-week program is recommended by the research to obtain optimal results.  The brain needs adequate time to learn new exercises and practice with constant reinforcement and rehearsal. However, the program is individually based upon your needs and a shorter duration may be appropriate for you.

In one-on-one video sessions with Dr. Cathy, questions to be answered and feedback to be given immediately. The exercises are designed with strategies to reinforce new behaviors that are learned, especially in the neuroscience components of the program. The exercises and principals are presented in an enjoyable, easy, and effective way.

The program utilizes principals of:

  • neuroscience in retraining the brain to become more resistant to anxiety and create new pathways to change behavior and responses to anxiety.
  • the mindfulness practice of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), specifically designed and rooted in programs to help manage stress and reduce anxiety.


Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system. The nervous system is made up of 86 billion neurons or nerve cells that comprise the circuitry of the brain or neural pathways.  It is in charge of our body, emotions, memory, analyzing, problem-solving, processing sensory information, hormones, breathing, heart rate and so much more.  It is also where anxiety is created.

The good news, however, is that there are techniques to help make your brain more resistant to anxiety by changing the circuitry in your brain.  The brain can actually change its structures and reorganize its patterns of responding and with practice, you can retrain your brain to react differently to anxiety.

The exercises that you will learn will focus on changing the circuitry of your brain as it relates to anxiety.  Learning how to deactivate or replace certain neural pathways where anxiety runs the circuit while strengthening calm pathways is very helpful in reducing anxiety.


The mindfulness practice of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) specifically has shown promising results in managing stress and reducing anxiety.  One study found an 8-week mindfulness program made measurable changes in the brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress as observed in image scans of the brain.

MBCT uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies, which focus on the idea that how we think affects how we feel and behave.   These cognitive or thinking strategies are combined with mindfulness meditative practices.

Mindfulness is a type of meditation. There are many definitions but Jon Kabat-Zinn has led hundreds of workshops over the more recent decades and his program has strong underpinnings in stress reduction. Jon Kabat-Zinn is regarded by many as the founder of the modern mindfulness movement. His definition of mindfulness is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.”

Although both neuroscience techniques and MBCT have been used in traditional psychotherapy, Dr. Cathy has modified the techniques to best fit the general population using this online service.  This service is interactive, guided, informational and feedback driven but is not psychotherapy.
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