Richard Anderson, MD

Group Therapy Services

I have retired from practicing general psychiatry after 40 years, except to continue my published sub-specialty, cognitive behavioral group therapy of panic and phobia disorders. Over the course of twelve 90-minute sessions, I teach a model depicting the rational side of the mind ("Evidence=Fact"), learning to overcome the irrational side ("Feeling=Fact"). Self-talk can shift from irrational ("I feel like I will faint, die of heart attack, suffocation, stroke, go crazy, or severely embarrass myself") to rational ("I am just anxious" -supported by evidence). Graduated exposure exercises (learning to "face the fear") are then used to replace the irrational side's crippling "safety behaviors", such as fleeing, avoiding, excessive use of alcohol, etc. with healthy coping behaviors.

Services Offered:

  • One-hour Assessment for Panic and/or Phobia Disorders
  • Twelve Session Group Therapy for Panic and Phobia (including social phobia) disorders

Location:

Licensures/Certifications/Titles:

  • Board Certified in Psychiatry
  • Clinical Professor Psychiatry and Internal Medicine
  • Mental Health Professional

Education:

  • Three-years Psychiatry residency, University of Rochester, NY
  • Two-years Internal Medicine residency, University of Rochester, NY
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) - University of Minnesota - 1960
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) - University of Minnesota - 1957
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