CBT and Exposure Therapy in Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York

We work with individual struggling with (click on each diagnosis for more information):

1. General anxiety and stress

2. Social anxiety

3. Specific phobias

4. Panic disorder

5. Health anxiety


We use cognitive behavioral therapy and/or exposure therapy, as research has shown that this is by far the most effective approach for treating anxiety disorders. Exposure therapy is a type of CBT that is the most effective for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders. In fact, it is often referred to as the “gold-standard” of psychological treatments for various anxiety disorders, as it is the most effective approach. The goal of exposure therapy is to reduce avoidance of feared situations, which ultimately leads to reduction in anxiety about these situations. This treatment causes short-term anxiety, but ultimately reduces anxiety in the long-term. We will help you gradually and systematically confront your fears and face anxiety-provoking situations that you have been avoiding via exposures. Exposures can be conducted as imaginal (i.e., imagining a feared situation), in vivo (i.e., in real life) and interoceptive (i.e., confronting feared physical sensations). By doing exposures, you will learn that feared consequences are unlikely to come true and that your anxiety will eventually go down even after facing anxiety-provoking situations.  

Dr. Sala also works with children (8+) with anxiety disorders, and use the coping cat program to treat anxiety in children. Coping Cat is a CBT-based program for anxiety in children that has excellent research support.