Anxiety Disorder: Anchor Counseling can help!

Mar 13, 2011   //   by Richard Figueira   //   Blog, Mental Health  //  No Comments

Richard Figueira is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who completed his Master of Social Work at Boston College. In addition to his work in private practice, Richard is also an Assistant Director of Special Education for a local town in Massachusetts. He is known for creating Emotional and Behavioral Programs that allow children and families to access public education despite having mental health issues.

Richard has dedicated over ten years of clinical work with children and adults having serious emotional, social, or behavioral issues in residential placements, homes, and school settings. Richard has been responsible for the direct supervision of staff including clinicians and teachers.

He has experience working with adults, families, and couples. Specializing in Mood, Thought, and Anxiety Disorders. He uses an eclectic approach depending on the client’s needs. Through the use of therapeutic interventions he has been able to help provide his clients with the psycho-education, positive and healthy coping skills, and an environment where they feel comfortable discussing everyday issues. As always, the goal is to improve the clients overall functioning in their daily lives.

Although, Richard treats many individuals with an array of issues, he specializes in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders. This includes OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia, or Generalized Disorder. His dedication to providing the most recent research based interventions have allowed him to be a leader in the treatment of anxiety with children, adults, couples, and families in the state of Rhode Island.

Richard uses primarily a Cognitive Behavioral Approach. His understanding of the disorder allows him to provide his patients with the appropriate psycho-education needed to first understand the illness that affects millions of Americans. With Anxiety, many different approaches are used, but he has been successful using mindfulness techniques along with imagery. Breathing techniques modified with a EMDR, allows to completely understand the function of the anxiety and the role it maybe playing in an individuals life.

For those with fears/phobias he uses exposure therapy in or out of the office. With exposure therapy, he has also been successful at treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or better known as OCD.

Many times children maybe angry, oppositional or defiant and the primary emotion is fear based. They react in order to gain control over their lives. This is especially true for those with attachment or an adverse childhood experience. He completes and fully analyzes the function of this behavior and teaches how to appropriate recognize the emotion behind the thoughts. This will allow to teach appropriate coping skills to modulate emotions.

He will also help his clients understand irrational thoughts or thinking by using Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy. The thoughts are questioned and put in perspective when attempting to create a more healthy thinking process. This also allows for a change in cognitive restructuring.

Richard takes most insurances and sees patients in Lincoln, Cranston, and East Providence.

To schedule an appointment please call 475-9979 or click here to send an email.

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