CBT for Anxiety Disorders – Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Anxiety


Autumn, 2017


Therapy with David Mellinger

I am accepting referrals and self-referral of adults for therapy to help overcome anxiety disorders, including panic and phobic disorders (including driving phobia and social phobia), OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and CBT for anxiety disorders. The treatment I provide for anxiety disorders is primarily cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), with elements of interpersonal, mindfulness-, and acceptance-based therapy. I also do therapy for relationship problems, mood disorders and dysthymia (everyday depression). Please call 818-716-1695 or E-mail Panicbuster@socal.rr.com for further information.


The Intensive Anxiety and Worry Workshop (IAWW) – DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED


The Intensive Workshop for Anxiety Disorders (IAWW) was created by anxiety expert David Mellinger to help people overcome anxiety disorders. The IAWW is an evidence-based treatment that has been offered for over five years in community settings and benefited hundreds of men and women with one or more of a wide variety of anxiety disorders and conditions.   Utilizing a unique formulation of new psychological scientific findings dubbed Transdiagnostic Therapy, IAWW is a unique integration of traditional and new-wave cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and acceptance-based CBT into a 6-week course of group therapy.

Who Does IAWW Help?  Men and women who worry themselves sick (who worry often and catastrophically) and those with fear of fear – people who suffer from anxiety or panic attacks, agoraphobia and other phobias, and/or social anxiety disorders.  Individuals with mild obsessive-compulsive disorder may also improve by doing the workshop.

Workshop structure: Participants must be willing to devote six weeks to participating in an intensive workshop program that is designed to help overcome anxiety disorders.  Each weekly session is between 90 and 120 minutes in length, and there will be 30 to 90 minutes a week of home practice.

Most people who complete the IAWW:

Learn to cope with panic symptoms and come to see them as harmless, manageable passing events. Gain perspective and psychological distance from their anxiety disorder symptoms. Gain the upper hand over avoidance, engage in exposure therapy, and develop worry-busting skills that weaken anxiety’s grip by turning aside “sticky thinking”, which may include:

Active worry Rumination Barrages of self-criticism OCD-type obsessions

RESULTS:   Participants typically suffer from a variety of anxiety disorders – typically involving proneness to fear of fear and panic or anxiety attacks, a tendency to worry often and catastrophically, or both. Measures of change over the course of the workshop indicate that program completers’ fear of fear drops significantly – to within normal limits – and their catastrophic worry tendencies drop as well. In addition, the majority of men and women who complete this workshop rate themselves as so much improved that they no longer consider further treatment necessary.



California “Model” of Mental Health Parity Goes National: Extends Insurance Coverage for Anxiety Treatment

The California “mental health parity law” directs insurers to provide coverage of panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and major depressive disorder that is equal to that for other, non-mental illnesses. The law applies to people of any age.

In 2013, President Obama signed landmark federal mental health parity act into law which extends mental health parity to all psychiatric diagnoses. National pan-diagnostic parity is expected to be implemented on a state-by-state basis and also is integrated into the Affordable Care Act, hopefully in the near future. California has been at the vanguard of liberalization of insurance laws that extend and enhance coverage for mental and emotional disorders.