About

MISSION
The Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple is a treatment, research and training clinic. Affiliated with the Temple University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, our mission is to provide effective treatment for adults with anxiety disorders. Research at the Clinic is sometimes funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and is often aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of treatments of several anxiety disorders. Currently we are also funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to examine treatments for dental anxiety.

RESEARCH
Research studies conducted in this Clinic are most often aimed at understanding processes involved in social anxiety disorder and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for this problem. At any given time, research studies of this nature are conducted and individuals seeking treatment at the Clinic may be offered participation in them. We also conduct research concerning dental anxiety and other anxiety-related problems as well.

TREATMENT
The treatments provided by this clinic involve predominantly cognitive-behavioral therapy. We constantly work on improving treatment methods commonly used by clinicians in the field. Treatments are provided by trained therapists who are further supervised by experienced clinicians and experts. More information on the nature of treatments for social anxiety is provided on this web site.

The AACT currently provides treatments for social anxiety disorder, which is characterized by persistent fears of social or performance situations. We also provide treatment for dental anxiety for patients who seek treatment at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry Faculty Practice Clinic.

CONFIDENTIALITY
Individuals who contact this Clinic and who participate in our treatments and research studies agree to share the information we obtain from them with the scientific community. However, any information obtained will be strictly confidential and research data are never identified with participants’ names. This clinic does not release information about specific individuals without the person’s signed consent.

INTAKE PROCEDURES
If you contact our Clinic, seeking treatment for social anxiety problems, a member of our staff will interview you briefly on the telephone in order to learn about you and whether our clinic is appropriate for your concerns. You will then be scheduled for a comprehensive interview with a trained clinician. After this initial interview, the Clinic staff decides whether our services would be helpful to your particular needs. If our programs are not judged to be appropriate for you, we will provide you with referrals to other services in the area.

COST OF TREATMENT
Generally, the fee for services at this Clinic is determined on a sliding scale based on income, the number of dependents and the individual’s ability to pay. This Clinic does not accept third party payments by insurance companies.