Thomas G. Adams, Ph.D.

Clinical Services

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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

I specialize in the delivery of cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and stressor-related disorders. CBT is an evidence-based approach to psychotherapy that is focused on identifying how problematic patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact to maintain psychological problems and then developing collaborative, patient-driven strategies for correcting these patterns to promote recovery.  
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Anxiety Disorders

"Anxiety disorders include disorders that share features of excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is anticipation of future threat. Obviously, these two states overlap, but they also differ, with fear more often associated with surges of autonomic arousal necessary for fight or flight, thoughts of immediate danger, and escape behaviors, and anxiety more often associated with muscle tension and vigilance in preparation for future danger and cautious or avoidant behaviors. Sometimes the level of fear or anxiety is reduced by pervasive avoidance behaviors." (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) Learn More →

  • Specific Phobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
     

Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

"OCD is characterized by the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions. Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are experienced as intrusive and unwanted, whereas compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession or according to rules that must be applied rigidly. Some other obsessive-compulsive and related disorders are also characterized by preoccupations and by repetitive behaviors or mental acts in response to the preoccupations. Other obsessive-compulsive and related disorders are characterized primarily by recurrent body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g., hair pulling, skin picking) and repeated attempts to decrease or stop the behaviors." (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) Learn More →

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)
  • Excoriation (Skin Picking) Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Hoarding Disorder
  • Illness Anxiety
  • Tourette's and Tic-Disorders

Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders

"Psychological distress following exposure to a traumatic or stressful event is quite variable. In some cases, symptoms can be well understood within an anxiety- or fear-based context. It is clear, however, that many individuals who have been exposed to a traumatic or stressful event exhibit a phenotype in which, rather than anxiety- or fear-based symptoms, the most prominent clinical characteristics are anhedonic and dysphoric symptoms, externalizing angry and aggressive symptoms, or dissociative symptoms." (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) Learn More →

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder