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Treatment resources

Anxiety problems are treatable.

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that when practiced by therapists who have specialized training is the most successful form of treatment for anxiety problems. It is at least as effective as medication and, in some cases, is even more effective. CBT is associated with lower rates of symptom return after treatment than is medication for a number of anxiety disorders. Not all providers of psychological services offer CBT. If you are interested in CBT for an anxiety or mood problem, you will want to ask a service provider in advance if it is offered.

Medication can be helpful in managing anxiety problems. Consult your family physician or a psychiatrist for more information.

Below is a list of local treatment settings that provide psychological services for a variety of mental health and living problems. Different resources offer different types of services. We have not listed psychologists or psychiatrists in private practice, but these can be found in the yellow pages of your phone book.

Regional treatment centres for anxiety and mood problems

General information about anxiety and mood problems

What is our relationship to the UW Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR)?

The CMHR is a clinic run by the clinical program faculty of the UW Department of Psychology, which includes Drs. Purdon and Moscovitch. The CMHR offers psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults in the tri-city area. The Anxiety Studies Division is one of the research arms of the CMHR.

Can I get treatment through the CMHR?

The University of Waterloo Centre for Mental Health Research reception officeYes, you can. However, the treatment division of the CMHR is administratively independent of the Anxiety Studies Division. To access treatment, you need to contact the CMHR directly. Please be advised that the wait for treatment can be lengthy. Please go to the CMHR website for more information.


View the Treatment Resources in Ontario for CBT (PDF) as compiled by Dr. Purdon.

View the Recommended Readings (PDF) for Anxiety Disorders and Related Issues.

Read about 5 simple ways to lower your cortisol levels without drugs on Psychology Today.

Current studies

We are currently seeking volunteers with symptoms of anxiety to become valued members of our Anxiety Studies Division Participant Pool.

We are also conducting a new “talk therapy” treatment study for social anxiety

Please view our current studies page for more information.


To participate in our current on-line survey in order to become eligible for our Participant Pool, please visit the survey page.


Please read our most recent newsletter which provides information on our current studies and recently published studies.