Teens and Young Adults

As they progress from college to the workforce, young adults often find themselves navigating difficult, anxiety-producing situations. The Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center is equipped to support young people at this crucial stage with both individual and group therapy through our Youth Anxiety Center. This center offers programs for young people ages 18 through 28 to help them negotiate this stressful transitional period as they progress from high school through their entry into the workforce. 

The Youth Anxiety Center has three locations in Manhattan, including a partial hospitalization program to provide specialized treatment to youth with more severe and debilitating anxiety who would benefit from short-term, full-day treatments. To date, the Center’s clinics have seen more 300 patients with more than 3,500 combined individual, group, and family sessions. (Find out more about the Youth Anxiety Center.)

A major component of the Youth Anxiety Center’s treatment program is a transition-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach developed by Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP, Co-Clinical Director, and her colleagues. According to  Dr. Albano, “This approach recognizes that young adults with anxiety disorders face unique, age-related challenges. Along with applying core components of CBT, we added specific therapy procedures designed to address patient-caretaker dependency, role transitions, and the attainment of behaviors necessary for independent adult functioning. Patients are helped to figure out what they fear most and taught how to manage their anxiety better and understand the automatic thoughts that may be leading to some of the anxiety.”

Dr. Albano stresses that anxieties do not abate without treatment. “They build steam. They evolve and become more complex. Separation anxiety can lead to generalized anxiety and together they can lead to depression and so forth, so by the time you get to adolescence you’re dealing with a much more complex condition. And many of our young adults are at an age of great risk for other disorders taking hold too, such as depression and substance abuse. So we want to be there to intervene now.”