Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 61–70

Systems-Centered Therapy: A Protocol for Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Lawrence J. Ladden
  • Susan P. Gantt
  • Stephanie Rude
  • Yvonne M. Agazarian
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10879-006-9037-6

Cite this article as:
Ladden, L.J., Gantt, S.P., Rude, S. et al. J Contemp Psychother (2007) 37: 61. doi:10.1007/s10879-006-9037-6


The systems-centered short-term therapy protocol was adapted and applied in three single case studies with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) patients in a ten-session individual treatment over a two week period. All three subjects showed substantial improvement and no longer met diagnostic criteria post-treatment. Changes were maintained at follow up both six months and one year later. These results are promising and suggest the importance of further research on SCT as a viable, alternative treatment for generalized anxiety disorder.


Systems-centered therapy SCT Generalized anxiety disorder Short-term therapy 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence J. Ladden
    • 1
  • Susan P. Gantt
    • 2
  • Stephanie Rude
    • 3
  • Yvonne M. Agazarian
    • 4
  1. 1.Systems-Centered Training and Research InstitutePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Emory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  4. 4.Systems-Centered Training and Research InstitutePhiladelphiaUSA

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