In many ways, 1995 was the mental health Stone Age. Medications were limited, and effective therapies were scarce. Since then, research has proven that cognitive behavioral therapy is as necessary as medication. “For psychological disorders, specifically anxiety and OCD, medication is a helpful adjunct, but it will not treat the underlying problems,” says Dr. Brigette Erwin.
A specialized form of cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the treatments that Erwin deploys at her Malvern clinic. The majority of patients are kids and teens. The need is great—Erwin’s practice has grown to include 10 specially trained clinicians. But when she opened the clinic in 2006, Erwin had to overcome her own business inexperience to launch it. “One of my biggest obstacles was having the courage to start my own practice,” she says. “I only wish I’d opened it sooner, so we could help more people.”