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Eastern Band of Cherokee, Health & Medical Division, Analenisgi Center

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

Sweat Therapy
A group for people with anxiety problems.

Sweat practices have been used around the world for thousands of years to help people gain more physical, mental, and spiritual health. This group uses group sweating with the use of a sauna as a medium for group psychotherapy for people with anxiety problems. The goal of the program is to help people reduce anxiety symptoms and improve coping.

Target Audience: Adults experiencing problems with anxiety symptoms. Generally, people who have a primary diagnosis of one of the DSM-IV-TR anxiety disorders would be appropriate for this group. This might include people who have problems with general anxiety, panic attacks, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

People with more severe psychopathology such as psychotic symptoms or personality disorders would not be appropriate for this group.

Sweating is contraindicated for people with acute breathing, heart problems and/or severe spinal cord injuries, women who are pregnant or intending to become pregnant and people currently consuming alcohol can be dangerous.

How to refer: Stephen Colmant, Ph.D. for pre-group screening. Thirty-minute pre-group screening sessions are available Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM or 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Contact Stephen or Tonya Crowe, Analenisgi Intake Coordinator, at 497-6892.

Time & Place:
Wednesday 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
50 Yodeler’s Holler
Bryson City, NC

Age Group(s):
Adults, Elderly

Site Type(s):
Clinic/Health Center

Health Indicator(s):
Mental Health , Traditional Healing

Service Area:

Behavioral health/behavioral change

Name: Stephen Colmant, PhD
Site or Location Name: Eastern Band of Cherokee, Health & Medical Division, Analenisgi Center
59 Echota Church Rd
Cherokee, NC
Phone: 828-497-6892