Exposure Therapy for Anxiety

Principles and Practice

by Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Brett J. Deacon,

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  • 9781609180171
Exposure therapy is the most effective psychological treatment for anxiety, yet many clinicians lack confidence in their ability to implement it effectively while keeping clients engaged. This indispensable book provides guidelines for conducting exposure-based interventions and overcoming common roadblocks. Drawing on cutting-edge theory and research, the authors walk clinicians through assessment and treatment planning and demonstrate a wealth of specific exposure exercises. Chapters are organized around common anxiety triggers that may cut across different diagnoses, making it easier to tailor treatment to each individual's needs. Reproducible handouts and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
  • Guilford Publications; March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781609180171
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Exposure Therapy for Anxiety
  • Author: Jonathan S. Abramowitz; Brett J. Deacon; Stephen P. H. Whiteside
  • Imprint: The Guilford Press
Subject categories
  • 9781462509690
  • 9781609180171

In The Press

"Exposure Therapy for Anxiety is an essential part of any clinician's library. The expert authors--renowned for both their contributions to theory and research and their outstanding clinical knowledge and acumen--provide practical advice on how to bring an empirically driven model to bear on the unique problems of the individual in your office. Full of excellent clinical examples, illustrations, and anecdotes, the book models how to execute exposure-based interventions effectively. It explicates the methods concisely and authoritatively and presents elegant solutions to complex difficulties that can arise in using exposure. This book brings science and practice into harmony."--Christine Purdon, PhD, CPsych, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada

"Abramowitz, Deacon, and Whiteside have produced the definitive book on contemporary exposure-based treatment for pathological anxiety. This comprehensive volume is clear, practical, and based on the best available research. Practitioners who work with anxious individuals will find this book invaluable, and it should be required reading for students and trainees in cognitive-behavioral therapy."--Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

"For the novice or student, the book provides the theoretical and practical building blocks of anxiety treatment. For the more experienced practitioner, each and every chapter sheds new light on the familiar and points to new ideas and novel discoveries. The authors speak with the clarity of their collective decades of clinical and research experience."--Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
"Just another clinical guide to anxiety disorders? Not at all. This broad and clinically nuanced guide is designed for clinicians who want to understand and treat anxiety and fear in all its forms. Rather than approaching the problem from diagnostic categories, this excellent book provides basic guidelines for planning treatment and then helps the clinician design exposures that match the client's specific fear triggers. It explores the challenges and complexities of anxiety treatment and offers clear guidelines and clinical language, to boot. An excellent volume for training students and clinicians at all levels."--Gail Steketee, PhD, Dean and Professor, Boston University School of Social Work

About The Author

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Abramowitz conducts research on anxiety and stress-related disorders and has published over 150 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. His books for the general public include Getting Over OCD, Second Edition, and The Stress Less Workbook. He is a recipient of awards including the David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology from Division 12 of the American Psychological Association.

Brett J. Deacon, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wyoming and Director of the University of Wyoming Anxiety Disorders Clinic in Laramie. Dr. Deacon has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals and is a member of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards from the University of Wyoming, among other honors.

Stephen P. H. Whiteside, PhD, ABPP, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child Anxiety Disorders Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He conducts research on the assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders, including the use of neuroimaging to examine the effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Whiteside has received research funding from the International OCD Foundation and has published 35 articles and book chapters.