If students or clients suffer from an anxiety disorder, they may try to avoid situations that cause them to feel worry, fear, or panic. Avoidance isn’t a long-term solution, and in the end it may result in more anxiety. This book shows the individual how the simple belief that they can endure worries and fears, both mentally and physically, which can be an extremely powerful treatment.
Using a breakthrough approach combining proven-effective CBT and exposure therapy, this workbook helps the individual understand how worry and rumination drive anxiety, and offers practical exercises to help them adopt new habits of observing their thoughts, rather than accepting them as the “ultimate truth.” They will also develop mindfulness and self-soothing coping skills to help them manage anxiety in the moment, rather than avoid it. Over time these practices will show them that they are more powerful than their anxiety.
This book has been selected as an Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Recommendation—an honor bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties.
“Anxiety, panic, and worries can have crippling and debilitating effects on a person’s life. Fortunately, there are effective ways to deal with them. In this beautifully written workbook, McKay, Skeen, and Fanning offer concrete and effective instructions to overcome these problems. I highly recommend this book.”
—Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, professor of psychology at Boston University
“Combining the best approaches from all three generations of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) research and practice, this book is a reliable, evidence-based guide to expand your life when it is restricted by fear. Systematic, clear, and step-by-step, think of it as a roadmap for human liberation—your own, or one you love. Highly recommended.”
—Steven C. Hayes, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno,and author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life