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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Cognitive therapy is constantly extending its scope to various disorders. In this book, the authors expand upon previous works on the use of cognitive therapy with anxiety disorders by providing an update on theory, techniques, and scientific studies.
Purpose: The main purpose is to present an updated cognitive model for anxiety disorders that is more in line with current research and can further our understanding and application of cognitive therapy to anxiety disorders in particular.
Audience: The target audience is mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and paraprofessionals. Students of these disciplines also will be interested in the book. It is edited by the most qualified scientists and clinicians in cognitive therapy.
Features: The first of the book's three sections provides background on cognitive theory and updates on the current literature. Key factors in anxiety disorders are explored, such as epidemiology, neurophysiology, genetics, gender differences, and the all-important issue of normal versus abnormal. Central tenets of cognitive therapy are discussed, as well as more advanced concepts. There are plenty of tables, charts, and figures throughout these initial chapters that make a review of cognitive therapy straightforward. The second section provides instruction for very specific cognitive techniques, ranging from threat appraisals to behavioral experiments to metacognitive explorations. Assessment and conceptualization strategies are addressed and specific tools are detailed at the end of the chapters. While these are general techniques, the third section provides guidance on how to apply these techniques for specific disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. The book is well written with plenty of supplementary materials, case examples, and sample scripts. Each chapter has clear subheadings and a concluding paragraph. The references are valuable and current, with some from 2009.
Assessment: This is an indispensable resource for therapists using cognitive therapy with individuals suffering from anxiety disorders. The general review of techniques is worthwhile, but the specific guidance for individual anxiety disorders is exceptional.