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"Millions of people suffer from animal and insect phobias. Not only are the fears they experience distressing and in some cases disabling, but individuals who suffer from these phobias are often embarrassed to admit to the problem and thus never seek treatment, even though specific phobias are highly treatable. Antony and McCabe have provided a step-by-step treatment plan—the same one that would be used by a skilled clinician—that can be used by anyone to overcome their phobia in the privacy of their own home!"
—William C. Sanderson, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the Anxiety and Depression Treatment Program at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY
"Animal and insect phobias are prevalent, and they often lead to major distress and impaired functioning in everyday life. In this self-help book, Antony and McCabe address these phobias head on. Their advice is clinically sensitive and based on the best scientific evidence available to us at this time. They show us how to confront our fears, change our dysfunctional thoughts, and overcome our avoidance. This is a much-needed book—one that every person who experiences these phobias should read, as should their therapists! It is a book whose time has come. Phobias beware!"
—Thomas H. Ollendick, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Child Study Center at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"Phobia specialists around the world use exposure therapy to help their patients because research has shown that it works. Antony and McCabe describe these same techniques in this straightforward guidebook filled with helpful tips and examples of people who have overcome severe fear of animals. This book is the place to start for phobia sufferers who are trying to conquer their fear on their own or with a caring helper or professional. It is also fascinating reading for the beginning therapist or for those who are simply interested in animal phobias."
—Sheila R. Woody, PhD, RPsych., clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia