Overcoming Fear of Heights: How to Conquer Acrophobia and Live a Life Without Limits

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It’s hard for anyone to go about his or her day without crossing a bridge, scaling a ladder, or climbing an exterior stair case. Fear of heights can make air travel difficult or impossible; even a ride in an elevator can be a challenging and disruptive experience. Fortunately, specific phobias are among the easiest psychological problems to treat, with fear of heights being very treatable. With a safe and effective exposure-based cognitive-behavioral program to work with, most sufferers will experience relief ...

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Overview

It’s hard for anyone to go about his or her day without crossing a bridge, scaling a ladder, or climbing an exterior stair case. Fear of heights can make air travel difficult or impossible; even a ride in an elevator can be a challenging and disruptive experience. Fortunately, specific phobias are among the easiest psychological problems to treat, with fear of heights being very treatable. With a safe and effective exposure-based cognitive-behavioral program to work with, most sufferers will experience relief from their fear after only a few sessions. This book distills the most effective treatments for acrophobia into an easy-to-follow, effective program for overcoming fears for good.

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In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, treatment for fear of flying has become more difficult, owing to increased security and restricted access to airplanes for persons in need of exposure therapy. Overcoming Fear of Heights thus fills a tremendous gap for people who suffer from this disabling fear. Antony and Rowa have done a masterful job with this book. In a clear and gentle fashion, these authors walk the reader through the step-by-step process of conducting exposure, including a remarkably useful section on how to troubleshoot the typical problems that arise during this process. The book is peppered with case examples, which help to illustrate how to overcome your fear of heights. A job well-done!
—J. Gayle Beck, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and associate chair of the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York, Buffalo. She is past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572244566
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: The New Harbinger I Can Do It Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Martin M. Antony, PhD, is professor and chair in the department of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He is also director of research at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, and a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association. An award-winning researcher, Antony is coauthor of The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook, When Perfect Isn't Good Enough, and more than 25 other books. His research, writing, and clinical practice focus is on cognitive behavioral therapy and the treatment of anxiety disorders. He has been widely quoted in the American and Canadian media.

Karen Rowa, PhD, is a psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph's Healthcare and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo and completed her predoctoral training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ON. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre before joining the faculty. Her research interests involve understanding ways to improve treatment outcome for anxiety disorders. She has published numerous scientific papers and book chapters on the anxiety disorders and related topics. She is actively involved in clinical research, practice, teaching, and education.

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