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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book delves into the myriad of treatments available for anxiety disorders. What is so interesting and novel is the author's approach to integrating the various treatment modalities. The author focuses on two integrative models (an integrative psychotherapy for anxiety disorders and an integrative therapy applied to specific anxiety disorders).
Purpose: The book serves multiple purposes. The author states that the original intent was to develop an integrative treatment model for phobias, but this was then expanded to the other anxiety disorders. Overall, the main purpose is to present a relatively unified theoretical integration of the current perspectives on anxiety with a focus on self-wounds. The book clearly meets the author's as well as the readers' objectives.
Audience: Clearly, this is a book designed for more seasoned clinicians to digest. However, there are some chapters which could be incorporated into a graduate level classroom format or for clinical supervision. The author brings with him years of valuable clinical experience as well as his up-to-date review of the literature.
Features: The book presents a strong foundation for the classification of anxiety, and readers will find this chapter quite substantial. The perspectives on anxiety disorders once again present the reader with the various schools of thoughts across GAD, OCD, etc. The incorporation of client cases illustrates the author's stance and allows the reader to grasp the concepts very readily.
Assessment: Definitely a strong addition to the field, this book incorporates not only what we know about anxiety disorders and their treatment but presents a novel integrative approach to healing the whole person.