Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders: An Integrative Approach to Healing the Wounded Self / Edition 1

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Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders: An Integrative Approach to Healing the Wounded Self provides in an effective new way to treat anxiety disorders that shows how, by evaluating the specific needs of a client and selecting appropriate approaches from several different therapeutic methods, one can identify and treat the specific emotional basis for a particular anxiety. This book includes an integrative theory of the etiology of various anxiety disorders and an integrative psychotherapy that incorporates psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive behavioral, humanistic experiential, and biomedical perspectives on anxiety. The approach is based in the premise that no single psychotherapeutic orientation is sufficient for the comprehensive and durable treatment of anxiety disorders. The integrated theories are first presented for anxiety disorders in general and then are applied to specific anxiety disorders, including specific phobias, social phobias, panic disorder with and without agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The author proposes that, in all of these variations of anxiety disorders, wounds to the client's sense of self are always central, and only by taking a tailored approach to a client's specific wounds can healing begin. This research-informed and clinically tested approach to helping clients resolve anxiety disorders will be of great interest to mental health practitioners of all orientations.

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Reviewer: 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591471967
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 On the nature and classification of anxiety 13
Ch. 3 Perspectives on anxiety disorders 25
Ch. 4 Toward an integrative etiological model of anxiety disorders 61
Ch. 5 An integrative model of the self 81
Ch. 6 The wounded self : an integrative etiological model of anxiety disorders 105
Ch. 7 The application of the integrative model to specific anxiety disorders 125
Ch. 8 Toward an integrative psychotherapy for anxiety disorders 157
Ch. 9 An integrative psychotherapy for anxiety disorders 191
Ch. 10 The integrative therapy applied to specific anxiety disorders 213
Ch. 11 Future directions and a final summary 233
App Wolfe's focusing technique 251
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