With the compelling ascendance of psychotherapy integration into the mainstream of treatment approaches to psychological disorders, there is an ever growing need to delineate, organize, compare, and contrast the array of specific integrative approaches that have been developed for different disorders. With striking comprehensiveness, Judy Koenigsberg has done precisely this in the realm of anxiety disordersand thereby provided a precedent-setting contribution to the field. Reflecting state-of-the-art knowledge throughout, she lays the groundwork for this ambitious venture by articulating the meanings of different terms used under the rubric of "psychotherapy integration" and, in my view, of particular importance, highlights key distinctions between integrated andthe recently identified fifth pathway to integrationunified psychotherapies. Against this backdrop, in a separate chapter for each anxiety disorder, Koenigsberg synthesizes a multiplicity of vital information. Thus, she succinctly describes symptoms, diagnosis, prevalence, comorbidity, and heritability, followed by a theoretically and empirically based integrative account of the neurobiological, psychological, and social/interpersonal factors and processes involved in the etiological development and perpetuation of the specific anxiety disorder at hand. Crucially, the author then moves into the level of clinical application, concisely elucidating the specific integrated and unified treatment models that have been developed for that disorder, including a brief synopsis of each model’s core conceptualization, primary intervention(s), and, when available, empirical evidence. Each chapter concludes with a brief case study demonstrating application of one specific integrated or unified approach to the anxiety disorder under discussion, valuably helping the reader to take the next step of implementing different models in their live clinical practice. Collectively, Koenigsberg’s book is absolutely eye-opening in revealing the striking number and diversity of integrated and unified approaches that have been developed for treating the anxiety disorders; readers will come away with greater appreciation for and understanding of the truly complex multidimensionality of anxiety disorders as well as the strong likelihood of enhanced effectiveness in their clinical practice with this pervasive class of disorders by virtue of learning multiform ways of clinically thinking and working integratively. Fundamentally, this book is must reading for clinical practitioners and supervisors, researchers, and graduate students with a practical and/or academic interest in the anxiety disorders specificallyand indeed psychotherapy integration more generally.
Jack C. Anchin, PhD, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Medaille College Department of Psychology, University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Written for psychotherapists, researchers and students of mental health disciplines, this book, among other things, examines the critical relationship between the etiology of anxiety disorders and their treatment. In addition, Dr. Koenigsberg approaches this important task from integrative and unified therapy perspectives, both of which facilitate therapists’ tailoring treatment to each individual. Conceptual, theoretical, and practical, Anxiety Disorders: Integrated Psychotherapy Approaches covers a great deal of important literature on anxiety disorders and integrative approaches, and thus is highly recommended.
Andre Marquis, PhD, University of Rochester, author of Integral Psychotherapy: A Unifying Approach.
In this exploration of integrated psychotherapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders Dr. Koenigsberg provides a comprehensive and scholarly review of these methods and their clinical relevance. Both beginning therapists and more experienced clinicians will find it a valuable reference. Humane in her approach to making formulations and prescribing treatments, Dr. Koenigsberg reminds us that effective psychotherapy begins and ends with the alliance and the flexibility needed to maintain it.
Judith Tanner, MD, clinical assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University.
Integrative approaches are surging, as are rates of anxiety disorders. This book offers an excellent review of the literature that exists at the intersection between these two domains. By helping to outline the literature, the domains of investigation, and the important references, it offers graduate students, practitioners, and scholars a valuable resource to survey the landscape of this complicated terrain and helps make sense of the pluralism.
Gregg Henriques, PhD, professor of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University and author of A New Unified Theory of Psychology.
Judy Koenigsberg has written a superbly referenced and scholarly book which nicely summarizes how different schools of psychologic treatment inform integrated psychotherapy. She makes a compelling case for why integrated psychotherapy is so helpful across the anxiety disorder spectrum. It is a great addition to the literature and is a must read for clinicians and academics alike.
Jack Dunietz, MD, clinical assistant professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical School; assistant attending Psychiatrist, The New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Students, practitioners and scholars alike struggle to develop an understanding of and a treatment model for the anxiety disorders. Developing a deep knowledge of the dynamic elements that undergird anxiety and an integrated or unified approach on which to base therapeutic interventions is central to this work. With an extensive and excellent review of the literature on the anxiety disorders and on integrating and unifying theoretical approaches, Dr. Koenigsberg provides an exceptional resource.
Marilyn Susman, PhD, professor emerita, Counseling Psychology Program, Loyola University Chicago; Senior Psychologist, The Evanston Psychological Group.
Dr. Judy Koenigsberg’s text, Anxiety Disorders: Integrated Psychotherapy Approaches, is an innovative and comprehensive guide to the clinical application of integrated, integrative, and unified psychotherapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Koenigberg’s new work contributes to our understanding of integrative psychotherapy and the anxiety disorders through a scholarly elucidation of the complexities involved in the etiology and treatment of a common class of disorders, the anxiety disorders.
This book will serve as an invaluable resource across a variety of mental health practitioners. Experienced clinicians, behavioral researchers, academicians/theorists, seasoned supervisors, as well as graduate students in the social sciences will all no doubt refer time and again to Anxiety Disorders: Integrated Psychotherapy Approaches as it provides the kind of cohesive paradigm necessary to understand the interface between a common class of emotional disorders, the anxiety disorders, and integrated, integrative, integral, and unifying psychotherapy approaches. The book is essential for anyone who wishes to navigate the pluralism in the mental health profession and optimally apply evidence-based treatments to those struggling with anxiety.
Michelle Rodoletz, PhD, co-founder and director of HealthForumOnline.com, licensed clinical psychologist, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC), adjunct faculty at the Temple University School of Medicine faculty, and former associate director of the Psychosocial and Behavioral Medicine Program at FCCC.