The Big Book of Exposures: Innovative, Creative, and Effective CBT-Based Exposures for Treating Anxiety-Related Disorders

The Big Book of Exposures: Innovative, Creative, and Effective CBT-Based Exposures for Treating Anxiety-Related Disorders

by Kristen S. Springer PhD, David F. Tolin PhD


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As a clinician, do you suffer from “exposure phobia?” This breakthrough book offers 400 creative, innovative, and easy-to-implement exposure exercises to help you and your clients move past fears, energize treatment sessions, and improve client outcomes.

In cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposures are the gold standard for treating anxiety-related disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, and phobias. But if you’re like many therapists, you’ve likely encountered clients who are fearful or reluctant to exposure therapy. As a result, you may also shy away from doing exposures out of fear of worsening your client’s anxiety or rupturing the client/therapist rapport. So, how can you find a new approach for using this effective—yet intimidating—treatment?

The Big Book of Exposures offers unconventional new exposures to help you provide the most effective treatment possible. In addition, you’ll also find a comprehensive overview of exposure therapy; a rationale for its use in treating anxiety-related disorders; troubleshooting tips for dealing with common roadblocks, such as avoidance; and techniques for helping clients stay motivated during treatment.

With this essential resource, you’ll learn to create engaging and enjoyable exposure exercises to improve treatment outcomes and help your clients live better lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684033737
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 728,470
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kristen S. Springer, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Florida, and completed her postdoctoral clinical and research training at the Anxiety Disorders Center and the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. She continued working at the Anxiety Disorders Center as a staff psychologist before opening her private practice in Concord, Massachusetts ( where she specializes in the assessment and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. Springer has authored several book chapters and scientific journal articles in the fields of anxiety, hoarding, OCD, and chronic pain.

David F. Tolin, PhD, ABPP, is the founder and director of the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. He is adjunct professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and maintains a private practice in the greater Hartford area. Tolin has authored more than 150 scientific journal articles, as well as the books Face Your Fears: A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Obsessions and Doing CBT: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Behaviors, Thoughts, and Emotions.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I An Overview of Exposure Therapy

Chapter 1 Anxiety, Avoidance, and Exposure 5

Chapter 2 Getting Clients on Board 15

Chapter 3 General Parameters of Exposure 27

Chapter 4 Helping Kids Climb the Exposure Ladder 53

Part II Getting Creative with Exposures for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Chapter 5 Specific Phobia 69

Chapter 6 Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia 105

Chapter 7 Social Anxiety Disorder 121

Chapter 8 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 139

Chapter 9 Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 167

Chapter 10 Illness Anxiety Disorder 183

Chapter 11 Separation Anxiety Disorder 193

Acknowledgments 205

References 207

Index 221


Springer resides in Foxborough, MA (Norfolk County); Tolin resides in Hartford, CT.

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