The CBT Anxiety Solution Workbook: A Breakthrough Treatment for Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Panic

The CBT Anxiety Solution Workbook: A Breakthrough Treatment for Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Panic


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The CBT Anxiety Solution Workbook: A Breakthrough Treatment for Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Panic by Matthew McKay, Michelle Skeen, Patrick Fanning

You are stronger than your anxiety! In this important workbook, best-selling authors Matthew McKay, Patrick Fanning, and Michelle Skeen offer a breakthrough anxiety solution based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you understand and overcome your fears and worries, rather than try to avoid them.

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you may try to avoid situations that cause you to feel worry, fear, or panic. You may even believe that terrible things will happen to you if you face the things that make you anxious. But avoidance isn’t a long-term solution, and in the end it may result in more anxiety. This book shows you how the simple belief that you can endure your worries and fears—both mentally and physically—can be an extremely powerful treatment.

Using a breakthrough approach combining proven-effective CBT and exposure therapy, this workbook helps you understand how worry and rumination drive anxiety, and offers practical exercises to help you adopt new habits of observing your thoughts, rather than accepting them as the “ultimate truth.” You’ll also develop mindfulness and self-soothing coping skills to help you manage anxiety in the moment, rather than avoid it. Over time these practices will show you that you are more powerful than your anxiety.

If you’ve been stuck in a cycle of anxiety and avoidance, this workbook will help you make the changes you need to get your life back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626254749
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 207,358
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Michelle Skeen, PsyD, is a therapist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. She helps individuals overcome fear-based beliefs utilizing schema awareness, self-compassion, and behavioral- and mindfulness-based approaches. She is author of Love Me, Don’t Leave Me and coauthor of Communication Skills for Teens. Skeen hosts a weekly radio show called Relationships 2.0 with Dr. Michelle Skeen. To find out more, visit her website at

Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field, and founder of a men’s support group in Northern California. He has authored and coauthored eight self-help books, including Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, Couple Skills, and Mind and Emotions.

Table of Contents

1 The Anxiety Problem 1

2 The Alarm Response 5

3 Assessment 21

4 Motivation 31

5 Preparation 39

6 The Anxiety Solution 79

7 You Can Face Fear 101

8 Reducing Worry with Defusion 115

9 Correcting Your Anxiety Lens 127

10 Distress Tolerance Skills 145

11 Relapse Prevention 167

Appendix I Comprehensive Coping Inventory (CCI) 181

Appendix II Worksheets 185

Appendix III Depression Anxiety Stress Scales-21 (DASS-21) 207

Appendix IV Interoceptive Exposure 211

Appendix V Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ-II) 219

References 221


McKay resides in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Skeen resides in San Francisco, CA; Fanning resides in Graton, CA.

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