The Clinician's Guide to Exposure Therapies for Anxiety Spectrum Disorders: Integrating Techniques and Applications from Cbt, Dbt, and Act

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/1/2012
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc

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Exposure therapy has amassed a significant body of research and is widely appreciated as one of the most effective therapeutic treatments for anxiety spectrum disorders. Nevertheless, therapists often neglect to maximize this technique because they struggle with creating specific exposure exercises for clients' individual fears and phobias and because they are hesitant to suggest exposure exercises to anxious clients who may be resistant to facing their fears. The Clinician's Guide to Exposure Therapies for Anxiety Spectrum Disorders offers the solution - a detailed menu of specific exposure strategies for the most common fears and phobias clients experience. This book helps therapists introduce the concept of exposure therapy and integrate it with other evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. It provides reproducible forms therapists can use to help clients make hierarchies of exposure. Along with exposure strategies, the book features guidance on using exposure therapy in general, including special sections on prolonged exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. A must-have resource for any clinician seeking to effectively treat anxiety disorders in their clients.

Author Biography

Timothy A. Sisemore, PHD, is professor of psychology and counseling and director of research at Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, TN. He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a clinical psychologist and specialize in anxiety disorders.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Exposure Therapy: A Tool for the Timesp. 1
The Many Facets of Exposure and Response Prevention
Exposure Therapy: The Overlooked Treasurep. 5
Exposure and Response Prevention: The What, How, and Whyp. 15
Exposure Therapy's Partner: Response Preventionp. 29
Implementing Basic Exposure Therapyp. 47
Exposure Therapy and Response Prevention in the Context of Cognitive Behavioral Therapyp. 65
Exposure in the Context of Dialectical Behavior Therapyp. 79
Exposure in the Context of Acceptance and Commitment Therapyp. 93
Three Other Adaptations of Exposure Therapyp. 107
A Menu of Specific Suggestions for Exposure and Response Prevention
Using the Exposure Menu in Contextp. 121
Exposure Therapy for Simple Phobiasp. 131
Exposure Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorderp. 155
Exposure Therapy for Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia, with a Focus on Interoceptive Exposurep. 167
Exposure Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Hypochondriasisp. 175
Suggestions for Emotion Exposurep. 189
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 205
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