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. --- from the publisher
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. On the Nature and Classification of Anxiety
Chapter 3. Perspectives on Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 4. Toward an Integrative Etiological Model of the Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 5. An Integrative Model of the Self
Chapter 6. The Wounded Self: An Integrative Etiological Model of the Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 7. The Application of the Integrative Model to Specific Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 8. Toward an Integrative Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 9. An Integrative Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 10. The Integrative Therapy Applied to Specific Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 11. Future Directions and a Final Summing Up
About the Author:
Dr. Barry E. Wolfe currently divides his time between the private practice of psychotherapy and training and supervision of interns, externs, and post-doctoral therapists at the Washington Assessment and Therapy Services. He has developed and is implementing a training program in an integrative psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. Between 1994 and 2003, Dr. Wolfe was Professor of Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology of Argosy University, D.C. campus. There he taught several of the psychotherapy courses in Argosy's Psy.D. Program. Dr. Wolfe was the first faculty member hired at the then Virginia Campus of the American School of Professional Psychology when it opened in the Fall of 1994. Before that, Dr. Wolfe was associated with the National Institute of Mental Health for 24 years where he served in several different capacities, all relating to the support and conduct of psychotherapy research. He served as project officer on many grants that evaluated the efficacy of new behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, marital and psychodynamic therapies.
For the past 30 years, Dr. Wolfe has been in private practice in the Bethesda-Rockville area, where he specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, marital therapy, and therapy for life transitions. Through his clinical experience and his intimate knowledge of psychotherapy research, Dr. Wolfe became interested in the integration of the psychotherapies. This interest reached its fruition when Dr. Wolfe became a founding member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, (SEPI), an organization devoted to the development of the best approaches to psychotherapy, independent of theoretical orientation. A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Wolfe completed his undergraduate work at Howard University in 1963 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1970. --- from the publisher
Dr. Wolfe is the author of over 50 publications on psychotherapy, psychotherapy integration, psychotherapy research, and a variety of other topics. He was a co-editor of a book entitled Treatment of Panic Disorder: A consensus development conference, (1994) and is currently completing work on a book that is provisionally entitled Understanding and treating anxiety disorders: An integrated approach to healing the wounded self. The book will be published in 2005 by the American Psychological Association.