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 thanyour 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.
Reviews and Endorsements:
Anxiety, panic, and worries can have crippling and debilitating effects on a person's life. Fortunately, there are effective ways to deal with them. In this beautifully written workbook, McKay, Skeen, and Fanning offer concrete and effective instructions to overcome these problems. I highly recommend this book." -Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD , professor of psychology at Boston University
"Combining the best approaches from all three generations of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) research and practice, this book is a reliable, evidence-based guide to expand your life when it is restricted by fear. Systematic, clear, and step-by-step, think of it as a roadmap for human liberation-your own, or one you love. Highly recommended." -Steven C. Hayes , PhD , professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno,and author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life
"This workbook beautifully integrates strategies from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) into practical solutions for a broad spectrum of anxiety problems. McKay, Skeen, and Fanning take readers through a step-by-step process explaining mechanisms underlying anxiety, helping individuals assess problematic coping patterns, and introducing values work to motivate them for the challenge of tackling anxiety ina meaningful and lasting way. Numerous real-life examples validate personal experiences and illustrate how to implement interventions to reduce suffering, which will resonate with clients and clinicians alike." -Rochelle I. Frank, PhD , assistant clinical professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and coauthor of The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
"This workbook demystifies anxiety and teaches the nuts and bolts about using strategies from the most up-to-date anxiety protocols and treatments to face your specific fears and cope with fearful thoughts. It's informative, thorough, and easy to follow, with numerous examples to use as guidelines. Whether you suffer from anxiety or you help those who do, this resource offers the practical guidance you need." -Joan Davidson, PhD , codirector and founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, and assistant professor in the clinical sciences program at the University of California, Berkeley
"This book is based on a number of proven approaches for treating and managing anxiety, including exposure to feared stimuli, mindfulness and acceptance, and cognitive reappraisal. Filled with helpful worksheets and illustrations, the book's clear, practical, and accessible format is an excellent option for anyone struggling with anxiety." -Martin M. Antony, PhD , professor of psychology at Ryerson University, and coauthor of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook and The Anti-Anxiety Workbook "
About the Authors:
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 . He has also penned two novels: Us and Wawona Hotel . 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 has provided brief and long-term therapy for individuals and couples by utilizing schema and mindfulness-based approaches to address interpersonal issues, weight management, anger, depression, anxiety, disabilities, and trauma. She is author of Love Me, Don't Leave Me and coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal Problems . Skeen hosts a weekly radio show called Relationships 2.0 with Dr. Michelle Skeen on KCAA 1050 AM. To find out more, visit her website at www.michelleskeen.com.
Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field. He has authored and coauthored eighteen self-help books, including Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, Couple Skills, and Mind and Emotions .