David H. Barlow, Todd J. Farchione, Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Heather Murray Latin, Kristen K. Ellard, Jacqueline R. Bullis, Kate H. Bentley, Hannah T. Boettcher, and Clair Cassiello-Robbins
Leading therapists and researchers have come to understand that many psychological disorders share common features and respond to common therapeutic treatments. This deepened understanding of the nature of psychological disorders, their causes, and their symptoms has led to the development of new, comprehensive treatment programs that are effective for whole classes of disorders. Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders is one such program.
Designed for individuals suffering from emotional disorders, including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression, this program focuses on helping you to better understand your emotions and identify what you're doing in your responses to them that may be making things worse. Throughout the course of treatment you will learn different strategies and techniques for managing your emotional experiences and the symptoms of your disorder. You will learn how to monitor your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors; confront uncomfortable emotions; and learn more effective ways of coping with your experiences. By proactively practicing the skills presented in this book-and completing the exercises, homework assignments and self-assessment quizzes provided in each chapter, you will address your problems in a comprehensive and effective way so you can regulate your emotional experiences and return to living a happy and functional life.
1. What are Emotional Disorders?
2. About this Treatment
3. Learning to Record Your Experiences
4. Setting Goals and Maintaining Motivation
5. Understanding Your Emotions - What is an Emotion?
6. Understanding Your Emotions - Following the ARC
7. Mindful Emotion Awareness
8. Cognitive Flexibility
9. Countering Emotional Behaviors
10. Understanding and Confronting Physical Sensations
11. Putting it into Practice - Emotion Exposures
12. The Role of Medication in the Treatment of Emotional Disorders
13. Moving UP from Here - Recognizing Accomplishments and Looking to Your Future
Appendix A: Answers to Self-Assessment Quizzes
Appendix B: Example Forms
Appendix C: Definitions of Key Terms
About the Authors
David H. Barlow, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry emeritus, and Founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He is editor-in-chief for the TreatmentsThatWork series of therapist manuals and patient workbooks, as well as editor of The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Barlow has published over 600 articles and chapters and over 80 books and clinical manuals, mostly in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders and clinical research methodology.
Todd J. Farchione, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University. Dr. Farchione's research focuses on the nature, assessment, and treatment of anxiety, mood, and related disorders. He has published over 60 articles and chapters in this area.
Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor in Boston University's Department of Psychology, as well as the Director of the Unified Protocol Training Institute. Her research is focused on identifying factors that maintain symptoms across broad classes of psychological disorders and using this information to streamline treatment for commonly co-occurring diagnoses. Dr. Sauer-Zavala has over 60 peer-reviewed publications in this area and is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to continue this work.
Heather Murray-Latin, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University.
Jacqueline R. Bullis, PhD, is an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a clinical researcher in the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders at McLean Hospital. She completed her doctoral training in the clinical psychology program at Boston University
Kristen Ellard, PhD, is an Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Psychology and Clinical Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry's Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation and Division of Neurotherapeutics.
Kate H. Bentley, PhD, is a Clinical and Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and previously completed her doctoral training in the clinical psychology program at Boston University.
Hannah Boettcher, M.A., is a predoctoral intern at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, and completed her doctoral training in the clinical psychology program at Boston University.
Clair Cassiello-Robbins, M.A., is an advanced doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Boston University.