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"This long-awaited book exceeds expectations. It provides a single, comprehensive guide to CBT for anxiety disorders, from assessment to termination. This is no small feat in itself, and yet, Butler et al. also offer so much more. Therapists will appreciate the sophisticated nuances of therapy depicted here. Layers of clinical creativity are embedded within illustrative case examples. As an added bonus, the authors' transdiagnostic approach offers a clear path through the sometimes confusing process of treating clients with multiple anxiety disorders. I heartily recommend this elegant book, whether it is the first or the 50th that you read on anxiety treatment."--Christine A. Padesky, PhD, cofounder, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Huntington Beach, California

"Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders is a refreshing alternative to many of the existing manuals on this topic. It presents a highly individualized, formulation-based, cognitive approach to treating these challenging conditions. The book is well grounded in science and includes solutions to the most common treatment roadblocks. I highly recommend it to anyone who works with people who suffer from anxiety disorders."--Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

"This book must be read by all those who seek to help people suffering from anxiety disorders. It clearly and accessibly portrays the essence of effective CBT for anxiety while avoiding oversimplified prescriptions. The book is unique in helping clinicians to achieve the integration of clinical art and clinical science that characterizes excellent CBT. The reader will learn essential therapeutic skills for striking a balance in two key areas: between general and specific factors in anxiety disorders and their treatment, and between self-acceptance and recognizing and implementing the need for change. Read this book and use it!"--Paul Salkovskis, PhD, CPsychol, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and Clinical Director, Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

"Therapists who have some experience using CBT in practice will find it useful in learning how to circumvent common stumbling blocks and use CBT in situations novel to them. The book does a nice job in using theory, evidence, and clinical experience to enhance practice. It is a useful work for clinicians working to hone their CBT skills."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
(Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2010-04-22)

"Each chapter constructs a golden bridge between science and practice. The authors identify the important components of treatment at each phase, while explicating the theoretical and empirical framework within which each component of treatment is grounded. Their knowledge of the literature on the development and persistence of anxiety disorders is current and impeccable. Large bodies of findings are distilled into accurate summations that readily inform practice. The authors draw upon their collective expertise in treatment to describe a myriad of strategies the clinician can use to meet the goals of each treatment component. Well-written, concise, and centered on rich case examples, these descriptions effectively communicate how to implement CBT techniques in a truly compassionate and collaborative manner....This book empowers the clinician with the knowledge required to develop a solid case formulation and exercise good clinical judgment in the implementation of the rich variety of therapeutic techniques described. This book is an invaluable resource for the clinician, the CBT trainee, and the CBT instructor."--Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
(Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 2010-04-22)

"Provides practical and user-friendly guidelines for clinicians in their daily work....A valuable resource for clinicians in training in advanced CBT strategies and is a notable attempt to advance a transdiagnostic approach to treating anxiety disorders that provides a snapshot of where the field is heading next."--Journal of Psychosomatic Research
(Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2010-04-22)

"I would love to have had [this book] available to me when I first attempted to treat people with anxiety disorders as a trainee in the 1970s, and I would urge anyone new to the field, as well as more experienced practitioners, to obtain a copy....Provides one of the best accounts I have read of how to get the most out of therapist-guided, in-session behavioral experiments, including their use to enrich the formulation, to detect subtle safety-seeking behaviors that maintain the problem and prevent patients from disconfirming their fears, and to promote experiential learning."--Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews
(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews 2010-04-22)

About the Author

Gillian Butler, PhD, an Associate of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has conducted research on CBT for anxiety disorders and has a special clinical interest in the use of CBT during recovery from childhood trauma. Dr. Butler is the author of Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness, Manage Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide, Psychology: A Very Short Introduction, and other books. With colleagues from the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (including Melanie Fennell and Ann Hackmann), she is a coeditor of the Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy.


Melanie Fennell, PhD, is Director of the University of Oxford Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies and is a research therapist in Oxford's Department of Psychiatry. She will also codirect a new Master of Studies in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program. Dr. Fennell has contributed to the development of treatment protocols for depression and for a range of anxiety disorders, and has published widely on CBT for depression and low self-esteem. In 2002, she was voted "Most Influential Female UK Cognitive Therapist" by the membership of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.


Ann Hackmann, PhD, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. She has worked for over 20 years in a research group that specializes in the development of cognitive therapy protocols for anxiety disorders. Working with imagery in cognitive therapy is her special interest, and she has published widely on this topic. Dr. Hackmann has provided teaching and training in cognitive therapy in many national and international settings, and is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

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A superb book for the professional Oct. 14 2012
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Personally, I have serious issues with evidence-based medicine or psychology. Under market pressure, the concept was foisted upon frightened masses of health-care providers, yet it was still-born. Now it's meandering about like the walking-dead that it is. The idea that we have to prove that what we do has value and/or saves quality of life or lives, is abhorrent to those of us who understand the infinite variability and uniqueness of individuals under our care. You want cookie-cutter psychology or medicine? Be my guest, but then, don't come complaining that some so-called "evidence-based treatment" is not working for you. I feel like I had to say the above, because the authors of this otherwise very valuable book insist on boxing everything into neat "evidence-based" packages. As didactic material the book is superb. As a true-to-life teaching tool, not so much.

This is not material for the average layperson and it certainly is NOT a self-help book. For the latter, I recommend several great workbooks available here at Amazon or directly from New Harbinger Press. The language is sophisticated, but digestible by the professional. Organization is outstanding, with the content progressing in a nice structured fashion. The content is comprehensive. I, for one, learned quite a bit, even after 30 years of practice. In fact, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to pick this material for 12 hours of continuing education credit. It was time well spent and I will be returning to this book when I need clarification on some protocol. I hope the authors will keep this book up to date for the foreseeable future. Despite the caveats listed above, I consider this book best of the breed.
Excellent resource for seasoned therapists/clinicians Jan. 16 2014
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I LOVE this book. I have always wanted to learn how to apply CBT in a more effective way and this book is the blueprint!! This book provides specific and detailed information on CBT and how to apply it in your clinical practice. It is the perfect book for clinicians wanting to learn how to apply CBT in the correct manner. It provides specific chapters on handling different types of disorders such as panic disorder, PTSD, etc. I would recommend this book for the seasoned clinician as it can be somewhat advanced in you have not been in the field for a while. This book will be a staple in my practice and I refer back to it often!
Four Stars Feb. 8 2015
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it was useful and had a lot of information