Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders

Science and Practice

David A. Clark and Aaron T. Beck

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“A valuable resource and reference. Written by two eminent and respected researchers in the field of cognitive psychology, this work is offered to readers as both an updated and reformulated presentation of the cognitive model of anxiety as originally presented by Beck and Emery (1985) and as an evidence-based treatment handbook....Given how thorough, well researched, and applicable the information is, this text will quickly become a classic reference for instructors, graduate students, and clinicians....From the perspective of one who trains predoctoral interns and teaches graduate courses, I think this book would be the textbook of choice for introducing the cognitive conceptualization of anxiety, treatment planning from the cognitive perspective, and application of the cognitive model of anxiety in treatment settings. The authors examine and update the cognitive theory of anxiety and use this as the underpinnings for introducing cognitive techniques for treatment....From a clinician's perspective, this work contains a wealth of useful information. It will become the gold standard for the assessment and treatment of anxiety. It is a work that clinicians will repeatedly turn to when looking for the most relevant information....This book has a niche of its own as a reference of the highest caliber. It is a volume that will withstand the test of time.”


“An immense amount of research into the anxiety disorders has been conducted in the last 25 years, leaving the authors with the considerable task of including all the necessary information, a task they achieve with magisterial skill and authority....Will serve as a master text on the overall direction in which this work should be heading.”

Healthcare, Counselling, and Psychotherapy Journal

“David A. Clark has done an outstanding job...over the past four years of reviewing, evaluating, and synthesizing the enormous research and clinical literature on the cognitive perspective toward anxiety....There is no question that this is a practical treatment manual....The last five chapters are really mini treatment manuals for panic disorder, social phobia, GAD, OCD, and PTSD. Plus you'll find rating scales, checklists, structured diaries—almost forty reproducible handouts and forms. In every chapter you will find Clinician Guidelines." Each is a boxed-in few sentences that reinforce key points. They serve as a great way for experienced clinicians to scan through sections of this sizable book and settle in on passages that expand their comprehension. If you are ready to sharpen your clinical skills, you will truly appreciate this book.”

“Practicing cognitive therapists (and trainees in particular) will find much to like here. Particularly welcome are the frequent, one-paragraph Clinician Guidelines set apart in boxes throughout the text....The authors also provide a Quick Reference Summary at the end of each chapter in Parts I and II, presenting the high points of interest to the practitioner. Other clinician-friendly features include assessment and monitoring forms, actual interview questions for specific aspects of assessment, and a list of recommended self-help workbooks for patients....Perhaps the most thorough, scholarly, and practical volume on the treatment of anxiety disorders currently available. It is an invaluable addition to the anxiety literature, meeting and exceeding the high standard set by previous works by Dr. Beck and his collaborators. It would behoove all mental health practitioners and clinical researchers to be familiar with its contents.”

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“The authors provide students and practitioners with the strong theoretical base that is a sine qua non for effective treatment. They show how cognition links up with multiple other etiological factors in anxiety and hence can serve well as a treatment target and focus. Marvelous, instructive clinical pearls accompany each theoretical point. An excellent chapter on assessment contains all the necessary rating forms needed for patient evaluation and monitoring of outcomes. Treatment techniques are described in depth; the book concludes with outstanding disorder-specific chapters. The definitive text.”

—Peter P. Roy-Byrne, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine at Harborview Medical Center

“Exceptional. In this comprehensive and integrative work, Clark and Beck offer their latest insights in treating anxiety disorders and provide specific conceptual frameworks. Clinicians, students, and researchers will find this important work to be of immense value in guiding treatment and research. Included are a wealth of practical assessment and monitoring tools that can be used effectively with clients. The book will also be valuable as a course text in clinical psychology training programs.”

—Adrian Wells, PhD, Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and Director, Metacognitive Therapy Institute

“The authors' scientific expertise and clinical experience are evident in this well-written, practical book. It is an excellent contribution to the cognitive therapy literature that will enhance the skills of professionals and trainees, irrespective of theoretical orientation. Detailed case examples illustrate the application of cognitive therapy principles and practices for treating each of the anxiety disorders.”

—Kamila S. White, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Saint Louis

“Clark and Beck have produced a landmark work. Scholarly and clinically rich, the book presents the contemporary status of the cognitive model of anxiety disorders with great clarity. It provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-read summary of the empirical literature and describes concrete clinical techniques for addressing some of the most common psychiatric problems. This book is essential reading for current and future mental health professionals.”

—Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, Department of Psychology, Boston University