Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders: An Integrative Approach to Healing the Wounded Self

Pages: 301
Item #: 4317058
ISBN: 978-1-59147-196-7
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Copyright: 2005
Format: Hardcover
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Overview

Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders: An Integrative Approach to Healing the Wounded Self provides an effective new way to treat anxiety disorders. By evaluating the specific needs of a client and selecting appropriate approaches from several different therapeutic methods, this book shows how 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 on 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.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

I. Foundations for Understanding Anxiety

  1. Introduction
  2. On the Nature and Classification of Anxiety
  3. Perspectives on Anxiety Disorders

II. An Integrative Theory of Anxiety Disorders

  1. Toward an Integrative Etiological Model of Anxiety Disorders
  2. An Integrative Model of the Self
  3. The Wounded Self: An Integrative Etiological Model of Anxiety Disorders
  4. The Application of the Integrative Model to Specific Anxiety Disorders

III. An Integrative Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

  1. Toward an Integrative Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders
  2. An Integrative Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders
  3. The Integrative Therapy Applied to Specific Anxiety Disorders
  4. Future Directions and a Final Summary

Appendix: Wolfe's Focusing Technique

References

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Reviews & Awards

Definitely a strong addition to the field, this book incorporates not only what we know about anxiety disorders and their treatment but presents a novel integrative approach to healing the whole person.
—Doody Enterprises, Inc.