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Counselling for Anxiety Problems

Counselling for Anxiety Problems

Second Edition
  • Diana Sanders - Counselling Psychologist and BABCP Accredited Cognitive Psychotherapist in Independent Practice, Oxford
  • Frank Wills - University of Wales College, Newport, University of South Wales, UK

January 2003 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Any cognitive therapy text which quotes from Alice in Wonderland is off to a good start - and in the case of Counselling for Anxiety Problems, it gets better and better. This is an excellent book written by counselling psychologists, aimed primarily at counselling psychologists. Diana Sanders and Frank Wills are experienced cognitive therapists, who, through various books, are performing a valuable role of building bridges between counsellors and the practice of cognitive therapists. In doing so, they lay to rest many of the misconceptions counsellors may have about cognitive therapy (often based on an 80s version of the therapy), and place particular emphasis on the central importance of therapeutic relationship in cognitive therapy, as in counselling. Their review and discussion of the anxiety disorders is comprehensive and contemporary, as indicated by the number of references from the past five years. Furthermore their clinical experience, as well as their humour, shines through. Although primarily aimed at the counselling market, it will be just as useful for therapists from a variety of backgrounds. I can thoroughly recommend this book' - Amazon Review

Anxiety is one of the most common psychological problems for which people seek help. Through research, major advances have been made in understanding the causes of anxiety, the different forms it takes and how problems perpetuate. In turn this has led to the development of more targeted ways of helping sufferers. Based on these findings, Counselling for Anxiety Problems, Second Edition presents accessible and up-to-date guidelines on the most effective ways of helping clients with anxiety problems.

The authors outline general methods of working with anxiety sufferers and highlight the issues specific to this client group. Counsellors need to select appropriate interventions depending on the particular problems experienced by each client. The second part of the book therefore shows how to adapt counselling interventions to different forms of anxiety, such as:

- panic

- worry

- agoraphobia

- social and other phobias

- health anxiety, and

- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Whilst being cognitive in focus, the book is accessible to counsellors from different orientations who wish to broaden their understanding and skills in relation to anxiety. Based on the authors' own clinical experience, the book makes extensive use of detailed case examples to illustrate different ways of formulating and working with anxiety.

Counselling for Anxiety Problems, Second Edition is suitable for practitioners of all levels, from those in training to those with more experience who wish to update and refresh their methods of working with anxious clients.

Conceptualizing Anxiety
Cognitive Approaches to Counselling for Anxiety
The Therapeutic Relationship in Counselling for Anxiety
Assessment of Anxiety Problems
Methods and Techniques
Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
General Anxiety and Worry
Specific Phobias
Social Anxiety
Health Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This book is a good companion for all counselling trainees wanting to further understand how to work with CBT techniques to help their clients manage their anxiety.
Anxiety, and how to conceptualise it, are explained in detail. Specific anxiety problems are highlighted and the authors’ guide practitioners through the formulations for each specific anxiety problem.
The book has a good balanced between theoretical explanations of the various problems with the authors’ own personal experiences. A good book to accompany CBT training.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
June 9, 2022

Did not receive the book to review.

Miss Emma Humphreys
Education Department, Bournemouth And Poole College (Poole)
July 20, 2022

A brilliant text which gives the essentials for understanding and treating anxiety disorders in a very neat and well considered format.

The title 'Counselling for anxiety disorders' may be a little confusing as the treatment approach discussed is CBT.

Ms Malin Sellden
Department of Psychology, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
December 22, 2014

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