Acceptance- and Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Anxiety: Conceptualization and Treatment

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Susan M. Orsillo, Lizabeth Roemer
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 22, 2007 - Psychology - 376 pages
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For many years, cognitive-behavioral techniques have been at the forefront of treatment for anxiety disorders. More recently, strategies rooted in Eastern concepts of acceptance and mindfulness have have demonstrated some promise in treating anxiety, especially in tandem with CBT. Now, with Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies for Anxiety, thirty expert clinicians and researchers present a comprehensive guide to integrating these powerful complementary approaches—where they match, when they differ, and why they work so well together.

Chapter authors clearly place mindfulness and acceptance into the clinical lexicon, establishing links with established traditions, including emotion theory and experiential therapy. In addition, separate chapters discuss specific anxiety disorders, the current state of treatment for each, and practical ways of integrating acceptance and mindfulness approaches into therapy.

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"Orsillo and Roemer are true scientist-practitioners with their broad and deep knowledge of cognitive behavioral concepts and their years of applying these concepts to relieve suffering from anxiety.  In this book they take us to the cutting-edge of new psychological approaches to anxiety disorders. Every clinician will want to be aware of these latest advances."

-David H. Barlow, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University
Professor of Psychology
Research Professor of Psychiatry.

"Few others could make the case for acceptance and mindfulness-based care of anxiety disorders as well as Orsillo and Roemer have done. Tacking deftly between innovation and empirical science this book shows how traditional anxiety treatments, supplemented by acceptance and mindfulness practices, can achieve an expanded scope of relevance and efficacy. Their careful operationalization and description of these practices along with a few caveats regarding this nascent union, enables the reader to navigate comfortably in novel territory. Ideal for therapists, researchers and students the material presented in this book will likely form the backbone of the next generation of treatment for complex anxiety disorders"

-Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Toronto.

"In their innovative work toward a more complete understanding of the etiology and treatment of anxiety disorders, and in their special concern for those patients who do not respond to existing treatments, Drs Roemer and Orsillo have led the field into new territory. In the past ten years, the integration of mindfulness-based approaches into existing psychological systems and therapies has been both informing and challenging for each side of the meeting. This timely book contains a useful summary of the many facets of this conversation, including the differing approaches to mindfulness and its use in clinical systems. It provides an excellent description of the development and progression of CBT approaches to the treatment of anxiety disorders and cogently presents the case for the natural progression of the integration of mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches into this field."

-James Carmody Ph.D.
Director of Research, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Preventive & Behavioral Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Among the book’s highlights:

- A detailed conceptual framework for combining acceptance-based and cognitive-behavioral approaches

- Clinically valid definitions of acceptance and mindfulness, explaining their compatibility with more goal-driven and problem-solving therapies

- Demonstrations of three specific methods—Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills training—as used in treating clients with anxiety disorders.

 

 

 

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Contents

Emotion and the AcceptanceBased Approaches to
32
Exploring Basic Processes Underlying Acceptance
68
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a Treatment
101
Applying DBT Mindfulness Skills to the Treatment
147
Integrating Acceptance and Mindfulness with
165
An Acceptance and MindfulnessBased Perspective
189
An AcceptanceBased Behavior Therapy
213
Acceptance and MindfulnessBased Approaches
236
Acceptance and MindfulnessBased Behavior Therapy
271
Integrating Acceptance and Mindfulness into
301
Index
359
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