Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner's Guide to Comparative Treatments

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Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Elizabeth A. Gosch, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, Jan 29, 2007 - Psychology - 364 pages
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Anxiety disorders are costly, common, and debilitating. They often present challenging problems in the caseloads of practicing clinicians today. This volume compares and contrasts various models of, and treatment approaches to, anxiety disorders. Each contributor, a master clinician, analyzes the same case and presents a thorough description of the model. Detailed descriptions of therapists' skills and attributes, assessment plans, treatment goals, intervention strategies, common pitfalls, and mechanisms of change are included.

Among the 11 therapies presented are Cognitive-Behavioral, Problem-Solving, Acceptance and Commitment, Contextual Family Therapy, Supportive-Expressive, Psychodynamic, and Psychopharmacological.The volume concludes with a useful table that succinctly summarizes the tenets of all these major approaches.


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An Overview
The Case of Sandra
3 CognitiveBehavioral Treatment
4 ProblemSolving Therapy
5 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
6 ContextCentered Therapy
7 Contextual Family Therapy
8 Adlerian Therapy
10 PersonCentered Therapy
11 SupportiveExpressive Psychotherapy
12 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
13 Psychopharmacological Treatment
14 Comparison of Treatment Approaches

9 Interpersonal Psyschotherapy

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About the author (2007)

Elizabeth A. Gosch, PhD, serves dual roles in the Psychology Department of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as Director of the MS Program in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology and as a core faculty member of the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, she is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and serves as a diplomate examiner for this board. Dr. Gosch received her bachelor's degree in 1987 from Grinnell College and her doctorate in clinical psychology in 1997 from Temple University. She employs an interactive teaching style, seeking to incorporate discussions of theoretical issues with real-world experience to help students master course material.

Dr. Gosch is a nationally recognized expert on clinical child psychology and anxiety disorders. She has published on several topics, but is best known for co-editing Comparative Treatments for Anxiety Disorders and articles on the treatment of internalizing disorders in children. Dr. Gosch is currently on the editorial board of "Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice". She serves as a reviewer for "Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology", and the "Behavior Therapist". She has served on the Publications Committee of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. She is a co-principal investigator of an NIMH-funded study (NIMH-64484-01A1; five-year award beginning 2002) of therapeutic process and alliance in the treatment of children with anxiety disorders.

Her major research interest concerns the process and effectiveness of psychotherapy with differing populations. Much of her work has focused on the treatment of anxiety and depression in youth. She has conducted NIMH-funded psychotherapy outcome research at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Psychotherapy Research, the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University. Her past work at the Behavioral Therapy Service of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital and the Princeton Child Development Institute has also provided her with extensive experience in the field of cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment.

Although she has received certification in cognitive behavioral therapy with youth from Temple University, she has also received training in family and psychodynamic approaches. She believes that therapeutic change in youth must be understood from a developmental perspective and strives to integrate findings from the field of developmental psychology into her clinical work. In her private practice, she works with youth experiencing both externalizing and internalizing symptoms but specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression.

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