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  • Subject index

This practical introduction helps trainees use cognitive behavioural therapy to assess and treat generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), one of the most commonly presented client issues. Taking the reader step-by-step through each stage of CBT with anxiety and worry, the authors illustrate the whole range of different treatment techniques whilst keeping the book accessible and concise.

Tailored to current High and Low Intensity (IAPT) training, it covers self-help literature as well as traditional one-to-one therapy. The book:

contains illustrative case material, balancing an evidence-based approach with awareness of the realities of today's practice; alerts trainees to the potential complicating factors and the co-existence of other anxiety or mood disorders alongside GAD; addresses cross-cutting professional themes, such as working with morbidity and the pressures of working within NHS settings.

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, this book is essential reading for all CBT trainees on IAPT programmes, as well as trainees on postgraduate counselling, psychotherapy and clinical psychology courses. Qualified therapists who require an update in this area will also find this a useful resource.

Key Interventions 1 – Worry Awareness Training
Key interventions 1 – worry awareness training

There are three important phases in the treatment of GAD. These interventions are key because given what we currently know from research, they can be viewed as ‘essential’ – that is to say that any attempt to treat worry and GAD that does not include them would leave the client vulnerable to relapse. These key interventions are:

  • worry awareness training
  • recognising and overcoming unhelpful responses to uncertainty
  • recognising and challenging positive beliefs about worry.

This chapter will look at the first of these. Following assessment and formulation, worry awareness training enables the client to step out of and attend to the process of worrying while paying attention to the content of their worries. It does so ...

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