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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 3 – Recognising and Overcoming Positive Beliefs About Worry
Key interventions 3 – recognising and overcoming positive beliefs about worry

The final phase of our key interventions for GAD is to help the client to recognise and challenge positive beliefs about worry, i.e. those rules and beliefs that suggest positive benefits of engaging in worry despite the negative consequences.

Setting the Scene for Working with Worry Rules

As recommended with the preceding key interventions, this phase of treatment will build upon the working formulation established during assessment and, as before, the rationale for addressing this part of the formulation may need to be revised and elaborated on. In particular, the client needs to understand that unhelpful positive beliefs about worry, along with an intolerance of uncertainty, ...

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