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.
Chapter 7: Overcoming Worry 1 – Real Event Worry
Overcoming Worry 1 – Real Event Worry
Thus far, we have been considering the key interventions in the cognitive therapy of GAD and excessive worry. The next phase in the cognitive therapy of GAD concerns interventions that target the two broad categories of worry and their associated psychological processes. The next chapter will look at cognitive avoidance in GAD and its relationship with hypothetical event worry. This current chapter will focus on negative problem orientation and problem-solving skills and their relationship to real event worry. The key message for the client at this phase in treatment is that there is a better alternative to worrying about life's problems, and that is to improve the way in which they approach ...