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The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety
A Step-By-Step Program
Second Edition




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ISBN: 9781626250154
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When anxious feelings spiral out of control, they can drain your energy and prevent you from living the life you want. If you're ready to stop letting your anxiety have the upper hand, The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety, Second Edition can help you to recognize your anxiety triggers, develop skills to stop anxious thoughts before they take over, and keep needless fears from coming back.

In the second edition of this best-selling workbook, William J. Knaus offers a step-by-step program to help you overcome anxiety and get back to living a rich and productive life. With this book, you will develop a personal wellness plan using techniques from rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), powerful treatment methods proven to be even more effective than anxiety medication. This edition includes new evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation and values-based action, addresses perfectionism and anxiety, and features updated, cutting-edge research.

Anxiety and panic are intense emotions, and in the moments that you experience them it may seem like you are powerless, but nothing could be further from the truth. This workbook offers a practical program that you can use on your own, or with a therapist, to take back that power and end anxiety once and for all.


William J. Knaus (Author)
William J. Knaus, EdD, is a licensed psychologist with more than forty-six years of clinical experience working with people suffering from anxiety, depression, and procrastination. He has appeared on numerous regional and national television shows,... Read more

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Jon Carlson (Foreword by)
Jon Carlson, PsyD,EdD, ABPP, is a distinguished professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University and a psychologist at the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He is past president of the International... Read more

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“Outstanding manual that offers a comprehensive approach to change that covers the major areas of anxiety. Uniquely emphasizes the links between anxiety and common co-occurring conditions, such as procrastination and indecision. The book shows how to combat anxiety cognitions, build emotional tolerance, use imagery for relaxation, engage in problem-solving behaviors, and apply tested techniques for solving more than one emotional problem simultaneously. It features self-contracts at the end of each chapter to reinforce change.”
-Janet Wolfe, PhD, former executive director of the Albert Ellis Institute and staff psychologist for thirty-five years, as well as author or coauthor of multiple books, including What to Do When He Has a Headache
“This book is brilliant! Scientifically sound, user-friendly, compassionate, and deeply understanding of the anxiety disorders-I will insist that many of my patients read it. In fact, regular use of Knaus's workbook may actually shorten the length of time required for some anxiety sufferers to remain in therapy.”
-Barry Lubetkin, PhD, ABPP, director and founder of the Institute for Behavior Therapy, New York City
“Knaus has an amazing capacity to simplify and clarify complex scientific ideas and to incorporate them into an accessible, pragmatic text. This workbook can greatly benefit lay people afflicted with excessive anxiety and commonly associated disturbances. He has added a section on meditative practices, which greatly enhances the appeal and utility of this workbook. I recommend it heartily.”
-Joseph Gerstein, MD, FACP, founding president of the SMART Recovery Self-Help Network
“As we strive to navigate the waves of change, push ourselves to constantly do better, and struggle to accomplish a sense of balance, we can fall prey to the ravages of fear, anxiety, and depression. Knaus impresses once again by providing a highly practical, research-based methodology to tackle these psychological demons. Readers will come away with useful tools and strategies that will allow them to take charge of their lives, restore their well-being, and advance their health and productivity. Practitioners will also find this workbook a valuable and indispensable resource.”
-Sam Klarreich, PhD, C Psych, president of The Berkeley Center for Effectiveness and The Center for Rational Emotive Therapy, and coauthor of Fearless Job Hunting
“One of the foundational tenets of the cognitive behavioral therapies is that personal change does not take place in the therapist's office. Rather, a patient can only make desired change by practicing-yes, practicing-the insights and strategies the therapist provides in the context of his or her daily life. Bill Knaus's The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety is a rare gem in this regard; it is both a reference for the therapist to guide the patient through the anxiety-defeating change process and also a suitable resource for the layperson to independently obliterate anxiety on his or her own. I will treasure it for my own personal use, keep copies on hand for my anxious patients as an adjunct for their therapy, and make participants aware of it at my self-help workshops.
-Russ Greiger, PhD, clinical psychologist in private practice in Charlottesville, VA, and coauthor of Fearless Job Hunting
“Working through each page of The Cognitive Behavioral Workbookfor Anxiety will empower any reader who is truly ready to get down to the heart of the matter! In this excellent and comprehensive collection of our current understandings and research-driven techniques, Knaus reveals a full and user-friendly plan for the great defeat of anxiety-feeding beliefs and habits!”
-Pam Garcy, PhD, psychologist in Dallas, TX, and author of The REBT Super Activity Guide
“Knaus's step-by-step approach to conquer anxiety is written in a manner that gives the reader a handle on the source of his or her anxiety and spells out a plethora of sensible, evidence-based solutions. I heartily recommend The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety to anyone struggling with worry, anxiety, procrastination, and depression. If getting a better handle on emotions, giving up perfectionism, and defeating social anxiety are your goals, Knaus's book will seem as though he wrote it with you in mind.”
-Joel Block, PhD, assistant clinical professor, Hofstra, North-Shore/LIJ School of Medicine
“A fantastic tool for all those who struggle with anxiety and want to learn how to reduce it once and for all. Knaus has compiled a very practical, clear, and effective workbook, complemented by catchy, easy-to-remember tips and a very comprehensive coverage of anti-anxiety strategies and techniques following in the footsteps of Dr. Albert Ellis's theory of rational emotive behavior therapy. I will recommend this workbook to all my anxiety patients.”
-Roberta Galluccio Richardson, PhD, clinical psychologist, Sloane Medical Practice, London
“In this recent revision, Knaus has provided the reader with an up-to-date and comprehensive description of anxiety and the role it can play in our now all-too-complicated and demanding lives. More importantly, he gives the reader those essential and valuable tools he or she needs to better cope with and reduce modern day stress and anxiety. I strongly recommend this book to the lay reader and professional alike. This book is truly a gem!”
-Allen Elkin, PhD, in private practice in New York, NY, and author of Stress Management for Dummies
“Knaus has given us an extensive new edition of his highly successful The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety. From direct observation, we know that the completion of this project has been a labor of love. Knaus has a strong scientist-clinician's grasp of the topics he covers in this revised edition, and it shows! Throughout the book, he shares his clinical insights and thorough understanding of the anxiety research. This book effectively summarizes many approaches to coping with anxiety and offers help to those who needlessly suffer its effects. It is a goldmine of proven ways and innovative methods to cope with the many faces of anxiety. The self-helper who chooses to reduce or end needless anxieties and fears, regardless of the form that they take, will find an organized approach for developing the skills needed to manage anxiety or make it go away.”
-Leon Pomeroy, PhD, author of The New Science of Axiological Psychology and Wendy Pomeroy, MD, US Department of Justice, retired
“Knaus's The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety is a well-constructed, thoughtful exploration of both the causes of and approaches to overcoming or minimizing anxiety and its effects. His book clearly illustrates the principles and particular steps involved in overcoming anxiety. In addition, each chapter provides clearly delineated, practical steps to address the principle causes of anxiety as the subject of each chapter. I have found the approach to addressing `double trouble' particularly useful with clients and friends alike. Oftentimes, simply pointing out how `awfulizing' about having anxiety brings almost immediate relief and allows the person to focus on the circumstances and causes of their anxiety. It is clear to me that fully deploying the exercises found in his workbook will bring benefit to almost anyone struggling with the ill-effects of anxiety.”
-James W. Thompson, PhD, MBA, business psychologist

“Knaus's excellent book on overcoming anxiety just got even more versatile with this new improved edition. A virtual one-stop supermarket of information, techniques, case illustrations, top tips, and exercises for overcoming debilitating anxiety and worry, this fully revised and updated resource serves multiple purposes. From the unhappy traveler of life looking to feel and do better, to the therapist in search of an innovative and creative cognitive behavioral approach, this book serves them all-and incredibly well. Knaus has truly outdone himself on this one!”
-Elliot D. Cohen, PhD, author of What would Aristotle Do? Self-Control through the Power of Reason

“Anxiety is so common that almost everyone experiences it from time to time. It can interfere with fully living the only life you have to live. Knaus, a renowned cognitive behavioral therapist and author, has summarized the cutting-edge knowledge and provided practical steps for you to follow to deal with anxiety. By following this precious wisdom, you can gain relief from the suffering caused by anxiety.”
-Sanjay Singh, MD, DNB, PhD, REBT and REE representative in India, professor, Department of Dermatology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

“If you want to reduce and control your anxieties, worries, fears, etc., Socrates's advice still holds: `Know yourself!' But how do you do it? Even small steps can help, and this workbook by veteran psychotherapist Knaus will guide you along the way with a variety of practical tools you can immediately apply for observing and managing your thinking-feeling-acting. Alfred Korzybski, an early pioneer in what is now called cognitive behavioral therapy, said fears and defensiveness are no defense. You can learn how to manage yours.”
-Bruce I. Kodish, author of Korzybski: A Biography and Drive Yourself Sane: Using the Uncommon Sense of General Semantics, coauthored with Susan Presby Kodish

“Freud distinguished between fearing what is harmful and threatening to our survival (realistic anxiety) and all other fears (neurotic anxiety). Knaus offers systematic ways to reduce self-handicapping unrealistic anxieties with a series of exercises and written progress reports. Building on decades of work in cognitive behavioral therapy, he presents highly practical and creative ideas for educating oneself against anxiety and toward a calmer, more comfortable, and productive life. His is a valuable, no-nonsense approach to self-help.”
-Richard L. Wessler, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology and codeveloper of cognitive appraisal therapy

“Knaus has done it again with an important update to his best-selling book The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety. Not only is this a self-help manual, but it could also be used as a college textbook in a counseling psychology course. It is astonishingly well written, and the coverage is detailed and thorough. As a self-help manual it offers a clear, step-by-step solution to the dilemma of depression and anxiety. It gets the reader moving and changing, because it demands that the reader be involved enough to take active steps. This is not for the passively disengaged, but for those who are willing to participate in their own recovery process (which is essential to the overall healing). As a textbook it is a foundational source for a true understanding of cognitive behavioral therapy, which has been proven to be today's most effective therapeutic technique. And in this case you will be reading words from the master, as Knaus himself has contributed greatly to the creation of this important therapeutic breakthrough.”
-Richard Sprinthall, PhD, emeritus professor at American International College

“This revision of Knaus's Cognitive Behavioral Work Book for Anxiety is no less than a milestone in the CBT self-help movement. It is both a compassionate and scholarly reach-out to all those suffering from anxieties that thwart their well-being and development. I am sure, given my personal acquaintance with the founding fathers of CBT, such as Albert Ellis, that they also would applaud the publication of this helpful volume.”
-Ren? F.W. Diekstra, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology at the University College in Roosevelt Middelburg, the Netherlands, and professor of youth and development at the University of Applied Sciences at The Hague, the Netherlands

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Good book overall in using REBT and CBT to address anxiety. I just don't get why in this day and age a SECOND edition does not keep up with the times that readers and clinicians want access to electronic worksheets that are easily reproducable. This flaw makes the book a lot less appealing.