The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety
About the Book
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.
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-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
-Barry Lubetkin, PhD, ABPP, director and founder of the Institute for Behavior Therapy, New York City
-Joseph Gerstein, MD, FACP, founding president of the SMART Recovery Self-Help Network
-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
-Russ Greiger, PhD, clinical psychologist in private practice in Charlottesville, VA, and coauthor of Fearless Job Hunting
-Pam Garcy, PhD, psychologist in Dallas, TX, and author of The REBT Super Activity Guide
-Joel Block, PhD, assistant clinical professor, Hofstra, North-Shore/LIJ School of Medicine
-Roberta Galluccio Richardson, PhD, clinical psychologist, Sloane Medical Practice, London
-Allen Elkin, PhD, in private practice in New York, NY, and author of Stress Management for Dummies
-Leon Pomeroy, PhD, author of The New Science of Axiological Psychology and Wendy Pomeroy, MD, US Department of Justice, retired
-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