Workshop 17 – Christine Padesky, PhD – CBT for Anxiety Disorders: Keep the Focus on Central Fears
The success of brief therapy with anxiety disorders largely depends on how well and consistently the therapy targets central fears maintaining anxiety. Live demonstrations and guided clinical exercises show participants how to a) identify the central thoughts and images that maintain anxiety disorders, b) use worksheets from the 2nd Edition of Mind Over Mood to construct fear ladders and identify underlying assumptions to guide treatment, and c) set up and evaluate behavioral experiments to help clients test out anxious underlying assumptions (central fears).
- Identify thoughts and images that trigger and maintain anxiety.
- Keep a treatment focus on the thoughts and images that maintain anxiety.
- Design behavioral experiments to test central beliefs.