Counseling For Anxiety Problems 2nd Edition PDF

Counseling For Anxiety Problems 2nd Edition PDF



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Preface

We were both very pleased to be invited to write a revised edition of Richard Hallam’s original book, Counselling for Anxiety Problems, first published in 1992. We have worked together on a number of projects, including writing Cognitive Therapy: Transforming the Image, published by Sage in 1997, which aims to present counsellors with the developments in cognitive therapy which, we believe, make it more attractive for counsellors to use or to integrate with their practice. The opportunity to work on Counselling for Anxiety Problems follows on from our theme and interests: to promote the successful developments in cognitive therapy for anxiety problems in a way which is accessible and attractive to the counselling world. We are convinced by the strong evidence that cognitive therapy offers a realistic and effective therapy for our many clients burdened by anxiety problems, while at the same time being aware of the criticisms and dangers inherent in adopting one approach too rigidly. We hope to present the balance of our thinking in this book.
As Richard Hallam states in the preface to the firrst edition: `All of us can empathize with what it might be like to suffer from an “anxiety problem”.’ Anxiety is second to depression as one of the most common psychological problems for which people seek help, from their GPs, counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists, and can be pervasive and disabling. Anxiety is an experience of many dimensions, affecting our physiology, feelings, behaviour and patterns of thinking, and is both triggered and maintained by environmental factors. There are many different manifestations of anxiety, the main ones being panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific or social phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and anxiety problems related to medical conditions or substance abuse. Whatever our feelings and beliefs about the value of diagnosis and diagnostic categories, understanding the kinds of problems our clients are experiencing is vital to being able to offer appropriate solutions. The approach in therapy and counselling for anxiety problems varies for different types of anxiety, and what works for one problem may well be counterproductive for another. This book therefore separates different types of anxiety problems, and describes specific counselling approaches for the different problems, rather than considering anxiety as a single problem.


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