Are your thoughts getting in the way of living your life? Based in cutting-edge neuroscience and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this important workbook will help you regain control from unwanted thoughts and get back to the things that matter.
Do you have unwanted, disturbing, upsetting, or weird thoughts that you just can’t seem to shake? Violent or sexual thoughts that cause you to feel ashamed, anxious, or depressed? Maybe you think they mean something about you—and that thought scares you even more. While you may not be able to shut your thoughts off permanently, you can gain distance from them and improve your life. This step-by-step guide will show you how.
In The Anxious Thoughts Workbook, renowned psychologist David A. Clark presents a targeted, transdiagnostic approach to help you move past unwanted mental intrusions. You’ll learn how to change the destructive patterns responsible for the persistence of anxious and depressive thinking, and strip these upsetting thoughts of their meaning—a process Clark refers to as “detoxing.” Finally, you’ll learn to manage the feelings of shame that can accompany these thoughts.
Are you ready to move past your thoughts and start focusing on more important things? If so, the proven-effective techniques in this workbook will help you get started.
“This timely self-help workbook will be valuable for people struggling to deal with intrusive and anxious thoughts. It contains important information, a great deal of practical advice, illustrative case reports, exercises, worksheets, and troubleshooting techniques. It will benefit many readers and provide a useful resource for professionals. I strongly recommend it.”
—S.J. Rachman, emeritus professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London; and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver
“David A. Clark, an internationally renowned and respected researcher and clinician provides therapists and clients a state-of-the-art self-help guide to overcome unwanted distressing thoughts that may catch therapists as well as clients. It helps the reader to develop a better understanding of anxious thoughts regardless of the diagnosis, and then provides them an excellent guide for effective self-coping skills based on scientifically proven procedures and principles. It aims to make one his or her own therapist and reclaim their freedom from being prisoners of their intrusive thoughts. Trust this workbook instead of trusting your self-defeating anxious and intrusive thoughts.”
—Mehmet Sungur, professor of psychiatry at the University of Marmara, and president of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy
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