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Exposure Therapy

Rethinking the Model - Refining the Method

Neudeck, Peter, Wittchen, Hans-Ulrich (Eds.)

2012, XVI, 360 p.

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  • Covers a range of psychotherapy modalities and disorders
  • Includes third wave therapies 
  • Explores the theoretical foundations of exposure therapy

Exposure Therapy
Rethinking the Model - Refining the Method

Peter Neudeck and Hans-Ulrich Wittchen

From its early uses in treating phobias, exposure methods have expanded greatly, being established now as state of the art and first-line interventions for all anxiety and many other mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive, somatoform and addictive disorders. Informed by current understanding of learning, memory, cognition, neurobiology, the neurosciences as well as a range of clinical studies, exposure therapy is now firmly grounded on a broad and robust empirical base, opening new avenues for research and practice in behavioral psychotherapy. 

Exposure Therapy: Rethinking the Model -Refining the Method assembles leading experts to create a volume of equal interest and usefulness to students, clinicians and researchers alike. The book critically reviews the theoretical and formal aspects of exposure therapy including ethics; presents the theoretical models and many forms of clinical applications of exposure methods including the relationship to cognitive therapy and acceptance-based approaches; and discusses the role of procedural variants such as imaginal exposure, anxiety control strategies, cognitive interventions, as well as management of safety behaviors during exposure. Core topics are included:

  • Neural substrates of fear extinction and learning.
  • Exposure therapy for anxiety disorders in children.
  • The role of anxiety control strategies in imaginal exposure.
  • Interoceptive exposure and its variants
  • Variants of exposure in body dysmorphic disorder and hypochondriasis.
  • Trauma exposure in PTSD: safety first?
  • Exposure therapy in OCD: are cognitive elements needed?

Graduate students, clinicians and scientists seeking an overview on the latest research will look to Exposure Therapy: Rethinking the Model - Refining the Method as a trustworthy guide to the field as it continues to evolve.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Behavioral therapy - Body dysmorphic disorder - CBT - Cognitive behavior therapy - Cognitive enhancement - Cognitive therapy - Phobias - Third wave therapies

Related subjects » Medicine - Psychology - Psychotherapy & Counseling

Table of contents 

Introduction.- The ethics of exposure thereapy.- Dissemination of Exposure Therapy in Clinical practice: How to handle barriers?.- The role of extinction therapy.- The neural substrates of fear extinction.- Cognitive enhancers in exposure therapy for anxiety and related disorders.- Exposure therapy for anxiety disorders in children.- Aspects of exposure therapy in acceptance and commitment therapy.- Exposure aspects of the Interpersonal Discrimination Exercise (IDE) and The Situational Analysis (SA) in Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP).- Emotion-focused techniques in Schema Therapy and the place of exposure techniques.- Interoceptive exposire.- The role of anxiety control strategies in imaginal exposure.- Variants of exposure in body dysmorphic disorder and hypochondriasis.- Prolonged imaginal exposure based on worry scenarios.- How much therapist is needed? New findings in exposure treatment of panic disorder with agoraphobia.- Exposure therapy for anxiety disorders-Is there room for cognitive interventions?.- Safety first? Trauma exposure in PTSD.- Is there room for safety behaviors in exposure therapy for anxiety disorders.- Exposure therapy in OCD: Is there a need for adding cognitive elements?.

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