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(p. 674) Treating Anxiety Disorders 

(p. 674) Treating Anxiety Disorders
(p. 674) Treating Anxiety Disorders

Sally Winston

and Steven Shearer

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date: 12 July 2020

Specializing in anxiety disorders and the obsessive-compulsive spectrum can be a route to a successful group niche practice. This chapter describes the evolution of a practice model that emerged in the context of advances in treatment, from the time of earliest attempts to treat panic and agoraphobia with Claire Weekes’ acceptance-based model to current integrative models. The authors often see rapid improvement among many who have struggled with anxiety for decades, despite traditional psychotherapy and/or medications, before seeking specialists. This chapter provides guidance on how to develop this niche area of practice, the education and training needed, the joys and challenges of this niche area of practice, and business aspects of this type of practice. A list of resources is provided for practitioners interested in developing expertise in this area of practice.

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