Nejad and Volny have approached the treatment of stress and anxiety through the eyes of a generic therapist. This book provides a simple 'off the shelf' reference guide and tool kit for practitioners from all modalities and professional backgrounds who work with clients experiencing anxiety and stress. The authors elegantly weave their way through a range of different approaches, all of which are underpinned through the empirical evidence base of cognitive behavioural therapy, and at the same time stay sufficiently generic in their language to ensure that all modalities are respected.
The evidence base presented is predominantly CBT, and the authors effectively balance referencing with what is in essence a 'how to' guide for managing stress and anxiety. Practitioners seeking a more comprehensive review of evidence base for psychological therapies may be frustrated by the lack of research critique.
In providing a comprehensive and holistic review, therapists within the wider modalities of psychotherapy and counselling, as well as nurses, doctors, and social workers, will find the approaches outlined in this book an effective adjunct to their own theoretical stance. Particularly helpful within the book is the accessible range of definitions that therapists might use to linguistically represent their service to the public, the health service or other purchasers of clinical care. The book provides a refreshing inclusion of strategies for self management of these potentially disabling and restrictive conditions, enabling an effective client/therapist partnership.
For therapists who wish to complement their work with this particular client group, the handouts, reference guides, worksheets and tips will provide a user friendly tool kit that can be used with clients, as well as a potential training resource.