The Big Book of Exposures


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Kristen S. Springer, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts. She earned her doctoral degree from the
University of Florida, and completed her postdoctoral clinical and research training at the Anxiety Disorders Center and
the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. She continued
working at the Anxiety Disorders Center as a staff psychologist before opening her private practice in Concord,
Massachusetts where she specialises in the assessment and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. She has authored several book chapters and scientific journal articles in the fields of anxiety, hoarding, OCD and chronic pain. David F. Tolin, PhD, ABPP, is the founder and director of the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. He is adjunct professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and maintains a private practice in the greater Hartford area. Tolin has authored more than 150 scientific journal articles, as well as the books Face Your Fears: A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Obsessions and Doing CBT: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Behaviors, Thoughts, and Emotions.


"Confronting feared situations is among the most powerful approaches to treating anxiety and related disorders. This well-written, accessible book is filled with practical tips for conducting exposure therapy for the most common anxiety-related problems. This book will even help therapists to overcome their own apprehension about using exposure therapy, by addressing frequently occurring misconceptions and myths concerning exposure."
--Sir Read a Lot review-- "Sir Read a Lot" (10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM)

"The Big Book of Exposures is a cornucopia of creative and effective exposure strategies for a range of anxiety disorders. The authors have cataloged hundreds of simple and effective exposures that they've tested in their own clinical practices. The exposures worked for them, and will work for you. If you're in search of thoughtful guidance on designing and implementing exposures, add this book to your bookshelf. You won't regret it."
--Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP, codirector of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy; assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley; and author of Anxiety and Avoidance--Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

"Drawing from their extensive clinical experience and research expertise, Springer and Tolin have created an invaluable resource for both beginner and advanced clinicians who use, or who would like to use, exposure therapy in their practice. This practical guide is packed with evidence-informed, innovative recommendations for designing in vivo, interoceptive, and imaginal exposures for children and adults with a range of anxiety and related disorders. A 'must-read' for clinicians looking to expand their repertoire of clinical skills."
--Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, professor of psychology at Suffolk University, and coauthor of The Mindful Way through Anxiety--Susan M. Orsillo, PhD

"Exposure therapy--helping patients therapeutically face their fears--is the most effective intervention for treating clinical fear and anxiety, and Springer and Tolin have amassed a comprehensive, practical guide to using this technique. Complete with loads of creative exposure ideas and suggestions, this book is a must for any clinician working with anxious and fearful individuals."
--Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, professor of psychology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of Getting Over OCD--Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD

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