The Anti-Anxiety Program. A Workbook of Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Panic, and Phobias. Second edition


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A lifeline for anxiety sufferers, this expertly crafted workbook has been revised and updated to be even more user-friendly. Readers discover a new sense of freedom as they work through this comprehensive program grounded in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). Step by step, the book provides skills for changing anxiety-provoking ways of thinking and for confronting feared situations safely and gradually. Updated with over a decades worth of research advances, the second edition includes more detailed instructions for customizing the program, extra support for staying motivated, vivid stories that run throughout the book, new separate chapters on relaxation and mindfulness, and downloadable audio recordings. The large-size format makes it easy to fill in the worksheets; readers can download and print additional copies as needed.


  • Introduction: The Faces of Anxiety
  • I. The Prep
  • 1. Anxiety: The Big Picture
  • 2. Getting to Know Your Anxiety
  • 3. Getting Ready for the Program
  • 4. Setting Goals and Planning Your Program
  • II. The Core Program
  • 5. Identifying Thinking Patterns That Contribute to Anxiety
  • 6. Changing Thinking Patterns by Evaluating the Evidence
  • 7. Changing Thinking Patterns by Taking Action
  • 8. Introduction to Confronting Your Fears
  • 9. Confronting Feared Objects and Situations
  • 10. Confronting Scary Thoughts, Memories, Images, Urges, and Uncertainty
  • 11. Confronting Frightening Feelings and Sensations
  • III. Additional Strategies
  • 12. Learning to Relax
  • 13. Mindfulness: Learning to Accept Unwanted Experiences
  • Conclusion: Living without Anxiety
  • Resources

Author Bio:

Peter J. Norton, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the FEAR Clinic at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Norton is an internationally recognized researcher and developer of transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioural therapy for emotional disorders. He has authored numerous research studies; has delivered many presentations and workshops for the scientific community, therapists, and the general public; and sits on the editorial boards of two scientific journals. He is a recipient of the Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Outstanding Contribution to Professional Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the APA), among other honours.

Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was founding director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The recipient of career awards from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Dr. Antony is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has served as president of the CPA and the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies. He has published over 30 books and 275 scientific articles and book chapters on cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychological assessment, anxiety disorders, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and perfectionism.