In this powerful book, clinical psychologist and anxiety expert Andrea Umbach presents a proven effective approach to help teens overcome fears and phobias using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Andrea Umbach, PsyD, is passionate about helping individuals face and overcome their fears in order to allow for more functional and anxiety-free living. Umbach has trained under experts in the areas of anxiety, hoarding, and trichotillomania. She practices from a cognitive-behavioral approach focused on increasing flexibility in thinking and making adaptive behavior changes. Umbach enjoys working with kids, teens, and adults in both individual and group formats as well as providing trainings, presentations, and consultations.
"This book takes a clear, honest look at how your phobia is getting
in the way of how you want to live your life. It offers supportive,
sound advice on how to face your fears step-by-step, and gives
readers the tools they need to overcome fears and phobias."
--Jennifer Shannon, MFT, clinical director at the Santa Rosa Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and author of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens
"Andrea Umbach's terrific book takes the research-proven strategies of cognitive behavioral therapy and puts them at your fingertips. Easy-to-use forms and worksheets walk the reader, step-by-step, through the strategies for preparing and implementing an effective antiphobia action plan. I recommend this book for any young person with fears and phobias that get in the way of their life."
--Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, clinical psychologist and president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and author of Getting Over OCD
"Andrea Umbach has successfully crafted a guide to help teens address their anxiety. Based on cognitive behavioral principles, readers will undoubtedly benefit from the clearly described, pragmatic, and well-supported strategies contained within. There is no question that many young people will greatly benefit from reading this engaging text."
--Eric A. Storch, PhD, professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair at the University of South Florida
"In Conquer Your Fears and Phobias for Teens, Andrea Umbach provides teens like yourself with a step-by-step guide for self-directed treatment for a wide range of anxiety-related problems. She'll walk you through the essential components of CBT, including exposure therapy, as well as thinking-related exercises that have also been proven effective. You may find that if you stick with the exercises in this book, you will reduce your anxiety and improve your quality of life. Of course, if you need professional help, you should absolutely get it. But even in that case, Conquer Your Fears and Phobias for Teens can be a great starting point and serve as a basis for your work with a therapist."
--David F. Tolin, PhD, ABPP, director at the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living, adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, and author of Face Your Fears
"If you are a teenager wanting a straightforward way to
challenge your anxiety--this book is for you. If you want to
understand why your teen feels the way they feel--this book is for
you. If [you are a professional who] treats teens with anxiety and
want a guide to using cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and
response prevention--this book is for you. Read it, do the
exercises, and watch your anxiety take a back seat in your
--Patrick B. McGrath, PhD, clinical director at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital's Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders "Anxiety is all-around no fun. But backing away as comfort doesn't work much better. If you want help moving forward [from anxiety], this is your go-to guide. You'll be surprised at how quickly you can put fears and phobias in your rearview mirror as you drive toward your next adventure."
--Reid Wilson, PhD, coauthor of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and Playing with Anxiety