Kate Thieda, MS, LPCA, is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor who serves as an outpatient psychotherapist at Duke University. She is the creator of the blog "Partners in Wellness," on the award-winning website PsychCentral.com. The blog is targeted to partners of those who have mental illness.
"For the person whose loved one has anxiety, or for the person
with anxiety himself or herself, Kate N. Thieda's book is practical
and solution-oriented. Especially reassuring is that the author
blames no one, nor does she claim to teach the reader how to 'fix'
anyone. She offers both understanding of the anxious behavior and
tools to change one's response to it."
--Kristi Webb, PsyD, licensed psychologist, DBT therapist, and a specialist in depression, anxiety, and trauma
"This is a very easy-to-read book that provides a clear
understanding of the ways that anxiety affects relationships. As
Kate N. Thieda points out, good communication is critical in any
successful relationship--and especially one that is hampered by
anxiety. This book presents readers with important information on
how to use effective communication strategies and other techniques
for improving relationships impacted by these problems."
--Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, ABPP, professor and associate chair of psychology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic
"Countless clients with anxiety ask about a book that will teach
their partners about anxiety and offer suggestions for how to help.
At last, this is that book! With compassion and practicality, the
author offers an understanding of how anxiety impacts a
relationship, as well as excellent strategies for how to tackle
anxiety and stay strong as a couple. This is a must-get book for
anyone loving someone with anxiety."
--Annette R. Perot, PhD, licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders
"A must-read for partners living with a love one experiencing
any form of anxiety! Through both partners' eyes, Thieda provides
robust and engaging content on the common thought patterns,
reactions, and behaviors creating anxiety, along with reflective
questions, exercises, interpersonal tools, and strategies for
supporting loved ones. She skillfully incorporates mindfulness
strategies (including affirmation and self-care) as enhancing
practices for living in the present moment, dissolving anxiety, and
promoting inner calmness. Kate's book is chock-full of helpful
examples, insights, and resources for both partners!"
--Judith C. Holder, PhD, director at Duke Occupational Mental Health Programs, leadership and life coach-consultant, and author of Mastering Life's Adventures: On the Beam
"As an anxiety disorder specialist, I frequently see my clients'
loved ones at their wits' end--not knowing what to do, how to help,
or how to cope. If your loved one suffers from anxiety, I strongly
encourage you to read this book."
--Julie Pike, PhD, licensed psychologist and expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders