Effective protocols save time, increase the probability of obtaining good results, make it easier to train and supervise new therapists, and satisfy the needs of third parties to know that the proposed treatment follows the best available practices. Each protocol each presents a consistent format and organization; a detailed session-by-session treatment program that includes worksheets, homework assignments, in-session treatment exercises, and didactic material; specific assessment measures - both for the target disorder and for the overall treatment program; a treatment plan summary for managed care requirements. A 12-16 session treatment therapist protocol for individual adults experiencing agoraphobia and panic disorder. Treatment interventions include psychoeducation, breathing retraining, cognitive restructuring, interceptive exposure, in vivo exposure, and relapse prevention. About the Authors Elke Zuercher-White, Ph.D., is a psychologist certified in group psychotherapy by the American Group Psychotherapy Association and in psycho social treatment of panic disorder by Psychosocial Therapeutic Systems. She is a pioneer in the use of group therapy to treat panic disorder and has given numerous addresses and training workshops throughout North and South America. She has been on the staff of the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Group since 1981.
About the Author
Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.
Elke Zuercher-White, PhD received her degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and has been specializing in anxiety disorders for over fifteen years. She is certified in the psychosocial treatment of panic disorder by Psychosocial Therapeutic Systems and in group psychotherapy by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists (affiliated with the American Group Psychotherapy Association). She is a pioneer in the use of group therapy to treat panic disorder and has given numerous addresses and training workshops on anxiety disorders throughout North and South America.
She has been on the staff of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group since 1981 and maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of An End to Panic and The Agoraphobia Workbook.