Solution Focused Anxiety Management

A Treatment and Training Manual


  • Ellen Quick, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, CA, USA

Solution Focused Anxiety Management provides the clinician with evidence-based techniques to help clients manage anxiety. Cognitive behavioral and strategic tools, acceptance-based ideas, and mindfulness are introduced from a solution-focused perspective and tailored to client strengths and preferences.

The book presents the conceptual foundation, methods, and attitudes of a solution-focused approach. Case examples illustrate how to transform anxiety into the "Four Cs" (courage, coping, appropriate caution and choice). Readers learn how to utilize solution focused anxiety management in single-session, brief, and intermittent therapy as well as in a class setting.

The book additionally includes all materials needed for teaching solution focused anxiety management in a four-session psychoeducational class: complete instructor notes, learner readings, and companion online materials.

Special Features:

  • Focuses on what works in anxiety management
  • Presents evidenced based techniques from a solution-focused perspective
  • Increases effectiveness by utilizing client strengths and preferences
  • Describes applications in single session, brief, and intermittent therapy
  • Supplies forms and worksheets for the therapist to use in practice
  • Features clinically rich case examples
  • Supplements text with online companion material
  • Suitable for use as a treatment manual, reference, or course text

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Clinical psychologists and psychologists in training.


Book information

  • Published: March 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-394421-4


"With the approach described here, clients can enjoy some relief from anxiety right away. Quick explains theory and methods of a solution-focused approach to anxiety management and provides instructor notes and client readings for teaching the approach in a four-session class."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013
"This excellent book offers ideas that are practical, effective, efficient, and encouraging.  I strongly recommend it to everyone - clients and clinicians - who want to better manage (and reduce) anxiety."--Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D., author of Brief Psychotherapies:  Principles and Practices and editor of Therapist Stories of Inspiration, Passion, and Renewal:  What’s Love Got To Do With It?
"Should you buy or buy into this book on Solution Focused Anxiety Management? Well, "You can-and you don’t have to." This is a core message of this user-friendly, four-session anxiety management guidebook. This solution focused approach to anxiety takes the pressure off of the idea that clients have to eliminate rather than simply manage anxiety. Clients and therapists will learn to tap into their own courage, coping, and appropriate caution and then choose to move forward in their own unique ways. This is an excellent integration of a range of potential tools offered to clients in a very non-threatening four-session class format. It takes the pressure off of rigid compliance with so-called evidence-based formats, and reduces clients’ common wish to entirely eliminate their anxiety. Its "leading from behind" position of finding what works for clients and amplifying those strengths is balanced by how it introduces new options and frames that have often been found to work for others.
As in Ellen Quick’s other popular work, Doing What Works In Brief Therapy, this book offers another very practical, down-to-earth, user-friendly and immediately adaptable model for effective integrative practice. I can easily imagine how this brief group format will fit into my own work in a community mental health center struggling to address how to integrate best practices into a flexible format for a broad range of clients. I will heartily recommend this book to others who, of course, "can-but don’t have to" try it out in their own work."--
J. Scott Fraser, Ph.D., Professor, School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Table of Contents


Chapter One: What Is Solution Focused Anxiety Management, and How Is It Different from Other Approaches?

Chapter Two: Conducting a Solution Focused Anxiety Management Class: "The Nuts and the Bolts"

Chapter Three: Instructor Notes for Topic One: Physical Reactions and Coping Techniques

Chapter Four: Instructor Notes for Topic Two: Behavioral Techniques

Chapter Five: Instructor Notes for Topic Three: Thinking Techniques

Chapter Six: Instructor Notes for Topic Four: Life Issues and Anxiety

Chapter Seven: Solution Focused Anxiety Management and Individual Therapy

Chapter Eight: Appropriate Caution as an Ingredient of the Solution

Chapter Nine: Perspectives from the Solution-focused Community

Chapter Ten: Concluding Questions: What Creates Change in Solution Focused Anxiety Management, and How Can We Do More of It?

Appendix A: Learner Readings for Topic One: Physical Reactions and Coping Techniques

Appendix B: Learner Readings for Topic Two: Behavioral Techniques

Appendix C: Learner Readings for Topic Three: Thinking Techniques

Appendix D: Learner Readings for Topic Four: Life Issues and Anxiety