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About Bridget Flynn Walker PhD
Dr. Bridget Walker is goal-oriented person who appreciates how important it is to enjoy life. After finishing her doctorate in clinical psychology and practicing general talk therapy for several years, she found herself wondering if and how she was helping her patients. Like many mental health professionals, she was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy which concerns itself with uncovering unconscious wishes, fears, impulses, etc. and posits that childhood experiences and relationships with parents shape a person’s being and any psychopathology from which they suffer.
A pragmatist at heart, she didn’t see results in her patients that she had hoped for. She especially felt completely unable to help the many anxious patients who presented for treatment. Given that most children and adults come to therapy for anxiety problems, this was an unacceptable predicament. She sometimes felt like she was a paid source of support, rather than a professional who could truly help people overcome their anxiety.
Everything changed in Dr. Walker’s career when she learned about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed extensive re-training in CBT with a focus on anxiety disorders. For the past 15 years she has helped hundreds of children and adults overcome distressing and debilitating anxiety disorders with CBT. CBT is the most researched psychotherapy modality in existence and is now backed by thousands of clinical trails proving its efficacy in treating individuals of all ages.
This pragmatist with a Ph.D. now felt that she could deliver powerfully effective treatment strategies to those who needed it. Years of practice helping anxious children and their family’s regain their lives have been gratifying beyond measure. The problem she now faced was a sense of responsibility to help the many children who receive no or inappropriate treatment for their anxiety problems.
Dr. Walker prides herself in staying abreast of the many advances in CBT that are achieved each year. Thousands of brilliant researchers work hard to enable CBT therapists to improve on what is already the gold standard of effective treatment of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety Relief for Kids teaches parents and children how to conquer anxiety using the most up-to-date evidence-based strategies of CBT available in a friendly, accessible manner.
When Dr. Walker isn’t helping anxious children and adults or writing about it, she focuses on raising her sons, trying to be a good partner to her husband of 27 years, being a good friend and riding dressage competitively at the upper levels. Riding her horse, Ari and being in the company of her two dogs, Nico and Pippa is her therapy-keeps her happy, fit and satisfies her love of animals.
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“Just what the doctor ordered! A clear, concise, and practical guide to help parents help their children master their anxieties.”
—Laurel J. Schultz, MD, MPH, community pediatrician at Golden Gate Pediatrics
If you have a child with anxiety, you need quick, in-the-moment solutions you can easily use now to help your child face their fears and worries. Written by a psychologist and expert in childhood anxiety, this easy-to-use guide offers proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure skills you can use at home, in social settings, or anywhere anxiety takes hold.
Anxiety Relief for Kids provides quick solutions based in evidence-based CBT and exposure therapy—two of the most effective treatments for anxiety disorders. You’ll find a background and explanation of the different types of anxiety disorders, in case you aren’t sure whether or not your child has one. You’ll also learn to identify your child’s avoidant and safety behaviors—the strategies your child uses to cope with their anxiety, such as repeatedly checking their homework or asking the same questions repeatedly—as well as anxiety triggers that set your child off.
With this book, you’ll find a wealth of information regarding your child’s specific anxiety disorder and how to respond to it. For example, if your child has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the skills you use to help them are different than other anxiety disorders. No matter your child’s specific symptoms or diagnosis, you’ll discover tailored interventions you can use now to help your child thrive.
If your child has an anxiety disorder, simple, everyday activities can be a real challenge. The practical solutions in this book will help you deal with your child’s anxiety when it happens and restore balance and order to both your lives.
What readers are saying:
“I was surprised to learn how much of what I was doing as a parent was exacerbating (and not helping) our son's anxiety.” — Kath
“This book does such a great job of explaining what anxiety is, the range of ways it can show up in kids (and/or adults) and how you can get it under control. ... The guidance laid out is priceless and will be beneficial to anyone suffering from anxiety.” — Jennifer
“This is a very practical and informative book that will guide parents in helping their children suffering from anxiety or worry. ... Cognitive behavioral therapy is the backbone of Dr. Walker's approach and she makes the approach clear and accessible to non-professionals. A great addition to any parent’s bookshelf!” — Michael
This book has been selected as an Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Recommendation— an honor bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.
A simple, five-step program to overcome the social anxiety standing between you and a happier, more confident life
Do you worry about what others think of you? Does fear of being judged trigger intense anxiety? If you’re one of millions of teens suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD), you know how it feels to miss out on life because you’re avoiding people or situations that you feel like you just can’t deal with. The good news is there is a way to free yourself from the fear and uncertainty keeping you from the rich and fulfilling life you deserve.
Social Anxiety Relief for Teens offers a simple, five-step cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program to help you stop your fears and worries from getting the best of you. You’ll learn to recognize your triggers and identify the unhelpful behaviors you use to try to cope with or avoid them now. Then you’ll discover ways to slowly and gently challenge yourself to face anxiety-inducing situations, until you gradually increase your comfort levels. Finally, you’ll develop the skills you need to build on your progress and work toward mastering your anxiety.
If you’re ready to break free from social anxiety and build the self-confidence you’ll need to reach your goals, this book will give you the boost you need to get there.
In these increasingly challenging times, teens need mental health resources more than ever. With more than 1.6 million copies sold worldwide, Instant Help Books for teens are easy to use, proven-effective, and recommended by therapists.