Childhood Anxiety Disorders

Ashley J. Smith and Amy M. Jacobsen

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Anxiety disorders affect almost 20 percent of youth at any point in time. Recognizing symptoms, accurately diagnosing, and providing effective intervention are imperative because untreated anxiety disorders are associated with significant comorbidities and functional impairment. Fortunately, there are effective treatments. A discrepancy, however, remains between what practitioners should do and what they actually do. To help bridge this gap, this book offers a practical “how to” guide that synthesizes research, offers clear explanations of the theoretical underpinnings of cognitive behavioral therapy with specific intervention techniques, illustrated by case examples, and addresses critical topics to boost favorable outcomes.

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Ashley J. Smith

Ashley J. Smith earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics before joining Omaha Children’s Hospital to help develop their dedicated anxiety services. She was then a senior staff psychologist at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, P.A. before starting a private practice. She provides evidence-based treatment for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy.

Amy M. Jacobsen

Amy M. Jacobsen received her PhD in clinical psychology from The University of Georgia and completed her fellowship in clinical child psychology at Mayo Clinic. She was a staff psychologist at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, P.A. and held faculty positions at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, and University of Missouri Kansas City. She is currently in private practice offering specialty cognitive behavioral therapy services for anxiety and obsessive compulsive spectrum conditions.