Blending therapies improves treatment of severe anxiety

Posted on March 23, 2016

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Motivating willingness to change is important in treating a person with severe worry. For this, integrating motivational interviewing (MI) techniques into the commonly practised cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the ideal option, a study led by a York University researcher reveals.

"Our research shows that therapists need to have two sets of skills - to help people become ready for change, and then to help them accomplish that change," says Dr. Henny Westra, a psychology professor in the Faculty of Health at York U. "The study results suggest that integrating motivational interviewing (MI) with CBT is more effective than CBT alone for long-term improvement."

According to Dr. Antony, "this study highlights the importance of studying the long term impact of our treatments, as the enhanced improvements seen in people who received the integrated MI and CBT treatment were greatest sometime after treatment had ended."


Category(s):Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Source material from York University, Canada


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