Chapter 4. Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Phobias: A Review

  1. Mario Maj2,
  2. Hagop S. Akiskal3,
  3. Juan José López-Ibor4 and
  4. Ahmed Okasha5
  1. David H. Barlow,
  2. David A. Moscovitch and
  3. Jamie A. Micco

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470014113.ch4

Phobias, Volume 7

Phobias, Volume 7

How to Cite

Barlow, D. H., Moscovitch, D. A. and Micco, J. A. (2004) Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Phobias: A Review, in Phobias, Volume 7 (eds M. Maj, H. S. Akiskal, J. J. López-Ibor and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470014113.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Naples, Italy

  2. 3

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  3. 4

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, 648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215-2002, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 16 MAR 2004

Book Series:

  1. WPA Series

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470858332

Online ISBN: 9780470014110



  • psychotherapeutic interventions;
  • panic control treatment (PCT);
  • cognitive-behavioural approaches


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Agoraphobia and Panic

  • Social Phobia

  • Specific Phobia

  • General Summary

  • References

This chapter also contains the following commentaries:

  • Phobias: A Suitable Case for Treatment. Authored by Anthony D. Roth

  • Cognitive-behavioural Interventions for Phobias: What Works for Whom and When. Authored by Richard G. Heimberg and James P. Hambrick

  • Practical Comments on Exposure Therapy. Authored by Matig R. Mavissakalian

  • The Treatment of Phobic Disorders: Is Exposure Still the Treatment of Choice? Authored by Paul M.G. Emmelkamp

  • “Behavioural Experimentation” and the Treatment of Phobias. Authored by Yiannis G. Papakostas, Vasilios G. Masdrakis and George N. Christodoulou

  • Evaluating the Durability of Cognitive-behavioural Therapy. Authored by Eberhard H. Uhlenhuth, Deepa Nadiga and Paula Hensley

  • Some Comments on Psychological Treatment of Phobias. Authored by Lars-Göran Öst

  • Pushing the Envelope on Treatments for Phobia. Authored by Michael J. Telch

  • Treatment of Phobic Disorders from a Public Health Perspective. Authored by Ronald M. Rapee

  • Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Phobia: A Psychoanalytic-attachment Perspective. Authored by Jeremy Holmes

  • Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Phobias: A Perspective from Latin America. Authored by Flávio Kapczinski