38. Transdiagnostic CBT for Anxiety Disorders

  1. Paul Emmelkamp2 and
  2. Thomas Ehring3
  1. Terri L. Barrera,
  2. Angela H. Smith and
  3. Peter J. Norton

Published Online: 4 APR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118775349.ch38

The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders

The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders

How to Cite

Barrera, T. L., Smith, A. H. and Norton, P. J. (2014) Transdiagnostic CBT for Anxiety Disorders, in The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders (eds P. Emmelkamp and T. Ehring), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118775349.ch38

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Münster, Germany

Author Information

  1. University of Houston

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 APR 2014
  2. Published Print: 24 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118775356

Online ISBN: 9781118775349



  • anxiety disorders;
  • biological vulnerabilities;
  • cognitive-behavioral treatments;
  • transdiagnostic anxiety treatments;
  • transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)


In the most recent publication, DSM-IV-TR, 12 distinct diagnoses are listed under the heading of anxiety disorders. Evidence from multiple realms supports the assertion that anxiety disorders are not distinct pathological entities, but are manifestations of a homogeneous construct. This chapter provides an overview of the theoretical and practical considerations that have led to increased interest in transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety. It discusses points that support the presence of a core pathology across anxiety disorders, which includes common biological and psychological vulnerabilities among disorders as well as comorbidity between disorders. Norton and colleagues conducted two randomized controlled trials comparing transdiagnostic anxiety treatments to established active treatment conditions. The chapter reviews the treatment outcomes of these studies, while examining the empirical support for transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) treatments for anxiety.