Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Anxiety Disorders: Two Approaches With Much to Offer
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
© 2008 American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 296–298, December 2008
How to Cite
Heimberg, R. G. and Ritter, M. R. (2008), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Anxiety Disorders: Two Approaches With Much to Offer. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 15: 296–298. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2008.00140.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Received January 14, 2008; accepted January 27, 2008.
- acceptance and commitment therapy;
- anxiety disorders;
- cognitive behavioral therapy;
- treatment mechanisms
Arch and Craske (2008) examine the similarities and differences between cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy for the anxiety disorders and suggest that the two treatment approaches have as many similarities as differences. We agree and believe that there is merit in this conclusion—it brings us together in common purpose and helps move us toward improved approaches to reducing client suffering. Our discussion focuses on the similarities that we think about most positively and the differences of which we should be mindful.