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Keywords:

  • acceptance and commitment therapy;
  • anxiety disorders;
  • cognitive behavioral therapy;
  • meditation;
  • 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.