The Anxious Thoughts Workbook: Skills to Overcome the Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts that Drive Anxiety, Obsessions, and Depression by David A. Clark

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David A. Clark is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Canada. The Anxious Thoughts Workbook: Skills to Overcome the Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts that Drive Anxiety, Obsessions, and Depression was released in March 2018. Learn more about the author, his book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

David A. Clark taught, conducted research and trained dozens of graduate students for more than 25 years in clinical psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. For over a decade he was Director of the Clinical Training Program, providing leadership in the development and eventual accreditation of their doctoral program in clinical psychology.

After receiving a PhD in psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, UK in 1984, he obtained further training in cognitive therapy under Aaron T. Beck, MD. Over the past 30 years he has trained dozens of students in cognitive behavior therapy and offered clinical skills workshops to hundreds of mental health professional worldwide.

His research focuses on vulnerability, cognitive factors, assessment and treatment of depression and anxiety, especially obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This funded work, often in collaboration with colleagues, has resulted in numerous books, scientific publications, and conference presentations.

As a supervisor and certified trainer in cognitive behavior therapy with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavior Therapies, he is also a practicing clinical psychologist with a private practice specializing in the treatment of adults with anxiety, depression or stress-related conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Let’s discover now his latest book to date, The Anxious Thoughts Workbook: Skills to Overcome the Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts that Drive Anxiety, Obsessions, and Depression, out in March 2018.


Are your thoughts getting in the way of living your life? Based in cutting-edge neuroscience and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this important workbook will help you regain control from unwanted thoughts and get back to the things that matter.

Do you have unwanted, disturbing, upsetting, or weird thoughts that you just can’t seem to shake? Violent or sexual thoughts that cause you to feel ashamed, anxious, or depressed? Maybe you think they mean something about you—and that thought scares you even more. While you may not be able to shut your thoughts off permanently, you can gain distance from them and improve your life. This step-by-step guide will show you how.

In The Anxious Thoughts Workbook, renowned psychologist David A. Clark presents a targeted, transdiagnostic approach to help you move past unwanted mental intrusions. You’ll learn how to change the destructive patterns responsible for the persistence of anxious and depressive thinking, and strip these upsetting thoughts of their meaning—a process Clark refers to as “detoxing.” Finally, you’ll learn to manage the feelings of shame that can accompany these thoughts.

Are you ready to move past your thoughts and start focusing on more important things? If so, the proven-effective techniques in this workbook will help you get started.

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  1. Firstly, it’s a book meant for non-specialists as well as specialists. It’s easy to apply and very effective. David A. Clark brings us an exclusive and very positive approach to tricky problems, with true solutions. It’s the first time I read a book devoted to ruminative thoughts of any kinds, and only to that, which makes me say that Clark is the only therapist to try and bring concrete solutions to obsessional thoughts and depression which are different from what we generally see. I definitely recommend this book to patients, therapists or any person interested in the subject.

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