Brief Behavioral Skills: CBT for Anxiety (CBT-A)

In this Brief Behavioral Skills module Drs. Kari Stephens and Patrick Raue provide an overview of Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety (CBT-A). Anxiety is the most treatable and common mental health condition we know of today. Treatments are highly effective and well-studied over many decades. These treatments are also shown to work with complex patients in primary care. However, treating anxiety can require patients to expose themselves to situations that are difficult. This module will walk clinicians through how to approach treating anxiety in a primary care setting. The learning objectives for this module are to:

  • Understand the CBT model of anxiety symptoms
  • Describe how to give the ‘treatment pitch’ to patients, and discuss the difference between treatment with exposure vs. anxiety management strategies
  • Understand how to develop and work on an exposure hierarchy with patients
  • Describe anxiety management strategies that use physical and cognitive approaches



Kari Stephens, PhD
Clinical Psychologist with the University of Washington School of Medicine, a UW Associate Professor of Family Medicine; an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education.

Patrick Raue, PhD
Clinical Psychologist at UWMC-Roosevelt, Associate Director for the University of Washington Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions; Director of the National Network of Problem Solving Treatment Clinicians; Trainers, & Researchers and a UW Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Population Health.


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