Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 69–70 | Cite as

David H. Barlow, Todd J. Farchione, Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Heather Murray Latin, Kristen K. Ellard, Jacqueline R. Bullis, Kate H. Bentley, Hannah T. Boettcher, Clair Cassiello-Robbins: Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders

Oxford University Press, 2nd Ed., 2018, 190 pp, 6 Tables, 2 Figures, $44.95
  • Lawrence P. RisoEmail author
Book Review

This volume is a treatment manual for the unified protocol (UP), a cognitive-behavioral approach for the treatment of “emotional disorders”. The authors’ use of the term emotional disorders includes disorders with anxiety as their core (e.g., panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder) along with depressive disorders. The protocol is also thought to be appropriate for health anxiety and substance use problems when these problems occur in the context of significant anxiety and/or depression. The UP may even be of some use for eating disorders and borderline personality disorder. Common to all of these conditions, according to the authors, is the belief that one’s emotions are out of control and maladaptive responses to negative emotion (e.g., avoidance). Although the UP can be applied to a wide array of conditions, it is not recommended for uncomplicated specific phobia for which more...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern VirginiaArlingtonUSA

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