Intensive One-Session Treatment of Specific Phobias

  • Thompson E. Davis III
  • Thomas H. Ollendick
  • Lars-Göran Öst

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Specific Phobia Assessment and Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Muris, Harald Merckelbach
      Pages 3-18
    3. Heather K. Hood, Martin M. Antony
      Pages 19-42
  3. One-Session Treatment for Specific Phobia in Adults and Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Thompson E. Davis III, Thomas H. Ollendick, Erin T. Reuther, Melissa S. Munson
      Pages 97-125
    3. Lena Reuterskiöld, Lars-Göran Öst
      Pages 127-141
    4. Thomas H. Ollendick, V. Cristian Sirbu
      Pages 143-157
  4. Special Topics on the Intensive Treatment of Specific Phobias

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Brittany M. Rudy, Thompson E. Davis III
      Pages 177-193
    3. Kate B. Wolitzky-Taylor, Megan A. Viar-Paxton, Bunmi O. Olatunji
      Pages 195-208
    4. Thompson. E. Davis III, Whitney S. Jenkins, Brittany M. Rudy
      Pages 209-226
    5. Lynn D. Miller, Cidalia Silva, Stéphane Bouchard, Claude Bélanger, Terry Taucer-Samson
      Pages 227-251
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 244-244

About this book


Whether it’s dogs, spiders, blood, heights or some other fear, specific phobias are one of the most prevalent mental health problems, affecting as many as one in eight people. In recent years, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has emerged as particularly effective in treating young people and adults with specific phobias. And of these methods, one-session treatment stands out as a long-lasting, cost-effective intervention of choice.

Intensive One-Session Treatment of Specific Phobias not only provides a summary of the evidence base, it also serves as a practical reference and training guide. This concise volume examines the phenomenology, epidemiology, and etiology of phobias, laying the groundwork for subsequent discussion of assessment strategies, empirically sound one-session treatment methods, and special topics. In addition, expert contributors address challenges common to exposure therapy, offer age-appropriate guidelines for treating young clients, and describe innovative computer-assisted techniques.

Organized to be read individually or in sequence, chapters delve into key areas, including:

  • Evidence-based assessment and treatment of specific phobias in children, adolescents, and adults.
  • One-session treatment theory and practice with children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Handling difficult cases of specific phobias in youth.
  • Interventions for specific phobias in special populations.
  • Training and assessing therapists in one-session treatment.
  • Ethical issues in considering exposure.

Intensive One-Session Treatment of Specific Phobias is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians, and graduate students in child, school, clinical, and counseling psychology; social work; and general and special education.


Anxiety disorders Assessment Autism spectrum disorders Behavioral assessment CBT Cognitive behavioral therapy Developmental disorders Diagnostic criteria Ethical issues Evidence-based practice Exposure therapy Fear hierarchy Functional assessment Intellectual disabilities OST One-session treatment Phobia Prevention Treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Thompson E. Davis III
    • 1
  • Thomas H. Ollendick
    • 2
  • Lars-Göran Öst
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Child Study Center, Department of PsychologyVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Dept. PsychologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3252-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3253-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-922X
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-9238
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