CBT for Appearance Anxiety: Psychosocial Interventions for by Alex Clarke

By Alex Clarke

This scientific handbook presents a CBT-based psychosocial intervention to be used with participants distressed approximately their visual appeal because of a disfigurement from start, coincidence or sickness, or these dealing with one other seen difference.


  • Contains a wealth of case fabric with particular relevance to actual medical conditions that impact visual appeal, useful recommendation on review, and session-by-session information for addressing universal issues
  • Written through prime lecturers and clinicians operating within the administration of disfigurement and rational visual appeal anxiety
  • Uses a versatile stepped-care version that permits to be used via skilled CBT practitioners besides these wishing to bring a extra simple mental intervention
  • Identifies the mental components excited about visual appeal anxiousness whereas additionally addressing the sensible matters of residing with a visual distinction, reminiscent of dealing with the reactions of others

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Level of intervention Description Example of intervention Health professional background Level 1 Permission Sensitive exploration of psychosocial concerns Level 2 Limited information Level 3 Specific suggestions or interventions Written information, recommended websites and contact details for support groups. Answering basic questions about visible difference Social skills training, dealing with staring, comments and questions. Managing social situations proactively All health practitioners including General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, and Psychological Well Being Practitioners (PWPs) and professional health care helplines.

Behavioural Approaches: Fear Avoidance and Social Skills Training In response to the King’s Cross Fire in 1989, the charity Changing Faces was launched by James Partridge, whose experience of his own burn injury had led him to the conclusion that modifying his own behaviour was the best way of influencing the thoughts and behaviour of other people. In summarizing this, Partridge described a negative feedback loop in which an aggressive or uncertain response to negative behaviour from the observer resulted in unsuccessful social encounters marked by social avoidance.

Indeed many people are referred for ‘scar removal’. Information is often drawn from reality television shows and magazines. , 2003). Therefore, despite advice to 12 CBT for Appearance Anxiety ­ iscuss plastic and reconstructive procedures with a primary care physician (Department of Health, d 2007), these may be a source of misinformation. For this reason, many potential clients can be angry or disappointed since they have identified a solution to their problem that is impossible to provide. Some people also present after surgery that has failed to meet expectations for the same reasons, or that has resulted in unexpected changes in their appearance.

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