Here are reviews from clients who have recovered and are now free from their anxiety disorders (Names have been changed for confidentiality).
"Going to see Shirley was the best decision I ever made! I was so limited by what I could not do...such as drive and elevators to name a couple of my phobias. Now I am able to go to my work (located on the 8th floor!) and I am able to drive freely where and when I want without fear getting in my way. I recommend Shirley Babior as the last therapist you need to address your anxiety and panic."
Paula T.,LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor)
"I saw Shirley Babior at one of my most difficult times when anxiety and depression were kind of paralyzing my life and emotions. I felt I had no control over my emotions and body. My anxiety would manifest itself physically where I would have trouble swallowing and being able to eat, especially in social sitations. Through therapy with Shirley, I learned how to not let my anxiety snowball itself. I got control of my anxiety. I have also learned to be less critical of myself. I no longer feel tightness in my throat and am relaxed when I go out. It's a very relieving feeling to know you are able to get over something you thought was permanent."
"If someone asked me what I thought about Shirley, I could honestly say that deciding to meet with Shirley was one of the most beneficial decisions of my life. It has done so much for me, my happiness, and my confidence. Before starting therapy, I would never, ever have thought that I could speak in public, even speaking up in a small group of friends made my heart pound and throat close. Today, I can get up in front of a group of 60 people and speak and not get overwhelmed by my anxiety or a panic attack. I don't beat myself up after a social event, or go over all the imagined mistakes I made. It's amazing, and I know that there is no way I could have done it without Shirley's help. I've read self-help books on cognitive therapy for years, and they've helped, but sometimes you need a voice outside of your head to help you and encourage you to grow. Change is not easy, but for me, it was worth every minute to get where I am today. Thank you so much for what you do, Shirley."
"Shirley Babior helped me feel very open and comfortable when we first met. She really listens and was very knowledgeable about how to help me with my anxiety at work. She gave me techniques for working with individuals causing me enormous stress. I can use what I learned in my 3 appointments with her for the rest of my life."
Here are reviews of my self-help book, therapists' manual for leading groups for members with anxiety disorders, and my recovery program -- (10 CD recordings and handouts for help with anxiety disorders, coordinated to use with my self-help book, and calm down CD)
"Babior and Goldman have written a book that is quite valuable for the very many patients who ask the treating physician for guidance in contributing to their own treatment.... The book has This book will certainly help the very many patients who want to take an active role in their own treatment."
Rodrigo A. Munoz, M.D.
Former President, American Psychiatric Association
"Most patients with anxiety disorders are treated by primary care physicians, not psychotherapists. At last here is an excellent book we can recommend to reinforce therapy and help patients help themselves."
Maurice Martin, M.D.
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School
"Babior and Goldman's book explains plainly and in clear English how to understand and deal with these disorders. It encourages patients to look at their disorders in hopeful terms and gives them practical strategies. This is truly a remarkable self-help book. "
Joel L.Becker, Ph.D
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA Medical Center
"This book is a great resource. It was comforting to find out I was not alone and that there are practical solutions to rid myself of unnecessary fear. I plan to give copies to friends and co-workers suffering from similar problems. This book is a must first step to regaining control of your life."
"I'm calling from Orly Airport in France to let you know that I've landed successfully by facing my fear. Flying has been a real source of anxiety for years. I've tried to use a number of materials and therapies before. Your book was the first with real common sense and also a disciplined yet nurturing approach to anxiety and overcoming the fear. Thank you for writing such a terrific book."
"My number one resource for symptom reduction; comprehensive yet succinct, an invaluable daily reference for long-term recovery from all anxiety disorders."
Julie Britz, MSW
Harvard Community Health Plan
"For someone who does not have access to professional help, this little book is a way to provide oneself with up-to-date treatment in one's own home. Or, if you live in a town where you have access to cognitive behavioral therapists, or even traditional therapists, you could take this book in with you and ask that the therapist go through the chapters with you and use the techniques in the book to do the cognitive behavioral work you need to do in order to recover."
Cyma J. Siegel. R.N.
"Having suffered serious panic attacks, I personally recommend this book because of its easy to understand explanations, practical soltions, and positive outlook. A therapist gave me a copy and now I pass them out to other mental health professionals."
"I have adopted `Working with Groups to Overcome Panic, Anxiety and Phobias' and `Overcoming Panic, Anxiety & Phobias' as required texts. Written in simple, straightforward language, these books are helpful to the practitioners as well as to the suffere."
Dean, Depts of Counseling Psychology and Family Communications, Westbrook University
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