Dennis D. Tirch, PhD, is associate director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, founder and director of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and serves as adjunct assistant clinical professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He is coauthor of books and articles on mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion, and maintains an active research program in these areas with Robert L. Leahy. Tirch is a fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and founding co-president of the New York City chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
Foreword writer Paul Gilbert, PhD, is a professor at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, director of the mental health research unit at Derbyshire Mental Health Trust, founder of compassion-focused therapy, and author of The Compassionate Mind.
"The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety is
one of the most practical and accessible books for living a
meaningful life despite the presence of anxiety, panic, and worry.
Expect to feel compelled toward action immediately."
--Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, associate professor of psychology at George Mason University and author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life
"A superb introduction to a revolutionary new way of dealing
with anxiety. The reader is led on a compelling exploration of how
the anxious mind works, followed by masterful exercises that tap
our innate capacity for comfort and healing self-compassion.
Seamlessly integrating important research and extensive clinical
experience, the author speaks through the pages with the wise,
gentle voice of experience. Go ahead, try it and see what
--Christopher K. Germer, PhD, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
"Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has led the way in creating
solid science-based treatments. Traditionally, CBT has been an
action-oriented treatment, and that action orientation has produced
a lot of benefits. More recently, CBT has begun to include more
work focused on acceptance, mindfulness, and self-compassion.
Dennis Tirch is a master of where CBT has been and of where CBT is
going. In this book, you will find a broad contemporary
understanding of anxiety and a host of very, very practical ways to
come into a more compassionate relationship with anxiety. The book
offers a different way of being with anxiety that will have
implications in your life that extend well beyond anxiety. You can
expect changes in your relationship with anxiety that offer a path
to rich and engaged living."
--Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy, associate professor at the University of Mississippi, and author of Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong
"This book is an excellent resource for individuals suffering
from anxiety. Using step-by-step strategies, Tirch systematically
guides people to the invaluable tools they need to overcome their
suffering and build a life filled with meaning. With wisdom and
clarity, he shows how one can use compassion and mindfulness to
face anxiety and bring about a fundamental life change. This book
is truly a pleasure to read and will be an invaluable guide for
--Lata K. McGinn, PhD, coauthor of Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Treatment Plans and Interventions for Anxiety and Depression
"Tirch writes with warmth and wisdom, as if he is speaking
directly to you. He shows how compassion, mindfulness, and facing
the difficulties of anxiety can bring personal growth. Filled with
specific and powerful techniques, readers will find a new path to
follow with a brilliant and compassionate guide. I highly recommend
this book for all who suffer from anxiety."
--Robert L. Leahy, PhD, director of The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, clinical professor of psychology at Weill-Cornell University Medical College, and author of The Worry Cure
"Writing in an informative, highly engaging manner, Tirch shares
his considerable wisdom in both compassion-based practices and
behavior therapy. He gives the reader practical and powerful tools
for cultivating a sense of self-compassion in the face of anxiety.
A genuine pleasure to read."
--Douglas Mennin, associate professor at Hunter College of The City University of New York
"Easy to read, grounded in solid research, and filled with
useful exercises, this book is a godsend for those who suffer from
--Kristin Neff, PhD, associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Self-Compassion
"Learning to treat yourself with kindness and compassion is like
learning to place your feet firmly on the ground. If you are going
to walk out of your struggle with anxiety, you need to regain your
psychological footing, and this book will show you how. In a
gentle, wise, and step-by-step way, it will help you establish
self-compassion as a habit of mind and bring that healing quality
to your thoughts and actions. Highly recommended."
--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life