A case of premature termination in a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder

James F. Boswell, Sandra J. Llera, Michelle Gayle Newman, Louis Georges Castonguay

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In this paper we present a case of failure in an integrative treatment for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) combining cognitive-behavioral therapy, an empirically supported treatment for GAD, and interpersonal-emotional processing therapy. The client of focus dropped out of treatment after the 8th session. Based on our analysis of this case, we discuss the participant, technical and relationship factors that were likely implicated in this case of premature termination in both of the cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal-emotional processing segments that comprised the treatment. Implications for practice, training, and future research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-337
Number of pages12
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology

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