Dr. Abel is an international speaker and author with over 25 years of specializing in the nature and treatment of anxiety. She utilizes an integrative approach employing primarily cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT), while integrating mindfulness, schema therapy, and experiential therapies. Her expertise is primarily in the treatment of worry and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), however, she is very adept and experienced in treating and speaking about panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), work stress, performance anxiety, phobias, depression and insomnia. Above all, Dr. Abel’s approach is pragmatic.
An informative and entertaining speaker, Dr. Abel uses demonstrations, movie clips, humor and audience participation as tools to engage and teach. In her work training mental health care professionals with PESI, ratings from participants are reliably above 4.25 out of 5 with a mode of 5. Here’s what people are saying about Dr. Abel’s seminars: “Really Fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable and shared an abundance of tools,” and “This was the most informative and skill-building workshop I have attended in the past 10 years – thank you!”
After being the Assistant Director of Penn State's Stress and Anxiety Disorders Institute, she returned home to bring her expertise to 1000's of St. Louisans suffering from anxiety. Dr. Abel has developed many innovative techniques based on empirically proven strategies that are very effective in relieving anxiety. Her first book, Active Relaxation, was published in 2010 and received high praise from mental health professionals and anxious readers. Her second book, Resistant Anxiety, Worry, and Panic: 86 Practical Treatment Strategies for Clinicians was published in 2014 and received high praise from clinicians. She was invited to write the Melt Worry and Relax Card Deck, which was released in May 2016 and sold over 5,000 copies in just 2 years! Her most recent publication The Anxiety, Worry, and Depression Workbook was inspired by the fact that Worry and Anxiety usually fuel depression and are often the cause of it. Click the navigation bar above to learn more about her training, her publications, and read her blog, a regular source of great advice and insight.
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