“This is simply a great workbook. Although written for teens, it will prove valuable for others, too: as self-help for adults, as an adjunct to treatment for therapists, and as a guide for parents of younger children. Tompkins and Barkin teach you powerful skills in a highly readable and interesting way, using real-life examples and step-by-step instructions. It will be so worth it to work through the exercises. You will undoubtedly reduce your stress, increase your well-being, and significantly improve your life.”
—Judith S. Beck, PhD, president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
— Judith S. Beck, PhD
“‘I’m so stressed!’ The average age of my clients is about sixteen years old and I hear those words all too frequently. I know that I will be recommending this workbook to my clients (though I believe adults will find it equally helpful). It is accessible, on point, and very engaging! I also really like the pacing of the activities. This book is a wonderful resource! Thank you, Tompkins and Barkin.”
—Joan K. Orrell-Valente, PhD, former assistant professor in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; currently in private practice in San Francisco, CA
— Joan K. Orrell-Valente, PhD
“In The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens, Tompkins and Barkin provide a masterful, clearly written book to help teens effectively cope with anxiety and stress. In a time in which so many teens are experiencing distress, this book promises to be a highly useful resource for its readers.”
—Eric Storch, PhD, All Children’s Hospital Guild Endowed Chair Professor in the departments of pediatrics (primary), health policy and management, psychiatry and neurosciences, and psychology at the University of South Florida
— Eric Storch, PhD
“Adolescence is becoming an increasingly stressful time for young people, and valuable resources are needed by teenagers as well as the professionals who care for them. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens—expertly written by Tompkins and Barkin—powerfully fulfills this important mission. This is a comprehensive tool kit which makes the empirically based skills for mitigating stress in young patients accessible to teens and clinical providers through engaging text material, compelling exercises, and actionable forms. The workbook is an invaluable resource prepared by master clinicians that will be reached for again and again to help stressed-out teenagers.”
—Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, professor and director at the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth at Palo Alto University
— Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP
About the Author
Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist who is board certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology. He is codirector of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy; assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley; Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy; and trainer and consultant for the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He is author or coauthor of numerous scholarly articles and chapters on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and related topics, as well as seven books.
Jonathan R. Barkin, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, partner at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Barkin has extensive experience in the treatment of severe anxiety disorders. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders in children, teens, and adults. Barkin presents lectures and workshops to professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.