Well-being therapy for generalized anxiety disorder

J Clin Psychol. 2009 May;65(5):510-9. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20592.


Well-being therapy (WBT) aims to enhance psychological well-being based on Ryff's (1989) six dimensions: autonomy, personal growth, environmental mastery, purpose in life, positive relations, and self-acceptance. Previous studies have documented the efficacy of this psychotherapy in treating patients with mood and anxiety disorders and in preventing relapse in recurrent depression. We discuss and illustrate the use of WBT in generalized anxiety disorder. We present a case of a patient suffering from generalized anxiety disorder treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy followed by WBT.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Cognition*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Psychotherapy / methods
  • Self Concept
  • Thinking
  • Treatment Outcome