About The Unified Protocol

What is the Unified Protocol? The Unified Protocol (UP) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for individuals diagnosed with anxiety disorders, depression and related disorders (which we refer to as emotional disorders). It was developed by David Barlow and a team of researchers at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University. The UP is a transdiagnostic treatment, which means that it can be applied to a range of different disorders and problems (e.g., panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive thought/compulsions, depressed mood, impulsive behaviors). The overarching goal of the UP is to help patients learn news ways of responding to uncomfortable emotion that reduce symptoms across a patient’s range of problems. The UP combines elements such as mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and behavioral therapy. 

The UP patient workbook and therapist guide are published as part of Oxford University Press’ Treatments that Work series, which only includes evidence-based interventions. The patient workbook is designed to function as a stand-alone self-help but it is most effective when used as part of a treatment with a therapist. The therapist guide is ideal for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals. 


Unified Protocol Institute
Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
900 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-9610
Fax: 617-353-9609 Attn: UP Institute


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