Health Anxiety: Spotting, differentiating and using Anxiety Disorder Specific Measures for Low Intensity CBT Assessments

Taf Kunorubwe

Wednesday, 12 January 2022


Identifying a problem correctly means that patients receive the correct NICE recommended treatment.  However, when conducting brief low intensity assessments it is not always easy to identify the person’s primary presenting complaint.  For instance, it is very common for people experiencing depression to also have a co-occurring anxiety disorder.  In clinical practice it can be tempting to identify cases with more than one presentation as ‘mixed anxiety and depression’ but this should be avoided wherever possible.  It is through careful questioning that the primary problem can be identified.  

The event will be equivalent to 1.1/2hrs of CPD.


This 1.5 hour webinar will focus on how to spot Health Anxiety and look at what differentiates it from other anxiety disorders. The IAPT screening prompts tool that is recommended for use in LICBT assessments will be discussed. The Anxiety Disorder Specific Measures recommended by IAPT will also be discussed in terms of how to use them, cut offs for caseness, and how to interpret scores. Earlier events (23.9.21) delivered by Jynna Yarrum focuses on Social Anxiety Disorder and (10.11.21) delivered by Simon Grist focuses on OCD. A later event (16.3.22) delivered by Allán Laville will cover PTSD.

Learning Objectives

At the end of each webinar, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify Health Anxiety.
2. Identify distinguishing symptoms of Health Anxiety.
3. Understand the questions to ask to identify the primary presenting problem.
4. Use relevant Anxiety Disorder Specific Measures and interpret scores.

Training Modalities

The presenter will use case illustrations, experiential exercises and Q&A.

Key References

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2020). The IAPT Manual (Version 4). London: NHS England.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2020). The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual Appendices and helpful resource. London: NHS England.
Shafran, R., Myles-Hooton, P., Bennett, S. & Öst, L-G. (2021). The concept and definition of low intensity cognitive behaviour therapy. Behaviour Resarch and Therapy, 138,

About the presenter

Taf Kunorubwe is a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist, Lecturer & Mindfulness Teacher. He has experience working and supervision within IAPT services as a PWP and High-Intensity Therapist. He currently works part-time as a lecturer at the University of South Wales. As well as working in private practice, with a special interest in improving access and outcomes for clients from diverse backgrounds.

Who should attend

This event is designed for practitioners delivering low intensity interventions including Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Enhanced Psychological Practitioners.