"Cool Kids" in Denmark: Commentary on a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Anxious Youth


  • Sarah J. Perini
  • Viviana M. Wuthrich
  • Ronald M. Rapee




child anxiety, adolescent anxiety, treatment, Cool Kids, case studies, clinical case studies


Two case studies by Lundkvist-Houndoumadi and Thastum (2013a, 2013b) describe the use of the Cool Kids cognitive behavioral therapy program for anxious children and their parents, which was conducted at their Clinic at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. In providing our reactions to these two fascinating and illuminating articles, we first familiarize readers with the Cool Kids program, including both its nature, range, and evidence base. This is followed by a discussion of some relevant issues and complications in doing therapy with anxious children that are illustrated by these case studies, including the motivation of both anxious children and their parents; the therapeutic role of exposure to anxious situations; a modular approach to accommodate individual variation; group versus individual format; directly addressing parental anxiety problems; and the cost-effectiveness of treatment.

Author Biographies

Sarah J. Perini

San Fishman, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy Professor of Clinical and Organizational Psychology Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers University Mailing address: 57 Jaffray Court Irvington, NY 10533 914-693-8549 fax: 603-917-2567 email: dfish96198@aol.com

Viviana M. Wuthrich

Viviana M. Wuthrich

Ronald M. Rapee

Ronald M. Rapee




How to Cite

Perini, S. J., Wuthrich, V. M., & Rapee, R. M. (2013). "Cool Kids" in Denmark: Commentary on a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Anxious Youth. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 9(3), 359–370. https://doi.org/10.14713/pcsp.v9i3.1828



Part 2: Comments on Case Studies From a "Cool Kids" Therapy Group (Presented in Vol. 9, No. 2)