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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-68698-0
348 pages
September 2009
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"We all have aspects of ourselves that we would like to change, but many of us believe that a leopard can't change its spots – if that's you, stop there! Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies will help identify unhealthy modes of thinking – such as “a leopard can't change it's spots”! – that have been holding you back from the changes you want. CBT can help whether you're seeking to overcome anxiety and depression, boost self-esteem, lose weight, beat addiction or simply improve your outlook in your professional and personal life."
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Table of Contents


Part I: Introducing CBT Basics.

Chapter 1: You Feel the Way You Think.

Chapter 2: Spotting Errors in Your Thinking.

Chapter 3: Tackling Toxic Thoughts.

Chapter 4: Behaving like a Scientist: Designing and Conducting Behavioural Experiments.

Chapter 5: Pay Attention! Refocusing and Retraining Your Awareness.

Part II: Charting the Course: Defining Problems and Setting Goals.

Chapter 6: Exploring Emotions.

Chapter 7: Identifying Solutions That Cause You Problems.

Chapter 8: Setting Your Sights on Goals.

Part III: Putting CBT into Action.

Chapter 9: Standing Up to Anxiety and Facing Fear.

Chapter 10: Deconstructing and Demolishing Depression.

Chapter 11: Overcoming Obsessions.

Chapter 12: Overcoming Low Self-esteem by Accepting Yourself.

Chapter 13: Cooling Down Your Anger.

Part IV: Looking Backwards and Moving Forwards.

Chapter 14: Taking a Fresh Look at Your Past.

Chapter 15: Moving New Beliefs from Your Head to Your Heart.

Chapter 16: Heading for a Healthier and Happier Life.

Chapter 17: Overcoming Obstacles to Progress.

Chapter 18: Psychological Gardening: Maintaining Your CBT Gains.

Chapter 19: Working with the Professionals.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Healthy Attitudes for Living.

Chapter 21: Ten Self-Esteem Boosters That Don’t Work.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Lighten Up.

Chapter 23: Ten Books to Add to Your Library.

Appendix A: Resources.

Appendix B: Forms.


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Author Information

Rob Willson, BSc, MSc, Dip SBHS, has worked for the Priory Hospital North London for a number of years as a CBT therapist. Rob also teaches and supervises trainee therapists at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and has his own practice in North London. His first book was Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Constable & Robinson, 2005), co-written with Dr David Veale.
Rob has done numerous newspaper and radio interviews about CBT. More rarely he’s appeared on television discussing understanding and treating body image problems. His particular interests include the research and treatment of obsessional problems, and applying CBT in group and self-help formats.

Rhena Branch, MSc, Dip CBT, is an accredited CBT therapist and works with the Priory Hospital North London as a CBT therapist. She also has her own practice in North London and supervises on the Masters’ course at Goldsmith College, University of London.

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"…I think clinicians could find useful sections in this book…" (The Psychologist, September 2006)

"Well-written series" (Woman's Weekly, 15th March 2007)

"...[an] excellent book" (First, Monday 5th November 2007)

"Don't be put off by the title - this is one of the most comprehensive guides to CBT."  (Sunday Times, Monday 17th December 2007)

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