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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies



Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies

Rob Willson, Rhena Branch

ISBN: 978-0-470-68698-0 September 2009 348 Pages


"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."

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.


"…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)