About the Author.
Foreword by Chris Williams.
PART ONE: ONCE UPON A TIME: GETTING STARTED.
Chapter 1: What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?
CBT: Ten Essential Ingredients.
Ten Common Myths About CBT.
Chapter 2: Stories, Analogies & Metaphors.
Tools for Communication.
Stories from the Wider World.
Story-Telling across the Psychotherapies.
Chapter 3: Using Stories in CBT.
Uses for Stories and Metaphors.
Abuses and Limitations.
The Evidence Base.
Drawing it All Together.
PART TWO: DEVELOPING THE PLOT: STORIES FOR SPECIFIC DISORDERS.
Chapter 4: Depression.
Stories and Analogies.
Step 1: Putting it into Words.
Step 2: Accepting Help.
CBT for Depression.
Step 3: Doing More - Activities and Goals.
Three Layers of Thinking.
Step 4: Removing the Critical Voice.
Step 5: Develop a Kinder Self-Talk.
Step 6: Preparing for the Future.
Chapter 5: Anxiety, Panic and Phobias.
What Is Anxiety?
How Do We Learn?
Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Chapter 6: Obsessions, Compulsions and Post Traumatic Stress.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Behaviour Therapy for OCD.
Cognitive Therapy for OCD.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Stories and Analogies for PTSD.
CBT for PTSD.
Exposure Therapy for PTSD.
Cognitive Therapy for PTSD.
Chapter 7: Physical Health.
Medically Unexplained Symptoms.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Adjusting to Serious Illness.
When Illness Threatens Life.
Chapter 8: Personality, Beliefs And Behaviours.
Low Self Esteem.
Changing Core Beliefs.
PART THREE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? STORY-TELLING IN THE REAL WORLD.
Chapter 9: CBT In Practice.
Practical Tips For Therapists.
Creating Personalised Stories and Analogies.
Schizophrenia and Psychosis.
Teamwork, Training and CBT Supervision.
Chapter 10: The Next Generation.
Third Generation CBT.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
CBT for Enduring Problems.
Compassionate Mind Training.
The New You.
The Future of CBT.
Appendix 1: Sources of Information for this Book.
Appendix 2: Literature Search.
Appendix 3: List of Therapy Conversations.
Appendix 4: List of Stories and Analogies.
“Story telling is one of our most ancient ways of communicating. Paul Blenkiron has vividly described how stories can be used for therapeutic purposes.” (CBT Today, March 2015)
“An excellent, stimulating book. Offers all therapists an invaluable toolkit for many years to come. I recommend savouring every word." (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2 February 2011)
“This is a real treat and worth an investment - not only for ‘the shelf’, but also for the 'self’" (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies, 15 December 2010 )
"What makes this book such a coherent piece of work is its structured presentation of useful content paired with the well-thought-out narrative in which these ideas are communicated." (Psychologist, 1 October 2010)
“The usefulness of this book to therapeutic practice is vast.” (Therapeutic Recreation, 1 July, 2010)