CBT for Beginners

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This short practical guide to cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) will interest a wide range of professionals and trainees across health and social care, especially those just starting to practice this therapeutic intervention. Focusing on case formulation, the authors show how to build up a ‘picture’ of each individual client and use their case history to inform interventions. Packed full of practical features designed to aid learning, including case study material and a trouble-shooting section, the book covers a wide range of topics.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr Vivienne Lewis
I use this book in my teaching of Masters of Clinical Psychology students and they love it. It’s easy to read and follow, providing a great starting point for trainee psychologists to learn the basics of CBT. Students really grasp the concepts well and it increases their confidence in delivering therapy.
Tracie Trimmer-Platman
CBT for beginners initially appears to be a rather daunting concept when the text is rather large. However, the format of this text book provides a no nonsense and completely user-friendly directory for both student, academic and practitioner use.

I enjoyed the way in which each chapter is broken down, each section, concept and idea separated and highlighted and how each one has some key points at the end by way of an aid memoir. I will certainly be using this with counselling and communication students as it presents a series of case studies and scenarios which are relevant and accessible.

CBT for beginners is written in a way which does not compromise on academic and theoretical content but that breaks down important issues, challenges and practices so that the reader not only has an opportunity to reflect on what they have learnt but also ways in which practical skills might be applied.

Dr Ann Hackmann
A succinct, clear guide to the basics of CBT.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412948135
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Simmons works as a Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health services in South Wales. She has previously worked as a project manager setting up an IAPT service in England. She has worked in the NHS since gaining her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2000 from the Oxford doctoral course of Clinical Psychology and also works in Independent Practice in Bristol.

Rachel Griffiths is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in South Wales. She has worked in the NHS since gaining her doctorate in clinical Psychology in 2003 . Rachel has worked with adults with mental health problems in inpatient and community settings and currently works in a service for people with chronic pain.

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Table of Contents

What Is CBT?
Who Benefits from CBT?
The CBT Model
Levels of Cognitions (Thoughts, Beliefs and Assumptions)
Structure of Therapy and Sessions
The Therapeutic Relationship
CBT Assessment
CBT Formulation
Setting Therapy Goals
Coping Strategies
Behavioural Interventions
Cognitive Interventions: Identifying Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs)
Cognitive Interventions: Evaluation of Negative Automatic Thoughts or 'Thought Challenging'
Cognitive Interventions: Working with Assumptions and Core Beliefs
Working with Emotions
Motivation for Change
Therapeutic Endings

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