Cognitive Therapy Techniques: A Practitioner's Guide / Edition 1

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Overview

An indispensable clinical companion, this book is packed with useful tools and interventions that will expand the repertoire of novice and experienced cognitive therapists. Detailed are the full variety of evidence-based techniques that can be brought to bear on specific client problems and therapeutic challenges. Therapists will rediscover--or learn for the first time--a wealth of effective ways to identify and challenge thoughts and core beliefs; modify patterns of worry, self-criticism, and approval-seeking; evaluate personal schemas; intervene in emotional processes; and activate new experiences for the client. Each technique is thoroughly described in Robert L. Leahy's trademark accessible style and illustrated with vivid case examples. Designed in a convenient large-size format, the book is bursting with over 80 reproducible client forms and handouts.
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book is a repository of cognitive therapy techniques. It is an aid to all therapists who use cognitive-behavioral theory in their work, but it is especially helpful to novices who need to build up their repertoire.
Purpose: According to the author, "I wrote this book both for new clinicians who do not want to be limited to a simple list of a few techniques and for experienced clinicians who can derive from it ideas of how to expand cognitive therapy by employing techniques that will appear new to them." Dr. Leahy adds, "Cognitive therapy is not reducible to techniques: rather, techniques allow us to begin cognitive therapy. With this new range of techniques you should be able to work collaboratively with your patients at different 'entry points' to test and modify thoughts and assumptions and to provide them with more effective self-help skills." The book definitely meets the author's worthy objectives.
Audience: The book is directed toward both new and experienced clinicians, but graduate students in clinical psychology could also gain much from this book for they could see how the theory is applied via the many techniques. The author is president of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, founder and director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City, clinical associate professor of psychology in psychiatry at Cornell University Medical School, and former editor of the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. He has written many books in the area of cognitive psychotherapy.
Features: The book contains cognitive therapy techniques, nothing more and nothing less. These techniques seem to cover the whole gamut of theoretical concepts, from automatic thoughts to schema-focused therapy. Forms that can be used with clients are included. The value in this book lies in the presentation of many different kinds of techniques, along with actual forms. If one is not applicable, there are others to choose from. Dr. Leahy writes in a very readable fashion. In addition, the description of the technique includes a clinical example, homework assignment, possible problems that could arise, and cross-reference to other relevant techniques.
Assessment: This book is excellent because it is so practical. The techniques are easy to understand and Dr. Leahy provides everything you need to apply it in a clinical situation right away. There are reproducible forms that you can use with clients (under certain conditions). The only drawback is that cognitive theory is not thoroughly explained in this book. Thus, novice clinicians would really need a companion volume which delineates the theory in detail. All in all, however, this is a great contribution to the clinical field.
From the Publisher

"An excellent compilation of highly specific interventions that can be used in the context of providing cognitive-behavioral therapy. Many are evidence-based and draw on social-cognitive learning theory. Practitioners will find this an exceedingly useful resource for well-established as well as innovative clinical approaches that are applicable to the treatment of a wide range of disorders."--Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, LCSW, School of Social Work, Florida State University

"Cognitive Therapy Techniques will be valuable to both trainees and experienced therapists. It covers a wide range of therapeutic interventions, providing clear examples, forms to use with clients, and concrete suggestions for homework assignments. Written for readers who are familiar with the principles and practice of cognitive therapy, it will be a useful adjunct to the basic cognitive therapy texts."--James Pretzer, PhD, Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy

"The best methods cognitive therapy has to offer are explained in this clear and compelling book from a master therapist. Dr. Leahy provides a cornucopia of creative, innovative, and useful techniques. The richly detailed explanations in this book will help both novice and advanced clinicians build their cognitive therapy skills""--Jesse H. Wright, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine

"A treasury of cognitive therapy strategies and techniques. Provides all the tools a therapist needs for effective cognitive therapy."--Aaron T. Beck, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

"This volume adds immeasurably to the clinical literature and will surely become a classic in the field. Leahy, who has made his mark as a theoretician, researcher, and clinician, provides a rich resource for therapists of any primary orientation. In a thorough, user-friendly style, he describes specific techniques, offers a rationale for each intervention, helps the reader implement the technique, provides a clinical example, and problem-solves potential difficulties. Clinicians can pick and choose those interventions that have the greatest likelihood of furthering a given treatment plan. This book has great potential as a teaching tool for graduate-level students in psychology and related fields, and for psychiatric residents. I teach a course in CBT and am likely to make this a required text."--Arthur Freeman, EdD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

"...well written and user-friendly. Dr. Leahy uses jargon-free and accessible language without sacrificing complexity or sophistication. The uniform layout of the techniques is a major strength of this volume. The layout of the techniques provides an inexperienced cognitive therapist with all of the tools necessary for understanding how, when, and for what reason to employ a specific cognitive technique....This volume is an exceptionally useful resource for cognitive therapists. It is likely to benefit anyone from the student to the expert in cognitive therapy. This volume is also likely to be read by a variety of practitioners from non-cognitive orientations, as many non-cognitive therapist[s] incorporate cognitive techniques into their practice....this is an excellent volume that will find a home not on the bookshelf, but in the hands and laps of many practitioners."--Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572309050
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/29/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 347
  • Sales rank: 288,161
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, is Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York and Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He is the author or editor of numerous books on cognitive therapy and psychological processes. Dr. Leahy is past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is a recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award for Sustained and Enduring Contributions to Cognitive Therapy.

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List of Forms
Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Eliciting Thoughts and Assumptions
2. Evaluating and Challenging Thoughts
3. Evaluating Assumptions and Rules
4. Evaluating Worries
5. Information Processing and Logical Errors
6. Putting Things in Perspective
7. Schema-Focused Therapy
8. Emotional Processing Techniques
9. Examining and Challenging Cognitive Distortions
10. Modifying Need for Approval
11. Challenging Self-Criticism
12. Concluding Comments

References
Index
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Table of Contents


List of Forms
Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Eliciting Thoughts and Assumptions
2. Evaluating and Challenging Thoughts
3. Evaluating Assumptions and Rules
4. Evaluating Worries
5. Information Processing and Logical Errors
6. Putting Things in Perspective
7. Schema-Focused Therapy
8. Emotional Processing Techniques
9. Examining and Challenging Cognitive Distortions
10. Modifying Need for Approval
11. Challenging Self-Criticism
12. Concluding Comments

References
Index

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