Understanding CBT: Develop Your Own Toolkit to Reduce Stress and Increase Well-being

Understanding CBT: Develop Your Own Toolkit to Reduce Stress and Increase Well-being

by Stephen Palmer, Kasia Szymanska


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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the established treatment of choice for a variety of clinical disorders but has also yielded impressive results when applied in the workplace in stress management, change management and conflict resolution. Understanding CBT introduces the basics of cognitive behavioral therapy and provides insights into how managers can successfully implement CBT to improve workplace performance and productivity.

The authors teach techniques to deal with stressful situations by emphasizing Cognitive Behavioral Coaching (CBC), a workplace appropriate form of CBT. They focus on defining problems, setting goals, standing up to anxiety, facing fear, overcoming obsessions, cooling down anger and on developing new beliefs and attitudes.

The book is practical, easy-to-read and packed with case studies of people using CBT techniques. With useful tips and examples, Understanding CBT is not just for academics or professional practitioners but for anyone who wants to do away with stress and think more positively.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749459666
Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
Publication date: 07/28/2012
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Stephen Palmer, 
is one of the UK's most influential experts on stress management. He is Founder-Director at the Centre for Stress Management and Honorary Professor of Psychology at City University, London. He has written or edited over 30 books on stress management, psychotherapy and coaching. 

Kasia Szymanska is a psychologist, a registered cognitive-behavior therapist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is Editor of The Coaching Psychologist published by the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP). 

Palmer and Szymanska have co-authored Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy Reader (Routledge) and Stress and Anxiety Management (Continuum International Publishing Group).

Table of Contents


01 How does the cognitive behavior approach work?
02 How to recognize and manage unhelpful or inflexible thinking patterns
03 Behavioural techniques
04 How to use imagery to cope with strong emotions and unhelpful thinking
05 Understand and managing anxiety, panic and phobias
06 Dealing with worry
07 Managing stress
08 How to manage your angry feelings
09 Managing responses to trauma
10 Conquering depression
11 Managing workplace bullying
12 Developing assertiveness techniques
13 Developing time-management skills and overcoming procrastination
14 Dealing with difficult people

Appendix A: A blank automatic through form
Appendix B: Coping imagery
Appendix C: A blank panic management form
Appendix D: A blank worry form
Appendix E: A blank PRACTICE solutions form
Appendix F: Proactive approach to worrying
Appendix G: Thinking in extremes continuum
Appendix H: A blank personal anger triggers and reactions form
Appendix I: A decision form


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