An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications

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SAGE Publications, 2007 - Psychology - 288 pages
`There is much to commend this comprehensive work: it is engaging to read, accessible in style and honestly conveyed. I will certainly be including it as a key text for our university's new CBT module next year. I am reminded once again that contemporary CBT is a therapy for the people; accessible, affordable, resourceful and client empowering' - Therapy Today

`[This book] is written in a very readable plain English format that gives the reader an immediate grasp of the conceptse [and] a great insight into the CBT model in a very structured and practical way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about CBT' - Eisteach, Irish Association for Counselling and

'This book has been published at the optimum time when references to CBT are ubiquitous, and understanding the principles of this widely publicised intervention is essential. A fine balance of the evidence base, therapeutic interventions and the practicalities of the key components of intervention promotes this text to a higher level of sophistication' - Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

`a worthwhile introduction to CBT ande a thorough overview of the approach that is well supported by research evidence. Written by experience practitioners in an accessible language, this book is recommended for those new to CBT. It is also a useful refresher for the more experienced therapist' - Nursing Standard, 4 star review

An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

is a beginner's guide to the basic theory, skills, and applications of CBT.

Well supported by research evidence, CBT has become one of the most widely practised and most popular therapeutic approaches. For those new to the approach this practical text sets out the core concepts and generic skills of CBT including:

" the method of Socratic dialogue

" case formulation

" the therapeutic relationship

" therapeutic strategies - cognitive, behavioural, and physiological.

The text then goes on to illustrate how these techniques can be applied to the most common mental health problems - depression, panic and agoraphobia, OCD and health anxiety, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder. Other, less common, disorders are also explored, as are different methods of delivery including work with individuals, groups, couples, and families.

This text will be invaluable to all those coming to CBT for the first time whether on training courses or as part of their everyday work. It will also be a useful refresher for those with some experience who want to remind themselves of core skills

David Westbrook is Director of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC) and a consultant clinical psychologist with Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (OBMH). Helen Kennerley is a consultant clinical psychologist with OCTC and OBMH. Joan Kirk was the founding Director of OCTC and is now a consultant clinical psychologist with OCTC and in private practice.

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About the author (2007)

Helen Kennerley, D.Phil, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and founding fellow of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC), where she was for many years Director of the postgraduate courses in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies and the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is currently the lead for the OCTC / University of Oxford Postgraduate Certificates in Supervision and Training and in Psychological Trauma.nbsp; She is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the M.O.D. She has made valuable contributions to the field of cognitive therapy through her popular workshops and her writings. Amongst other publications, she is the author of Overcoming Anxiety and co-author of An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, both of which have been highly commended by the British Medical Association. In 2002, Helen was also voted one of the most influential female cognitive therapists in Britain by BABCP members.

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