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“What was already an invaluable resource is further improved with the updated second edition. Beck describes the nuts and bolts of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and brings therapeutic processes and techniques to life through session narratives and case examples. New to this edition is a 'What if…' feature that offers valuable answers to common clinical questions, which extend beyond the basics. This text is essential reading for individuals learning CBT and a key reference for more seasoned therapists. It should be on the bookshelf of every mental health professional and used in every graduate course on CBT.”--David J. A. Dozois, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, Canada

“The practicality of Beck's revised therapy guide is just plain impressive. Here are the building blocks of excellent cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), taught with wonderful skill and sensitivity in a manner that engages new learners and experienced clinicians equally. This is an outstanding basic text for training mental health clinicians of all disciplines, and is especially useful for courses on general psychotherapy, CBT, or adult psychiatric problems. Numerous case illustrations clarify both the principles and practice of CBT; the extended example helps newcomers understand how to use specific methods over the entire course of treatment. It is hard to imagine that any aspiring clinician would not benefit greatly from reading this book.”--Gail S. Steketee, PhD, Dean and Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
“In addition to the fundamental aspects of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) that were presented in the original volume, the second edition presents innovations in theory and clinical practice. Like its predecessor, this book is destined to be an international success. It is written in clear and compelling prose, with many practical suggestions and clinical vignettes. This is truly an essential book for anyone who wants to become expert in CBT.”--Keith S. Dobson, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada

“CBT sometimes appears ‘deceptively simple,’ as the author notes, but a range of skills are required to deliver this form of treatment in a competent and ethical manner. Beck elegantly presents these skills in this readable, appealing book. She not only describes CBT techniques, but also applies them in an in-depth case example that makes the elements of treatment come alive. Students often remark that they need to be given an example showing how something is done before they can grasp it. Beck accomplishes that in a way that I think will build the practitioner’s confidence and mastery. This book has already begun to influence my teaching, and I plan to use it as a required text in my introductory practice course.”--Michael Paul Melendez, PhD, LICSW, Simmons College School of Social Work

“When this book was originally published, it represented a tremendous advance in the teaching and dissemination of CBT. Now Beck has truly retooled and improved the original. Beginning therapists will appreciate the step-by-step approach to the patient that Beck, a master teacher and clinician, presents with such clarity and with detailed rationales and session transcripts. This second edition is a classic made better for anyone interested in teaching or learning CBT.”--Donna M. Sudak, MD, Director of Psychotherapy Training, Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine

“According to the many clinical psychology students I have helped train, this has been far and away the single most useful book they have read in their careers. The fundamentals of CBT are presented comprehensively, yet in crystal-clear fashion, with straightforward prose, a wealth of sample dialogues, helpful diagrams, and informative tables. New material on behavioral activation, homework, the therapeutic relationship, and more makes a terrific book even better. This is a text that deserves to be read—and reread—from cover to cover, whether you are a student learning CBT for the first time or an experienced clinician.”--Evan M. Forman, PhD, Director, PhD Program in Clinical Psychology, Drexel University

“This book is a treasure. It is an excellent practical reference that covers all aspects of cognitive behavior therapy. The second edition incorporates much new material arising from the last two decades of research and practice, exemplifying the scientist-practitioner approach. The reference list is greatly enlarged, and new material is provided on cognitive behavioral approaches to various diagnostic groups, the incorporation of ‘third-wave’ strategies like mindfulness and acceptance, and the crucial importance of the therapeutic alliance and collaborative case conceptualization. This volume will be referred to again and again, by clinicians at every level.”--Ann Hackmann, DClinPsych, University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom

“Anyone who wants to find out about cognitive behavior therapy and how to apply it in practice need look no further. The second edition of Beck’s excellent, bestselling book provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to delivering the various elements of CBT. The book offers a comprehensive introduction for those new to CBT, with illustrative case examples throughout; it is also an essential resource for experienced cognitive therapists who want to brush up on their knowledge and skills. It should definitely be a core text in every CBT training program.”--Alison Brabban, DClinPsych, Durham University, United Kingdom

“I am a true fan (and 16-year adopter) of this text. Instructors, students, and clinicians have been eagerly awaiting an updated version of Beck’s classic guide to CBT and this second edition should exceed their lofty expectations. It retains the clarity, accessibility, thoughtful sequencing, and practical relevance of the original, while enhancing coverage of critical content pertaining to assessment, case conceptualization, core techniques, and the therapeutic relationship. Attentive to both the art and science of CBT, this volume is a ‘must read’ for graduate students and clinicians who are looking to build or sharpen their CBT skills.”--Drew Erhardt, PhD, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University (on the first edition)

“This book is well suited for teaching the basics of cognitive therapy to students new to the field, or for providing a detailed review for more seasoned professionals in your classroom. Clinicians trained in other modalities will learn ways to use cognitive techniques to help clients explore how their thoughts, emotional reactions and behaviors are related—and to facilitate change and growth. This is an essential text for cognitive therapy courses.”--Mark McGrosky, MSW, LCSW, doctoral candidate and adjunct lecturer, Silver School of Social Work, New York University (on the first edition)

“I have used Judith Beck’s book for my advanced direct practice course since 1999. I have reviewed many textbooks over the years, but always return to this one as my basic text. The price is reasonable for my students and the concepts are easy to understand, with highlighted summaries and dialogues illustrating the execution of interventions. The second edition is even better, with the addition of chapters on evaluation and behavioral activation. My students consistently give feedback that the text delivers the fundamentals of CBT in an effective, insightful, and pragmatic format.”--Lynn Coghill, MSW, LCSW, MSW Program Director, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh

“When I want students to learn how to conduct cognitive therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond is the first book I assign. Before I assigned this book for the first time, I reread it to make certain it was as useful as I remembered. It was—and to my surprise, I even found that many of what I had come to think of as my own special insights in training supervisees were actually right there on the page. When students have mastered this text, Judith Beck’s Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems is a natural (and useful) next step.”--Thomas L. Rodebaugh, PhD, Department of Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis (on the first edition)

“This excellent introduction to CBT offers enough detail to give students the ability to begin to practice, and is sufficiently broad to allow students to apply CBT across a range of client problems. It also makes an excellent addition to a new therapist’s library, serving as a reference for years after graduate school.”--R. Lyle Cooper, PhD, LCSW, College of Social Work, University of Tennessee (on the first edition)

“The text offers clear guidance on how to structure sessions and how to conceptualize clients using the cognitive model. The case interwoven throughout the text helps students see the process in action. I have used this book for several semesters with graduate students who find it helpful in expanding their understanding of CBT and developing their clinical skills.”--Michael Likier, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy, Seton Hall University (on the first edition)

“This book has served as the fundamental text for my graduate psychology course on empirically supported interventions for adults for many years. Beck’s clear and crisp writing style, use of multiple case examples, and inclusion of helpful handouts and worksheets make this text a ‘must have’ for any teacher who would like to provide students with a solid grounding in cognitive therapy.”--Jennifer S. Kirby, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (on the first edition)

"Whether readers are graduate students getting their first exposure to cognitive therapy or seasoned professionals wanting a refresher on cognitive theory, Dr. Beck's book will satisfy most all professional training needs."--Psychiatric Services
(Psychiatric Services 2011-07-15)

"An important, timely, and valuable resource for psychiatric professionals who engage in formal cognitive-behavioral therapy or who practice cognitive-behavioral techniques in other contexts. This text provides a clarity of conceptualization and a review of techniques that will prove extremely useful to students as well as experienced therapists."--Journal of Psychosocial Nursing
(Journal of Psychosocial Nursing 2011-07-15)

"A comprehensive road map to the practice of CBT....A must-read guide for graduate students and practicing therapists who are interested in learning the essentials of CBT. It will no doubt be recognized as a classic text in the field due not only to its excellent coverage of CBT, but also to the clear, concise, and illustrative manner in which the techniques are presented."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
(Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2012-09-01)

"With its overview and in-depth update on the therapeutic application of cognitive behaviour therapy, the text will be of use to cognitive behavioural beginners and professionals alike. The techniques covered in this text would be useful in a wide variety of settings, such as with adolescents in a school setting or adults in the general population with sever mood disorders....Highly recommended for practising psychologists."--Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist
(Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist 2013-07-12)

"A comprehensive and highly useful teaching text that can be used by either therapist-in-training or experienced therapists. It is well written in clear, concise prose with a minimum use of jargon….Judith Beck is a master psychotherapist who has successfully compiled a text that clearly explains the fundamentals of cognitive therapy in a way that will be exceedingly useful to anyone studying psychotherapy. Psychiatry residents I work with consistently want to see actual examples of how psychotherapy is done. This book, with its extensive dialogues, provides a clear example of how a skilled, empathic therapist conducts treatment. What is most impressive about this work is that it provides thorough and detailed instruction yet is concise enough to be read cover-to-cover in a reasonable length of time….After mastering this text, those interested in more in-depth instruction from Dr. Beck can obtain her work Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What to Do When the Basics Don't Work, also published by Guilford Press.”--Journal of Psychiatric Practice
(Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2013-10-16)

About the Author

Judith S. Beck, PhD, is President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy ( and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She has written nearly 100 articles and chapters as well as several books for professionals and consumers; has made hundreds of presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics related to CBT; and is the codeveloper of the Beck Youth Inventories and the Personality Belief Questionnaire. Dr. Beck is a founding fellow and past president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 2nd edition (July 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609185048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609185046
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is an eminent clinician and educator who previously served as director of Clinical Services at the Center for Cognitive Therapy and now serves as president of Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is also clinical associate professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctoral degree from Penn in 1982.

Dr. Beck directs the three major functions of Beck Institute:

Professional education and training in cognitive therapy
Clinical care

Professional activities

Dr. Beck divides her time among administration, supervision and teaching, clinical work, program development, research, and writing. She has been a consultant for several National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) studies, has developed widely adopted assessment scales for children and adolescents, and has presented hundreds of workshops nationally and internationally on various applications of cognitive therapy. She is also a Distinguished Founding Fellow and Past President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.


Dr. Beck has written nearly 100 articles and chapters on different aspects of cognitive therapy. She is the author of the primary text in the field, which has been translated into 20 languages, as well as books, workbooks, and pamphlets for consumers. Her publications include:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond (2nd ed)
Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What to Do When the Basics Don't Work
The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy
Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders
The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person
The Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook
The Complete Beck Diet for Life

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Avocadobunny on September 18, 2011
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If you are just beginning to learn about CBT or just need a re-fresher, this book is wonderful! It clearly outlines the therapy and also contains very helpful transcripts, highly recommended.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By kubryan on February 27, 2013
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This is a very solid book. This book gives a very comprehensive look at most aspects of CBT as well as offering some dialogue and examples. This is the book I chose to use in my Masters Level CBT class and I got very good reviews from students. This book offered a case example that spanned the entire book so you really get an idea from session to session how the techniques evolve and when to apply them. The dialogue is easy to follow and it helps new therapists to "hear" how these topics are approached. This book truly, is in many ways the new revision of the "how to" manual for new therapists and old.

My only critique is that the book primarily focuses on depression in adults and touches very little on anything else. While I know that a comprehensive book on all the variations on where CBT can be used would be a 4000 page book, it would have been nice to have some information related to these subjects.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laura Johnson on July 7, 2013
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I first read this book in 2006 for a CBT class. I often recommend it to therapists new to CBT but it also a great review for experienced CBT therapists as well. Beck provides a step-by-step process to performing evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy. The parts of the book that are most helpful include Chapter 3 on cognitive conceptualization and Chapters 5, 7 and 8 on structuring the CBT session. While the entire book is helpful, I am emphasizing these chapters because this is what truly differentiates a real CBT therapist from an eclectic therapist who integrates some CBT techniques into another framework. I also think it is very important to understand the different levels of thoughts (automatic thoughts, intermediate beliefs and core beliefs) and how to work at these three levels to help clients make significant changes in their lives. Homework is another critical CBT strategy that differentiates CBT from other types of therapy. I always write down the homework for my clients so they remember what it is and so I can follow up on it. Otherwise, people don't think homework is important and don't tend to do it. This is a great book for anyone looking to get certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. If you read this book and get expert CBT supervision, you should be well on your way to becoming a competent CBT therapist.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2011
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Judith Beck's book is like a playbook for psychotherapy. Imagine a football team where the coaches never drew up plays and the quarterback never established any expectations about what would happen after the ball was snapped. What is the common factor in sports teams that don't develop a cohesive strategy and don't collaborate and work together on common goals? They lose. They fail to achieve their objectives. They're left sad and burned out watching others win championships.

The same holds true for psychotherapy. Offering support, building a relationship or "establishing rapport" is only one piece of an effective game plan. Psychotherapists who line up for their sessions unprepared and without a plan or coherrent case conceptualization are doing a serious disservice to those they are suppose to serve. They are setting themselves up to be in situations where they hope to connect on Hail Mary passes or complete next to impossible 50+ yard field goals. Ultimately, their sessions may fail to rise to "greatness."

Good sports teams not only focus on the fundamentals, they execute on their gameplans as opposed to simply talking a good game. A good therapist should also have a "game plan."

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This is not a boring, overly theoretical workout like some books tend to be. This is a "psychotherapy playbook" packed with useful techniques and guidance on how to structure the entire course of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sun on November 8, 2011
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I have to say I absolutely love this book, I am using it every single day. It is easy to understand and a core book for my degree. If you want to leaarnabout CBT and you are a novice ike myself then get the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tswj on December 21, 2012
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I love how detailed this book is while it goes over the basics of CBT. It's a really easy read. I wish there was one for all the DSM diagnoses. It really goes into details of specific techniques like the downward arrow, rational-emotional role play, evidence testing etc, and there's a lot of scripts of real session to illustrate them. I also love that with in the book, there are exerts about "what if" the client does or doesn't do this or that, which is really helpful for beginners to address all the different responses that clients can have to the techniques in treatment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cate on January 24, 2013
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If you are trying to learn about Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and theory this is an excellent text. It helps clear things up, gives perfect examples, and is very very easy to understand. The writting style is great for a fast read.
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