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ISBN-13: 978-0470018385 ISBN-10: 0470018380 Edition: 1st
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"…I think clinicians could find useful sections in this book…" (The Psychologist, September 2006)

"Well-written series" (Woman's Weekly, 15th March 2007)

"...[an] excellent book" (First, Monday 5th November 2007)

"Don't be put off by the title - this is one of the most comprehensive guides to CBT."  (Sunday Times, Monday 17th December 2007)

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Learn to challenge negative thoughts before they take hold

Straightforward advice to help you feel like you again

Whether you're trying to fight anxiety and depression, beat addiction, or simply lose weight, the key to success is learning how to think differently. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a practical, sensible, and effective approach to help you master your thoughts and think constructively, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies is the easiest and fastest way to get started.

Discover how to

  • Turn negative thoughts into positive action
  • Regain your sense of perspective
  • Break the spiral of anxiety and depression
  • Use CBT techniques in the real world
  • Treat phobias and eating problems
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470018380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470018385
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Bond on October 21, 2007
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CBT is recognised as one of the most successful means of dealing with a variety of psychological problems. Trouble is that up till now, you need to spend thousands on talking to a therapist. What if there was a book you could work through, either with your therapist or if you are capable then on your own? What if there was a book that enables you to get more value out of your counselling and learn to cope more quickly and more effectively with your problems?

I believe that CBT for Dummies is that sort of book. It is a very well structured, effective book that will help you come to terms with problems such as depression, bipolar2, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress. It is not a book to be read but one you slowly work through, doing the exercises. When I did the 1st exercise called the ABC, (activity belief, consequence), I realized I'd got value for money but the book contains a dozen more.

The down side to this book? It won't cure psychological problems but then I believe that nothing will. It will however give you powerful coping strategies. The book requires work, sometimes quite uncomfortable work. I would recommend that you have the safety net of a CBT therapist that you can call on if things get too uncomfortable.

I've had depression problems for over 40 years, triggered by a rough childhood and fighting in one of those ugly wars of Africa. After working with the book for four months, I'm starting to have a day or two, sometimes almost a week when I feel normal. (just a pity I didn't find a book like this 30 years ago...)
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J Bouvary on March 8, 2007
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I bought this book on the recommendation of my doctor. The book is very accessible and has lots of excellent suggestions and techniques. I have found it very helpful as a tool to help me get to grips with some problem areas in my life.

Overall, this book is an excellent introduction to CBT and I would heartily recommend it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nin on June 16, 2008
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This is a great introductory book to the world of CBT. The author uses easy-to-understand language and uses helpful diagrams and worksheets to aide in explanation.

The book contains great information on thoughts and emotions in early chapters, and then provides information on more specific issues such as obsessions, depression, and anxiety, in later chapters.

Although classified as a self-help book, I recommend this book to students and practitioner's of CBT as it is a useful reference to help get your head around the nuts and bolts of CBT. The book also will help you grasp the basic principles of CBT in a way that will allow you to explain it to your clients. You can also recommend that your clients read chapters of the book whilst they undergo therapy.

Don't be swayed or embarrassed by the "For Dummies" title-- this is really a great book on CBT written by experienced CBT therapists who will help you understand what CBT is all about.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By moonshadow241 on February 8, 2008
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Very well written and easy to understand. The authors did an excellent job in researching their material, and putting it in layman's terms. The course includes some forms to be filled out as you read through the book. These forms gave me insite into ways to have a happier, less stress filled life!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deane Goodwin on March 11, 2009
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While this book is well written and covers its material well, it limits itself to only a couple of the applications of CBT theory. Its utility is limited but would be a useful beginning point for the layman, but overly simplistic for the MH professional.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Hart on January 11, 2012
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I have 2 hours in the car every day and learning is a good way to spend it. I was delightful surprised at the quality of this audiobook. It is accurate and helpful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fiona E. Abbott on August 29, 2010
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I am a qualified counsellor and using this book to be able to assist street kids to understand the techniques we use is wonderful. Perfect natural down to earth illustration of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Worth the buy. Thanks
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Introspective Falcon on March 27, 2010
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This is an exceptional book with tons of practical and accessible information to help people struggling with emotional issues such as depression, anger, and anxiety. It is comprehensive in its scope covering everything from CBT concepts, sleep hygiene and mindfulness. This is a book that can help everyone from a person wanting to improve the quality of their life to a mental health professional working with clients.

There were two minor things that I noticed. First, the book appears to be written by an individual from the U.K. There are several instances where the British spelling of words are used (e.g. offence versus offense). (I initially thought the words were misspelled!) Second, some of the worksheets are little difficult to read and were not optimally transposed for the Kindle version.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone interesting in learning more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and how to apply it in their daily life. It's easily to understand and fun to read! A great buy for your Kindle and an exceptional resource for self-help/mental health!
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