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ISBN-13: 978-1572309050 ISBN-10: 1572309059 Edition: 1st
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"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

"...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
(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews 2003-07-31)

About 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. His research focuses on individual differences in theory of emotion regulation. Dr. Leahy is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy and 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 the 2014 recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (July 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572309059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572309050
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I guess I was destined to become a psychologist---given the experiences that I had. My parents were divorced when I was an infant--my father was an alcoholic and he was unable to support us. We moved back to New Haven Connecticut, lived with my Italian grandparents, and then moved to an Irish working-class housing project. We were poor, but we always had kids to play with and we learned the values of honesty, perseverance, fairness, and keeping your eye on the prize. When I wasn't playing basketball, I was reading everything. My mom told me that she couldn't afford to send me to college, but I insisted I would get a scholarship. Fast forward--- I got my undergraduate degree and PhD at Yale. Later I did my postdoctoral training with Aaron Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy.
I have been interested in helping people overcome depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and relationship issues. Someone asked me, "Don't you get depressed talking to depressed people?", and I respond, "There's nothing more rewarding than helping people overcome depression". I've written and edited fifteen other books for psychologists-- books on depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, etc. I lecture throughout the world and I am excited that several of my books have been adapted as training texts at leading schools. The great appeal of cognitive and behavioral therapy is that it actually works. People get better. There is hope--even if you feel hopeless.
I have also been fortunate to be able to play a role in professional organizations that promote cognitive therapy. I am the President of the International Association of Cognitive Therapy, President-elect of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and I serve on a number of international and national committees, boards, and journals. My colleagues and I are helping to coordinate the training of cognitive therapists in Beijing, China, and at The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy we are training psychiatrists and psychologists in cognitive therapy in the New York area. I began working on the popular audience book, The Worry Cure, a few years ago. I decided to write an "honest" and "informed" book---one that drew on the best work by the top people worldwide. I have identified seven steps to overcome worry-- each step reflecting not only my own ideas but the work of leading experts. I am honored that many of them in USA, Canada and the UK have told me personally how much they appreciate the work reflected in this book. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the leading researchers throughout the world who really made this book possible. The Worry Cure tries to provide you with a serious understanding about the nature of worry--- the intolerance of uncertainty, the over-valuation of thinking, the avoidance of emotion, procrastination, the sense of urgency, and the maladaptive beliefs underlying your worry. I try to provide you with a full-range of self-help tools--- realizing that no one of them will work for everyone. A number of our patients at our clinic use the Worry Cure as part of their self-help--and they find it reassuring to know that they can now understand why their worry has persisted and how they can reverse this detrimental process.
The Worry Cure was named by Self Magazine as one of the top eight self-help books of all time. I was stunned when I read that--- my colleague Rene showed me the story in the magazine. But I have been fortunate to have been able to learn from my patients about the nature of their worry and what helps them--and to be able to write something that can make a difference.
My friend, Bill, said to me when I was writing this, "Bob, if you help one person overcome their anxiety it would be worth it." It's like the wise saying, "You save the world one life at a time".

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Rocco B. Rubino on May 3, 2005
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Dr. Leahy has provided a first-class resource of techniques for the problem-solving oriented clinician to use.

This book is laid out in a logical format; you are shown the technique, the rationale, given clinical vignettes, possible obstacles, cross-references to other techniques to be used in conjunction or perhaps instead of a particular method, as well as a homework assignment for the client. This resource reflects the wisdom born out by many years of practice, as well as understanding how the mind thinks and operates; responses rooted in compassion and an empathy for the human condition.

Dr. Leahy focuses on concepts, from automatic thoughts to schema-focused therapy. This resource is necessary for the clinician not just because of the variety techniques, there are actual handouts for the therapist and the client to use.

I relied heavily on this book during my counseling internship as a go-to resource with very good results. I plan on using this book, as well as the others that Dr. Leahy has written, to inform my practice for many years to come. The homework assignments as well as the forms proved to be very practical and useful for the client.

This book is highly recommended for the novice as well as the veteran practioner alike. 5+ Stars. A must have for your professional library. I cannot recommend this book enough! It was so helpful!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Wong Chi Kin on November 21, 2003
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The book contained many essential cognitive restructuring skills, schema work and emotional regulation methods for CBT therapist to make us in their daily practice. There are many forms available for daily application, and this is a good reference.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nin on February 20, 2009
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This is a fantastic book and a vital resource for both students and experienced cognitive-behavioural therapists. The book is fully comprised of comprehensive CBT techniques spanning from simply identifying automatic thoughts to challenging and modifying schemas. The book also offers useful information to guide the reader in selecting which techniques to use and for what issue.

The CBT techniques all contain a summary explanation, how the technique should be used, what the therapist should say verbatim when using the technique and remedies for common problems encountered with the technique.

The book's best asset is the use of case scenarios for each technique, which contain therapist/client dialogue. These small examples offer excellent ways to deliver the technique to the client verbatim. I think this is a wondeful book and a must-have for anyone engaged in counselling or practising CBT.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. Deren on March 16, 2008
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A wonderful addition to any professional library. Leahy provides detailed descriptions and examples of a wide variety of cognitive interventions, complete with examples of the questions and statements that the therapist can use for each intervention, and sample therapist-client dialogues. The book contains many excellent ideas for cognitive restructuring in ways that are empathic and respectful of the client's feelings. There are also lots of sample worksheets that can be used for clients' homework. This book is great for therapists at any level who want new ideas for cognitive work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori Gieseler on June 15, 2011
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I have been a clinician for over 25 years and have never found a book so inclusive of various CBT techniques. The format provides the technique in a detailed manner allowing the clinician to fully understand how and when to use it. There is a wide variety of techniques to use in just about any clinical situation. I also use this book with my staff, most of whom are new to the field. Each staff meeting I have one of them highlight a specific technique so that we all get to learn what is available in the book and the new therapist can learn about CBT. This book is excellent for both the new and the seasoned clinician. I highly recommend it to all.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Morelock on November 10, 2010
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I am a beginner, and I think this book is especially good for people like me who are just beginning to use this technique. There are copious amounts of exercises and forms that the therapist can pick and choose from. The book is very helpful b/c it give lots of examples & exercises about how to use the techniques of cognitive therapy. It is well-organized and staight-forward. An easy yet practical guide about how to apply cognitive theories into practice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ALEKSANDAR CHARLIE on December 31, 2010
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Excelent book for those who want to improve their knowledge in CBT area.The book is excelent guide for begginers ,but also for those more skilled in working with CBT(there are lot of new techniques covered in this book useful for depresion and anxiety disorders) and will help those who want to include more specific techiques in their existing repertoar of standard CBT techiques.More important.For every techique is shown how it relates functionaly with the other presented techiques in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Hermes on January 16, 2013
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If your are in the counseling business, get a copy and use it. Better than Milkman, Wamberg, and Beck. Ellis is fun to watch on YouTube. Get a copy for your staff, I did. Good activities for the consumers and uneducated substance abuse staffers.

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