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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; New edition edition (May 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593853432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593853433
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this outstanding volume, Dr. Leahy has brought together internationally respected cognitive therapists to share their current thinking on theory and therapy for specific problem areas. Well written, wide-ranging, and up-to-date, this will be an important sourcebook for years to come."--Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, Mental Health Research Unit, Kingsway Hospital, Derby, UK

"This superb volume brings together many of the world’s leading cognitive therapists. The breadth of coverage is impressive. Chapters provide an accessible yet sophisticated description of the theoretical underpinnings of cognitive therapy and summarize the results of randomized controlled trials, showing why this modality has become the treatment of choice for a wide range of common psychological disorders. At the same time, the book offers lucid discussions of how the therapy is actually conducted. I highly recommend this cutting-edge book for both novice and experienced therapists from all theoretical perspectives. It also will serve as a suitable text in undergraduate-level courses in abnormal psychology and graduate-level courses in psychopathology and evidence-based practice."--Allison G. Harvey, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

"This comprehensive volume captures the history, scope, and achievements of cognitive therapy. Readers will find expert accountings of the myriad applications of cognitive therapy--from time-tested approaches to depression and anxiety to exciting new applications for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. The volume nicely balances theoretical considerations, clinical perspectives, and evidence from empirical studies. The result is a work that will serve practitioners and researchers looking for an up-to-the-moment portrayal of contemporary cognitive strategies."--Michael W. Otto, PhD, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Cognitive therapy is a blend of clinical art and clinical science. The breadth and depth of the field are captured in an excellent way in this volume. The book brings together the finest and most able in the field to present a comprehensive account of what is now the most important school of psychotherapy. Evidence, theory, and clinical reality are skillfully blended in a 'must read' for anyone who wishes to help people change. If you only have one book on cognitive therapy, this should be it!"--Paul Salkovskis, PhD, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, University of London, Englan

"This book does justice to the fast pace of change within CBT while remaining well integrated with the roots of cognitive therapy that were pioneered by Beck. Each chapter provides sufficient information for the readers to evaluate whether the approach taken has internal validity and empirical support, pointing them to more detailed references, such as therapy manuals and theory papers....Robert Leahy's book is arguably the most cutting-edge collection of works from the key contemporary figures within CBT. I would recommend it for CBT therapists and researchers, especially those involved in treatment development and those who work with a wide range of client groups."--Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
(Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 2006-05-05)

"This outstanding edited volume...has brought together some of the world's most respected cognitive therapists and scholars in order to summarize their current thinking on theoretical issues and on psychotherapy for specific problem areas. Leahy is widely recognized in this field as a creative and prodigious contributor to the literature, as a highly respected psychotherapist/consultant, and as a passionate advocate for cognitive psychotherapy. Thus, it is not surprising that these 18 chapters are up-to-date, well written, and immediately useful for any clinician with a basic understanding of cognitive therapy....This volume has already become a recognized sourcebook for cognitive psychotherapy. It fully captures the increasing depth and breadth of this approach to treatment."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
(Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2006-05-05)

"The structure of the book lends itself to a wide audience, from a student's academic introduction to the non-CBT therapist looking for fresh approaches to current situations....Provides therapists in general, and those dealing with families in particular, a useful, thought-provoking tool."--The Family Journal
(The Family Journal 2006-05-05)

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander I. Mcallister on April 7, 2010
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This book presents the level of sophistication to which Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has risen to after 50 years of development and scrutiny. It points out that CBT has been subject to more clinical trials than any other therapeutic approach. Part I of the book covers theoretical and conceptual issues. Chapter Three gives a detailed account of the rigor applied in trying to isolate the effects that can be directly attributed to CBT from those of medication or the therapeutic alliance. Part II of the book provides information on how CBT is applied to specific disorders including anxiety, mood disorders and other Axis I disorders. The author, Dr. Robert Leahy, is the President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, Founder and Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, and Professor of Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell University Medical College. The book is well written and provides a good snapshot of this dynamic form of therapy.
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I love this book; or specifically, certain parts. It's more a collection of very interesting and well-crafted research papers than a regular book. I carried this around with me for about two months so I could study sections of high interest.

This sounds great, but may say more about me than the book; I had trouble arousing interest from academics who either stopped learning at some point or who focus on narrow, politicized issues like whether one can be happy without a penis. Becoming a professor supercharges some people and turns others to wood.

Robert Leahy is something of a hero to me; I have many of his books and all are keepers. He has undoubtedly helped shape my thinking, but evolution is inevitable and he has done what he can to help me. I am new wave to his classic rock, so we are bound to disagree.

But that's not the point, he edited this. He didn't write it. And it's mostly very interesting by familiar names with ideas about pathology and CBT that are fun to read regardless of your leanings.

Dr. Leahy is extremely productive. I don't know how he gets anything else done. I work 10-14 hours a day, seven days (obsession + can't afford a vacation anywhere fun), ignore most paperwork and don't get out enough, and he makes it look easy.

Though not for casual readers at all, dedicated souls may have erudite fun here.
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I have only read about the first quarter of the book and scanned the remainder but so far am impressed with the explanations of CBT,how it evolved and to where it is tending; the theories as to why it might be applied beneficially to effect each of a number of psychiatric/psychological disorders; and the discussions of the empirical evidence that support its usefulness in the treatment of a variety of disorders, The book is well-organized, understandable, and persuasive. Perhaps the icing on the cake is that it is also a good read. I suspect I shall read it and refer to it a number of times in my practice. For the record I am a physician whose residency was in family practice but I am now doing community psychiatry full-time. This book will continue to be one of my more prized professional resources.
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More About the Author

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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