Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: The Essential Guide helps with most, if not all, the mental health problems that beset humankind. This is because it’s a technique for harnessing the natural abilities of our minds and brains to our advantage.
Whether you feel depressed, anxious, worried, stressed, have problems with anger, or other challenges, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) works. It is the most proven type of talking therapy. CBT not only helps us feel better, it helps keeps us well. It is superior to medication for protecting us from future problems with depression, anxiety, or stress.
This book is a tool kit with all the essentials you need to use CBT successfully. It explains how and why CBT works.
Easy-to-follow methods for reducing depression, anxiety, stress and anger are given. Other methods help with past events that may haunt us, including through our dreams. Other step-by-step techniques show you how to reduce behaviours that although hard to resist, get in your way. CBT is part of a healthy lifestyle. Ways to maintain and increase your gains over time are described.
Whether you want to improve your emotional wellbeing, or help someone else, this book provides all the essential information you need to start feeling better soon and into the future.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
How CBT Works
Freedom From Your Past – and Present
Your Choice – Your Life
Maintaining and Boosting Gains
Sara Goldsmith Pascoe, PhD, works as a clinical psychologist and writer. Much of her current work is helping people recover from trauma and mistreatment. Whilst maintaining clinical practice, she’s worked in neuroscience research in the past, including schizophrenia, emotional development, and the effects of alcohol and nutrients on the brain. Sara is passionate about making the rich science about our minds and brains available to as wide an audience as possible, so everyone can use the information to improve their health and wellbeing.
Sara has spent most of her life in various parts of the United States, and now lives happily with her family in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK.
alexandra langendorfer -
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the Essential Guide is a reader friendly introduction to the discipline combined with exercises geared to its application. The book is engaging because Dr. Pascoe keeps it interesting. When describing the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, she provides insights into the lives of the luminaries who advanced the field. Then, she walks the reader through a series of exercises and surveys that make the reader focus on his or herself, personal goals, and the thoughts and behaviors that either get in the way or advance well being. Unlike many self-help books that grow old as soon as the next cycle of jargon is embraced, the principles described by Dr. Pascoe aren't tied up in catchy words. In that way, Dr. Pascoes's book is particularly refreshing. The value is in the exercises themselves and the time the reader puts into completing them and practicing them. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the Essential Guide delivers on the title.
Judy Foley, Philadelphia, USA -
Sara Pascoe takes the "scary" out of dealing with mental illness. Her easy to understand explanations of how the brain functions and step by step instructions for wellness are backed by research references, without once slowing down the pace of the book. Best of all, Pascoe offers reassurance and hope, rare and valuable commodities for people coping with their own or a family member's mental illness. A truly empowering tool, and indeed, an Essential Guide.
Tim, USA -
It's rare to find a book that delivers what it promises. Sara Pascoe's book does exactly that, and does it well. Written in an appealing and attractive style with lots of easy to understand examples, the book guides you through steps you can take to overcome depression or anxiety to gain control of your life. Truly, "a user's manual for your emotions."
Sue, Yorkshire -
Whether you decide to use this book as your own personal guide toward mental wellness, or to find a therapist, it's a worthwhile endeavor. In the first instance, it has clearly defined methods you can use on your own. In the second, it presents talking points and research to use in your search for a professional. It's an essential manual that explores a wide scope of the possibilities of achieving mental health.
Gill Jackson -
I have just finished reading this book and it is a great read. I have read a few books on the subject of CBT and this one is by far the best. This book is exactly what it says it is, "a tool kit with all the essentials you need to use CBT successfully". It is very well written and easy to understand. It breaks CBT down into manageable chunks so that you can work through the book at your own speed.
Laurel Ferris, MA -
Can something so simple as reading a book possibly cure depression? Studies testing the effectiveness of CBT self-help books as a stand-alone treatment say: YES. Trials show that people get less depressed after reading one and a three-year follow-up indicates the benefits are long-lasting. In the UK, securing an appointment with an NHS therapist can take up to two years. Why wait? For people mildly-moderately depressed, working through the exercises in this book can be a reasonable alternative to psychotherapy.
Simon Daubney -
Thank you. I found your book really useful and it has changed some of the ways that I help my patients. Not to mention a little MOT on myself once in a while. An Excellent and helpful book.
Gillian (via Amazon) -
I have just finished reaing this book and it is a great read. I have read a few books on the subject of CBT and this one is by far the best. This book is exactly what it says it is, "a tool kit with all the essentials you need to use CBT successfully". It is very well written and easy to understand. It helps you to identify the thoughts that are holding you back. It then shows you how to get rid of these thoughts by replacing them with new productive ones. It breaks CBT down into manageable chunks so that you can work through the book at your own speed.
Mr. S. J. Daubney (via Amazon) -
Thank you, I found this book very useful in understanding about CBT. It was well laid out and very informative and I would certainly recommend it to others.
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