An updated edition of the bestselling guide on reprogramming one's negative thoughts and behaviour
Once the province of mental health professionals, CBT (or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) has gained wide acceptance as the treatment of choice for anyone looking to overcome anxiety, lose weight, manage anger, beat an addiction, or simply gain a new outlook on life. Written by two CBT therapists, this bestselling guide helps you apply the principles of CBT in your everyday life-allowing you to spot errors in your thinking; tackle toxic thoughts; refocus and retrain your awareness; and finally, stand up to and become free of the fear, depression, anger, and obsessions that have been plaguing you.
- Includes tips on establishing ten healthy attitudes for living as well as ten ways to lighten up
- Helps you chart a path by defining problems and setting goals
- Offers advice on taking a fresh look at your past, overcoming any obstacles to progress as well as ways to maintain your CBT gains
- Includes new and refreshed content, including chapters on how to beat an addiction and overcome body image issues
With indispensable advice on finding your way out of the debilitating maze of negative thoughts and actions, the book is brimming with invaluable suggestions that will have even a confirmed pessimist well armed for the journey forward.
About the Authors
Rhena Branch and Rob Willson are CBT therapists who work in private practice in North London. They both teach and supervise the MSc CBT course at Goldsmiths, having previously worked at The Priory clinic in London. They are the co-authors of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook For Dummies and Boosting Self-Esteem For Dummies.
Part I: Introducing CBT Basics.
Chapter 1: You Feel the Way You Think.
Chapter 2: Spotting Errors in Your Thinking.
Chapter 3: Tackling Toxic Thoughts.
Chapter 4: Behaving like a Scientist: Designing and Conducting Behavioural Experiments.
Chapter 5: Pay Attention! Refocusing and Retraining Your Awareness.
Part II: Charting the Course: Defining Problems and Setting Goals.
Chapter 6: Exploring Emotions.
Chapter 7: Identifying Solutions That Cause You Problems.
Chapter 8: Setting Your Sights on Goals.
Part III: Putting CBT Into Action.
Chapter 9: Standing Up to Anxiety and Facing Fear.
Chapter 10: Abolishing Addictions.
Chapter 11: Beating Body Image Blues.
Chapter 12: Deconstructing and Demolishing Depression.
Chapter 13: Overcoming Obsessions.
Chapter 14: Overcoming Low Self-esteem and Accepting Yourself.
Chapter 15: Cooling Down Your Anger.
Part IV: Looking Backwards and Moving Forwards.
Chapter 16: Taking a Fresh Look at Your Past.
Chapter 17: Moving New Beliefs from Your Head to Your Heart.
Chapter 18: Heading for a Healthier and Happier Life.
Chapter 19: Overcoming Obstacles to Progress.
Chapter 20: Psychological Gardening: Maintaining Your CBT Gains.
Chapter 21: Working with the Professionals.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten Healthy Attitudes for Living.
Chapter 23: Ten Self-Esteem Boosters That Don’t Work.
Chapter 24: Ten Ways to Lighten Up.
Chapter 25: Ten Books to Add to Your Library.
Appendix A: Resources.
Appendix B: Forms.