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CBT for Beginners


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Table of Contents

1. What is CBT?
2. Who Benefits from CBT?
3. The CBT Model
4. Levels of Cognitions (Thoughts, Beliefs and Assumptions)
5. Structure of therapy and sessions
6. The therapeutic relationship
7. CBT Assessment
8. CBT Formulation
9. Setting Therapy Goals
10. Coping Strategies
11. Behavioural Interventions
12. Cognitive Interventions: Psycho-education about Thoughts and Beliefs
13. Cognitive Interventions: Identifying Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs)
14. Cognitive Interventions: Evaluation of Negative Automatic Thoughts or ‘Thought Challenging’
15. Cognitive Interventions: Working with Assumptions and Core Beliefs
16. Mindfulness
17. Problem Solving
18. Working with Emotions
19. Motivation for Change
20. Therapeutic Endings
21. Supervision

About the Author

Jane Simmons works as a Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health services in South Wales. She has previously worked as a project manager setting up an IAPT service in England. She has worked in the NHS since gaining her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2000 from the Oxford doctoral course of Clinical Psychology and also works in Independent Practice in Bristol. Rachel Griffiths is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in South Wales. She has worked in the NHS since gaining her doctorate in clinical Psychology in 2003  . Rachel has worked with adults with mental health problems in inpatient and community settings and currently works in a service for people with chronic pain.


Easily accessible by students, and bringing professional therapists up to date with full and detailed practical guidance, Jane Simmons and Rachel Griffiths present both an introduction and the current state of the art application of CBT. In their third edition, the authors have achieved the very difficult aim of making a practitioner guide to the most effective evidence-based approaches a pleasure to read.
*Dr David A Holmes*

CBT for Beginners explains how to deliver CBT to young people and adults in a simple and easy to understand manner. It is an excellent resource for students, beginning psychologists and health professionals.
*Vivienne Lewis, Assistant Professor*

The latest edition of this book retains the clarity of explanation and width of content required to continue as the best introductory text to CBT available.  The content is accessible and understandable to the novice practitioner and the use of case examples clearly articulate how theory is applied in practice.  This edition updates information on relevant legislation and treatment advances, and is a must for any student commencing a CBT related programme.
*Mark Gillespie*

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