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Brilliant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: How to Use CBT to Improve Your Mind and Your Life (Brilliant Lifeskills) Paperback – 13 Jul 2009


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (13 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273724908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273724902
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CBT – what it is, how it works, and how to use it.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT delivers powerful tools you can put to work to dramatically improve your life.  

In this book psychologist Dr Stephen Briers clearly explains how CBT works, gives you plenty of exercises to help put the theory into practice and reveals it’s effectiveness through stories from people just like you, who have used CBT to turn their lives around.

 Brilliant Outcomes

  • Understand what CBT is, it’s methods and models
  • Put CBT to work to improve your mind and your life
  • Build practical, step-by-step strategies for tackling any problem

About the Author

Before training as a clinical psychologist, Dr Stephen Briers studied at Cambridge University, where he was later employed in child development research at the Winnicott Unit.

Today Stephen works clinically with both children and adults. His various television appearances include four series of the popular BBC parenting programmes Little Angels and Teen Angels and Make Me A Grown-Up for Channel 4.  He has also been a regular contributor to the Brain and Behaviour column in The Times Educational Supplement.

He lives and works in Brighton with his wife and two young sons.


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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Philip Jones on 20 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
Warm congratulations first to whoever was responsible for the look and feel of what is, an unusual beast, an attractive paperback! I picked this off the shelf at a WH Smiths at a Welcome Break on the M4. I was looking for a novel but the tomato red and light grey cover with bold text, combined with the useful engaging "hand-drawn" diagrams within, led me to slip it into the basket with my Guardian and a diet coke. As a coach and someone with a long background in helping with personal change I wanted to find out more about CBT.

Subtitled "How to Use CBT to Improve Your Mind and Your Life" this title comes from Prentice Hall's "Brilliant" series aimed at self learners. It mostly works well as a self help book - pretty substantial and apparently well informed. Alongside the attractive cover I was drawn to it in recognition of the phenomenal rise of CBT as the therapy of choice by much of the NHS and criminal justice sector in the UK. If you go to your GP with depression or are the kind of person who bashes others at pub closing time, you may find yourself on a CBT programme. The results are impressive with many evaluations by governmental bodies and those who promote CBT like the BABCP. Although of course there are a number of detractors - particularly those who see this briefer form of therapy as insubstantial in its failure to address underlining causes of problems.

Stephen Briers is a Clinical Psychologist who has come to be something of a media figure, appearing in a number of television programmes, including those about the parenting of children and adolescence. His experience of communicating to non-experts comes across and the book is very readable.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By read4life on 16 Dec 2009
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This is the first book I have bought and read on the Subject of CBT. It gives a good analysis of what CBT is, and has in its first chapter questions like 'Will it work for me?', which will help you decide if this book is appropriate or useful for you.
It goes on to ask questions like 'How disciplined are you?' and 'How open-minded are you?' which will help the reader on how to use this book.

The Brilliant Examples, Tips, Exercises, Insight and Technique are fantastic and compliment the book and its messages well. I have found this book as being a useful tool that I will use for years to come.
The following chapters have personally been very useful for me;
2)First principles, 3)Common Thinking traps- and how to avoid them, 4)grappling with negative thought, 5)Using behaviour to change your mind, 6)Mapping out your problems, 8)Conquering Anxiety and 10)Boosting self-esteem.

So you may ask 'Why not 5 stars???'. The only reason why I haven't given this book 5 Stars is because I didn't know much about this subject, and although this book has been very good in explaining CBT and how it can be used to improve one's life, I haven't read any other books on this Subject and so can't compare it to others to give it full marks. I would however Happily recommend this book, especially to those who are novices of CBT as it is explained well and shows you how you can use CBT effectively to improve lives.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Penny on 6 Nov 2009
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I like the 'Brilliant' series because they are well laid out and the consistency of approach across them means that you know what you are getting. This is one of the strongest amongst the series that I've read.

The book provides excellent advice on managing what goes on inside our heads. I have long struggled with my confidence and I tend to take things quite personally, but this book provides a good reminder and some practical exercises for disentangling the situations we face and how we feel about them (and therefore how we feel about ourselves).

The book is also quite a fun read. The author has a light touch and seems to know what I was thinking, e.g. he recognised my scepticism when I felt sceptical! Is the author a psychologist or a psychic!? Some good cartoons which were entertaining but also appropriate too. The book is a good complement to a book on confidence (called 'Confidence' by Rob Yeung).
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Alexander on 15 Sep 2009
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This book is upbeat and well-written. So much so, that it is hard not to be excited by the possibility of change. Dipping in (and hoping to avoid any hard work), I found myself reading on without noticing the effort. This is because the author successfully explains the complex principles behind the CBT approach in a way that will be helpful to anyone.

'Brilliant' is the best introductory guide I have read and I strongly recommend this book to everyone wishing to become more familiar with CBT and how to apply it to everyday life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 12 Nov 2009
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I bought this the other day and found its content very helpful and at times I feel unable to put down the book. I have found already that it is doing me lots of good. I recommend this thoroughly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob R on 5 July 2010
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Most people are unhappy with certain aspect of their personal characteristics, and would like to be able to change things about themselves. The skills learned in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy allow the layman to gently but effectively make those changes, without anyone else being involved. A nice concept. I bought this book knowing a little about CBT, and found it to be a good practical support for using the therapy. I have some experience of formally trained professionals using these methods, and can vouch for their effectiveness above many other more traditional methods. I have now bought three more for my children. Well worth a read, even if you feel you have a perfect character :-)
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