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Change for the Better: Self Help Through Practical Psychotherapy [Paperback]

Elizabeth Wilde McCormick
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30 Jan 2002 082646176X 978-0826461766 Second Edition
`This is a helpful book and my experience is that patients who have read it mainly found it helpful. I can recommend Change for the Better to patients and therapists alike' - British Journal of Psychotherapy

`Change for the Better was the original self-help CAT book that has withstood the test of time.... It provides patients and quite a few therapists with an introduction to the basic principles of Cognitive Analytic Therapy in a readable and logically presented format. Unlike many self-help books, it manages the difficult task of making some quite complicated ideas easily accessible without becoming patronising or unduly trite.... I can recommend Change for the Better to patients and therapist alike. Its strengths far outweigh its limitations' - Dr Chess Denman, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Addenbroke's Hospital

`Many people with worries and sadnesses and the disabilities that go with will find in the book things that will enable them to relate to and use without the feeling that their problems or the advice they are given are weird' - Derek Steinberg, The Maudsley Hospital

This is a guide for real people living and struggling in real life, ordinary circumstances. . . it is full of humane, creative compassion for those who would like to change' - Counselling Psychology Review

Change for the Better is for everyone who has ever wanted to change, but has found that anything beyond superficial change is difficult. We may continue to feel stuck, helpless, and angry as old ways of thinking reassert themselves.

Presenting an easy-to-follow programme, this book helps to develop insights into the old patterns that govern our choices. It shows how to identify unhelpful patterns of behaviour and how to go about changing them in a realistic way.



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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (30 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082646176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826461766
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Change for the Better was the original self-help CAT book that has withstood the test of time.... It provides patients and quite a few therapists with an introduction to the basic principles of Cognitive Analytic Therapy in a readable and logically presented format. Unlike many self-help books, it manages the difficult task of making some quite complicated ideas easily accessible without becoming patronising or unduly trite.... I can recommend Change for the Better to patients and therapist alike. Its strengths far outweigh its limitations' - Dr Chess Denman, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Addenbroke's Hospital

About the Author

Elizabeth Wilde McCormick has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over thirty years in both private and NHS settings. She is also a teacher, trainer and writer. Her background is in social psychiatry, humanistic and transpersonal psychology and cognitive analytic therapy. She has had an interest for many years in the interface between psychotherapy and mindfulness and in the process of change. She is a founder member of The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy and the author of a number of books including Living On The Edge, Surviving Breakdown, The Pale Green Room and Your Heart and You.

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Everyone seeks change for different reasons - to feel less anxious, perhaps, to overcome debilitating problems like depression or phobia, to feel more in control of life, to stop making destructive relationships. Read the first page
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life 11 Nov 2003
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Ever since adolescence, I have suffered from periods of anxiety and depression culminating in a terrifying attack of obsessional/compulsive disorder three years ago. Desperate to get off medication, I trawled the bookshops for self-help manuals and chanced upon this lifesaving book. The clearly structured material helps you take a look at influences from your past which may have helped to form your attitudes and gives you strategies for overcoming negativity and self-doubt. It demands some self-discipline and application but the rewards are enormous. I feel I have an insight into my condition and know how to handle it. I feel free and happy for the first time in my life. My only regret are the lost years when anxiety and depression clouded my life. But I'm making up for it. I hope the author reads this. I'd like her to know how grateful I am.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Change for the Better is an excellent book for anyone who seriously wants to implement change in their life. This is quite a thick and "wordy" book, but it is still easy to understand. It will appeal to anyone who feels that many self-help books are quite superficial and don't acknowledge how difficult it is to change. This book draws on the principles of Cognitive Analytic Therapy. It guides you through the process of identifying why you need to change, how to gather information and how to implement change. I would recommend this book to anyone who cannot afford therapy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Highly Insightful and Subtly Life Changing 18 Oct 2006
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This is an excellent book which looks at a particular type of therapy (C.A.T.), used by some psychologists.

It explores childhood issues and patterns of behaviour, which many of us may not have recognised in ourselves before and it also offers a means of breaking these self-destructive behaviours.

Be prepared to be slightly shocked, but inspired, when you recognise yourself in the pages and are offered relatively workable solutions.

I would recommend this book to anyone who finds that they struggle with relationships and cannot understand where they are going wrong. It also offers insight into the fact that, whilst we have bad habits, traits and repetitive behaviour patterns, so do others. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, the people we struggle with in relationships come with their own behaviour patterns and we cannot change them. It is interesting to recognise others behaviour patterns and realise that we ourselves are not always 'solely' to blame for failing relationships, but need to change our expectations and 'types' to break the destructive cycle.

Provocative and inspirational reading. I defy anybody who wants to help themselves not to be able do it after reading this insightful book.

Excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a book for the layman! 9 Mar 2011
By salsa
I am using this book in conjunction with the therapy with a CAT therapist and find it very helpful. Also I read most of it first and that prepared me for what was ahead. Clear, concise and perfect for the layman like myself. I highly recommend it.
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