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An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications [Paperback]

David Westbrook , Helen Kennerley , Joan Kirk
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20 Mar 2007 141290840X 978-1412908405
`There is much to commend this comprehensive work: it is engaging to read, accessible in style and honestly conveyed. I will certainly be including it as a key text for our university's new CBT module next year. I am reminded once again that contemporary CBT is a therapy for the people; accessible, affordable, resourceful and client empowering' - Therapy Today

`[This book] is written in a very readable plain English format that gives the reader an immediate grasp of the concepts… [and] a great insight into the CBT model in a very structured and practical way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about CBT' - Eisteach, Irish Association for Counselling and

'This book has been published at the optimum time when references to CBT are ubiquitous, and understanding the principles of this widely publicised intervention is essential. A fine balance of the evidence base, therapeutic interventions and the practicalities of the key components of intervention promotes this text to a higher level of sophistication' - Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

`a worthwhile introduction to CBT and… a thorough overview of the approach that is well supported by research evidence. Written by experience practitioners in an accessible language, this book is recommended for those new to CBT. It is also a useful refresher for the more experienced therapist' - Nursing Standard, 4 star review

An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a beginner's guide to the basic theory, skills, and applications of CBT.

Well supported by research evidence, CBT has become one of the most widely practised and most popular therapeutic approaches. For those new to the approach this practical text sets out the core concepts and generic skills of CBT including:

" the method of Socratic dialogue

" case formulation

" the therapeutic relationship

" therapeutic strategies - cognitive, behavioural, and physiological.

The text then goes on to illustrate how these techniques can be applied to the most common mental health problems - depression, panic and agoraphobia, OCD and health anxiety, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder. Other, less common, disorders are also explored, as are different methods of delivery including work with individuals, groups, couples, and families.

This text will be invaluable to all those coming to CBT for the first time whether on training courses or as part of their everyday work. It will also be a useful refresher for those with some experience who want to remind themselves of core skills

David Westbrook is Director of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC) and a consultant clinical psychologist with Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (OBMH). Helen Kennerley is a consultant clinical psychologist with OCTC and OBMH. Joan Kirk was the founding Director of OCTC and is now a consultant clinical psychologist with OCTC and in private practice.


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (20 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141290840X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412908405
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 18.1 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Westbrook is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and was Director of Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC) until June 2012, when he stepped down to spend more time on writing. Before training as a clinical psychologist he was a psychiatric nurse, eventually becoming the nurse in charge of a specialist behaviour therapy unit in London. This led on to an interest in cognitive therapy, which has included training from many of the world's leading CBT therapists. He has been practicing CBT for over 25 years and currently works part-time in OCTC, doing training, supervision and research; and part-time as an NHS clinician, providing a service for patients with severe and complex problems. He is BABCP-accredited as a therapist, supervisor and trainer.

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'This book has been published at the optimum time when references to CBT are ubiquitous, and understanding the principles of this widely publicised intervention is essential. A fine balance of the evidence base, therapeutic interventions and the practicalities of the key components of intervention promotes this text to a higher level of sophistication. Westbrook et al simplify and enhance understanding of the approach, inducting the reader into the common quandaries and complexities of interpersonal interactions, when one of two is assuming the role of a clinician is a position of power' - Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

`[This book] is written in a very readable plain English format that gives the reader an immediate grasp of the concepts… [and] a great insight into the CBT model in a very structured and practical way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about CBT. It is well reference for those who like to explore the theories and research aspect further. It covers guidelines for supervision which is rarely covered in counselling books and looks at the pros and cons involved' - Eisteach, Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

`There is much to commend this comprehensive work: it is engaging to read, accessible in style and honestly conveyed. I will certainly be including it as a key text for our university's new CBT module next year. I am reminded once again that contemporary CBT is a therapy for the people; accessible, affordable, resourceful and client empowering' - Therapy Today

`a worthwhile introduction to CBT and… a thorough overview of the approach that is well supported by research evidence. Written by experience practitioners in an accessible language, this book is recommended for those new to CBT. It is also a useful refresher for the more experienced therapist' - Nursing Standard, 4 star review

About the Author

David Westbrook is a consultant clinical psychologist and Head of Adult Psychology Services for Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust. Helen Kennerley is a consultant clinical psychologist for Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust. Joan Kirk is a consultant clinical psychologist and Director of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. All three are founding members of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recent purchase 2 July 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is easy to read and delivers what it says on the cover. I purchased this over a month ago and is one of the recommended course materials for a foundation degree I am doing in Cognitive Behavioural studies. Each week we cover a chapter or two from the book. It is very informative and easy to follow. Great book and worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By Mental Health Nurse Steve McConnon 27 Mar 2009
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This is an excellent and easy read for anyone wishing to understand what CBT is and how its practice is broken down. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in this area.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner's book 1 Feb 2011
By Nell
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This book does what it says on the label, it introduces you to CBT. I would have preferred more detail but CBT works differently for different issues so it's not going to satisfy everybody.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The book gives a good insight into CBT. It's good for beginners, but I did find some of the text a little hard to fallow sometimes. I thought some parts of the book could have been explained a little simpler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource 14 May 2010
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An excellent resource for trainees and experienced therapists alike. Well-laid out and lots of clinical examples. Definitely one for the book shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommended 7 May 2009
By STRATTS
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I would recommend CBT to anyone it has helped me 100%
CBT is applied to many clinical and non-clinical conditions and has been successfully used as a treatment for many clinical disorders, personality conditions and behavioral problems.
This book is easy to understand and well written. It is simple to follow and put into practice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 2 Feb 2009
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This book offers a comprehensive and clear account of what CBT is and it's applications. Very readable, and an excellent resource.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory text
Good introductory text to CBT and covers some of it's basic applications to common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bug
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners and even beyond
Highly recommended to anyone just starting out. Bought this early in my training and found it invaluable for understanding the essentials of CBT. Read more
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Classifiquei-o desta forma porque foi um livro que esta na base da minha formação, muito completo e recomendado pelos prof. da minha faculdade. demorou algum tempo a chegar ...
Published 17 months ago by Pedro Miguel Melo Batista de Jesus Duarte
3.0 out of 5 stars Intro to CBT
This book is practical in its explaination easy to read and follow and a great introduction to CBT and uses good examples for good understanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for iapt trainees
I must admit that I have never been the world's biggest fan of CBT. One of the things that has put me off has been the turgid academic textbooks. Read more
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This is a great introductory book for people new to CBT. Very well laid out and topics broken into distinct categories.
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