44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 1999
This book is the most important book ever written in the field of cognitive therapy. Clearly written, informative, helpful to beginning and advanced clinicians, it is a classic. For anyone interested in learning how to conduct cognitive therapy, this book is simply required reading. Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, NYC
48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2002
As a training clinician I have read many other excellent texts on CT/CBT, however Beck et al's seminal work is simply priceless. Erudite, concise, occasionally witty and always humane, this book speaks to neophytes and seasoned professionals alike. Theory is presented with parsimony and seamlessly integrated with practice. The evidence base of the text is sound and one always feels that this text is not merely reactionary to psychoanalytic concepts. but a sincere development and deepening of our understanding of depressogenic architecture and its treatment. Read in conjunction with Beck's Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders, the beginner has a rock solid foundation on which to build, while established clinicians can always 'dip in' for a refresher.