For treating depressive patients I used the standard works by A. Beck (Cognitive Therapy of Depression) and J. Beck (Cognitive Therapy. Basics and Beyond) until now. Gilbert gives a cognitive frame-work for the treatment, too, but he offers a much wider scope of ideas and approaches including a variety of insights from emotion and evolutionary psychocological research. He also adds some very practical examples from his own practice. I could integrate these ideas directly into my own practice. An extremely helpful book for counseling depressive patients with a wide scope of ideas.
Valuable scientific information for treatment of depression indeed, however just as valuable for treating stress, anxiety or any other mind and brain related therapies. Contains an abundance of knowledge, information, suggestions and approaches. This is a book for the health care professional, and if you are such, a book you must have in your collection! Such an inspiring and fascinating read.