Sunday, 6 May 2012
The Little CBT Workbook by Dr Michael Sinclair and Dr Belinda Hollingsworth
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy made practical. The Little CBT Workbook is a portable workbook introducing essential CBT techniques you can use to improve your wellbeing today. Filled with exercises, checklists and learning points, The Little CBT Workbook enables you to explore key CBT principles and discover how to apply them to your day-to-day life. As an interactive introduction to CBT, The Little CBT Workbook is easy to understand and gives a complete overview of CBT, suitable for self-teaching or to supplement a course of counselling - or to provide a head start for those on CBT waiting lists. Authored by practising CBT specialists whose expertise is regularly cited in media from City AM and Management Today to The Times and Daily Mail, The Little CBT Workbook helps you identify how you think about yourself, the world and other people, as well as understand how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings. Learn how to: Spot negative thinking Chart your emotions Set wellbeing goals Combat anxiety and stress Remove roadblocks to progress Establish new core beliefs Through step-by-step CBT exercises, goal-oriented summaries and action points, you can refocus your awareness and overcome fear, depression, anger, insomnia, stuttering and other issues which have been generating negative emotions and hindering your positive outlook on life. Understand how your thoughts may be affecting you and, crucially, learn how to change your mood and improve your ability to cope with feared or uncomfortable situations. The Little CBT Workbook enables you to become more familiar with the benefits of CBT, but also ensures you have the insight, tools and confidence to apply it to your own situation and put into practice 'wellness' behaviours today.
In the foreword of this book, an occupational Physician makes the valid point that when it is recognised that a patient requires CBT, it is unusual for this to be available straight away and therefore this book will be invaluable and will enable patients to familiarise themselves with theory and techniques before treatment can begin. As a former patient of CBT I think that this is a fantastic book which will enable many more people to get the support and techniques they need in order to begin their (often long and hard) journey to recovery.
The book is split into four parts: CBT and you; The 'C' in CBT; The 'B' in CBT; and What Next? The book is easy to read, follow and understand and is full of both theory and exercises to give people the opportunity to try some CBT for themselves. I do not believe that this book is a replacement for CBT with a qualified professional but is a resource which could be used while waiting for an appointment or more importantly, when therapy/appointments have finished, for patients to go back and revisit some of the exercises they may have completed in the past.
The RRP on this book is £6.99 which I think is a very reasonable price for a great resource!
I would recommend this as a fantastic and useful book which I will be keeping on my bookshelf for my low or insecure times.
I received this book through the Amazon Vine programme.