Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond

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Since its development in the 1960s as a structured, short-term psychotherapy for depression, cognitive therapy has come of age. Today the approach is successfully applied in the treatment of a broad range of psychological disorders, an evolution reflected in the myriad titles now available. Regardless of the disorder, all these applications are based on core, underlying principles, which are clearly articulated in this volume. Providing readers with a solid foundation for practice, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond delineates the fundamental building blocks of cognitive conceptualization and treatment.

Written in a clear, step-by-step style, this text helps therapists sharpen their conceptualization skills, plan more effective treatment, expand their repertoire of techniques, and trouble-shoot difficulties. Throughout the volume, the author offers clinical examples and transcripts drawn from one patient's treatment to illuminate the narrative and illustrate cognitive therapy in action.

Introductory chapters describe how to conceptualize clients according to the cognitive model, plan and conduct the first session, identify initial problems and goals, and structure therapy within and across sessions. Then the basic steps for conducting cognitive therapy are presented, with specific instruction on how to identify, evaluate, and respond to a client's automatic thoughts. Effective strategies for modifying underlying assumptions and core beliefs are also explicated.

Methods for increasing homework compliance, preparing for termination, and preventing relapse are laid out. Even experienced cognitive therapists will find new strategies and insights in chapters on planning treatment, diagnosing problems, using imagery, and bringing about behavioral change.

In addition to numerous practical suggestions, this volume features a variety of sample patient worksheets and appendices that detail resource materials and reading lists for both the practitioner and the client. A final chapter offers guidance in progressing as a cognitive therapist.

An important resource for any therapist's shelf, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond is necessary reading for the practitioner or student new to cognitive therapy who wants to learn about this tested approach, and for the clinician already practicing cognitive therapy who wants to learn the cutting-edge strategies of conceptualization and treatment.

Customer Reviews:

  • Solid
    Cognitive Therapy is written for the psychologist but it's an interesting and thoughtful approach to a topic (mental health) that can be read by anyone trying to get an understanding of their own processes....more info
  • Exxcellent introduction and refinement for pros
    Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond
    Judith Beck does a remarkable job combining a framework for beginners with insights that can benefit the more advanced. I put myself in the former category, having been exposed to elements of cognitive therapy but never having seen the whole model laid out clearly. She is clear about objectives, methods, progression, and pitfalls--just what I needed....more info
  • Good for beginners
    This book is written with concrete examples of a very obvious cognitive case. In practice things are much more difficult or less approachable in cognitive terms. Still good to start getting a good idea about CBT. ...more info
  • Get This Book
    One of my all time favorites. I'm not an M.D., Psychologist or even a very smart person, but the lessons in this book about self-evaluation and rational observation are crucial for all people. True it's geared to teach the very basics of Cognitive Therapy in a Clinical setting; I must say its applications are nearly endless. Take me for example. With this book under my belt I feel as if I've been given years of therapy in only a few hundred pages. I'm not kidding you. Not only that but I can usually always put my friends' fears, anxieties and whining to rest simply by mimicking the scenarios found within this wonderful text. Beck is a genius, his daughter is his disciple. Are you all about observing your life in a more rational fashion thereby alleviating your negative reactions to what you believe to be "not the end of the world" problems? Or do you need help counseling your needy friends? All I have to say is Enjoy. I read it at least once every year....more info
  • Good for beginners
    This book is written with concrete examples of a very obvious cognitive case. In practice things are much more difficult or less approachable in cognitive terms. Still good to start getting a good idea about CBT. ...more info
    As a working adult, finishing my second Master's in Clinical Psych...and having NEVER acquired the art of speaking in psycho babble, I can say that Beck writes in PLAIN, UNDERSTANDABLE ENGLISH (gee, that's a novel idea!!!!). The older I get, the LESS impressed I become with academia and the more desirous I become of those who are able to communicate complex truth's in understandable fashion.

    Do yourself a the dang book!...more info
  • Great, well-written and deep introduction
    This is an excellent book for both clients and therapists. It presents cognitive therapy concepts without jargon in a straightforward and practical manner.

    This text is well-organized and covers all the most important points of cognitive therapy. It also does go well beyond the basics and makes a useful reference book.

    I have read a lot of books on cognitive therapy and this is my favorite. It is dense, yet very readable without a lot of unnecessary detail.
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  • Informative
    This book was useful and had many good resource tools in it for use in sessions. It was basic and I am next reading the challenging problems in therapy book by the same author. I believe that will help with those clients that are not so receptive to change and counseling....more info
  • Applications of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    This text has two clear applications. First, it is a very good summary of techniques for the clinician, with multiple examples of tools available to conduct and reinforce CBT sessions and to maintain close patient involvement with accelerated self-management over time. Second, for intelligent, well informed patients (of well-informed family and friends) it can serve as design for some very useful self-management tools (or, for family / friends, a way to develop support tools). While I would not recommend this book for a lot of patients, there are certainly those who are motivated and will quickly adapt much of what Beck covers to supplement sessions with their therapist.

    One of the key aspects to optimal CBT is to address automatic negative thoughts early, and to work on ways to manage them and replace them with positive automatic thoughts. Judith Beck outlines this process and clarifies the stages of a typical therapy course in a manner that lays a foundation and builds of the work to be completed.

    Perhaps, for the clinician, the greatest value lies deeper in the book where several approaches are discussed about techniques to consider when the earlier approaches have failed or yielded questionable gains.

    Overall, an excellent resource for the basics of CBT....more info
  • Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond
    I am a patient that got more help from reading part of this book than I have from 11 years of therapy...more info
  • Text for grad school
    The book is easy to follow. Cognitive therapy seems like a good way to go, if you like things simple and organized....more info
  • Cognitive therapy- a primer.
    Excellent source of primary information on the techniques involving cognitive therapy. ...more info
  • The Nuts and Bults
    This book teaches the nuts and bolts of Cognitive Therapy. I first read this book as part of a graduate course on cognitive-behavioral therapy and have been using it as a reference book and an occasional refresher ever since. The book covers the most important structural and content components of cognitive therapy. It is didactic in format and interspersed with client/therapist dialogue illustrating various techniques and problem situations as well as the phases of therapy. This book is proof that Judith Beck is both a talented teacher and practitioner of cognitive therapy. ...more info
  • Great Read!
    I purchased this book as a precursor to my, just getting started, undergraduate education in Psychology. This book provided me with a means to both understand cognitive therapy and its application. In fact, I do not think it gets any more rudimentary then this, but with that said, it offers practical information beyond just the basics. The book is gracefully easy to read and will keep you interested and actively challenges you to participate, using yourself as a focus to understanding the application of therapy, by asking you to challenge your own core and intermediate beliefs and automatic thoughts.

    While I'm sure cognitive therapy could be far more complex, if one sought to uncover its deepest understanding, this book offers a very practical guide for even the experts! Maybe I'm not qualified to say that, but it was a thought that crossed my mind numerous times while reading. "If I can understand this, without much training or practical experience, an expert on the subject matter could easily use it to guide and enhance their own application of cognitive therapy."

    Anyway, if you are looking for something that is both basic and offers depth and practical use for cognitive therapy, I don't think you're going to find anything much better than this. It is a fantastic book, and I plan on re-reading it numerous times throughout my undergraduate studies and into graduate school. It will no doubt, become a valuable asset in honing my skills and knowledge of psychology....more info
  • came as ordered
    The book came in a timely manner and arrived in new condition exactly as I ordered it. Very pleased....more info


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