Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: An Introduction

November 8, 2012

Authors: Diana Sanders and Frank Wills

Edition: Third

Publisher: Sage

Pages: 352

Price: £75.00 and £24.99

ISBN: 9781849205641 and 05658

This clearly written textbook covers the main components required for introductory training in cognitive behavioural therapy, using the extensive available evidence base. It progresses logically from the first chapter on theory to several covering interventions, giving the reader an in-depth view of each area. Each chapter ends with suggested further reading, which is a helpful alignment with the topic that has just been discussed.

The chapter on developing the therapeutic alliance and collaborative CBT will be vitally important for the novice therapist. And the use of therapist statements and case studies gives the reader a flavour of practice. Crucial, too, is the demonstration of reflecting on one's own practice and the role of the self as a therapist.

The chapters about the practice of CBT chapters are of the high standard expected for this topic area and are clearly described with adequate diagrams and examples from clinical practice. Cognitive and metacognitive interventions are presented separately from emotional interventions, which provides clarity for the novice reader without losing the interplay and reliance between the two.

The book's up-to-date content is evident in a chapter that covers mindfulness and the third wave developments in CBT, and another that looks at schema-focused therapy. Again, case studies are provided to demonstrate application of the techniques described, and the progression of these approaches over the past few years and synergy with CBT are adequately debated.

The section of the book devoted to how CBT is applied in practice gives even more clinical examples and offers a good consolidation of the previous chapters.

A final chapter on CBT and the NHS' Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme brings the approach up to date with a look at current service delivery. The experiential presentation of this chapter (a qualitative study of employees of the IAPT) is helpful for those wishing to pursue a career as a psychological well-being practitioner via its insights into this type of working.

Who is it for? The strength of this book is its blend of research and practice, making it of interest to both academic and non-academic readers. It is suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Presentation: Provides a comprehensive and current review of research and practice in CBT and related approaches relevant to the UK.

Would you recommend it? Yes.

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