cbt a clinicians guide

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As a therapist in training, I hear frequently of CBT's effectiveness across the clinical and non-clinical spectrum. Most practitioners use some of it here where I practice and often in a shoddy eclectic manner. Dr. J's work is brilliant in the concise explication of theory, application, and examples it offers. However, this is an introductory text, so it remains rudimentary in nature.

The conceptualization model and maintenance mechanism are the core theoretical components in practical CBT. Dr. J's ordering of information and examples used occurs more cohesively than in other works I've read outlining CBT. Moreover, the text is replete with numerous activities, handouts, videos, and cases.

In theoretical explication, Dr. J utilizes empirical literature to support the cognitive model of core beliefs/schemas, intermediary beliefs, and automatic thoughts. I quite like CBT for how it connects present cognitive experience to fluid coherence-based belief systems developed from early experiences and biological temperament. This is where I believe I might be able to integrate it with depth psychology.

What I particularly enjoyed about this work is the use of two cases to outline the process of CBT. Susanne and Raoul's cases, 10+ sessions long, are great material to comprehend how every listed step occurs in natural practice. Furthermore, entire case outlines at the end of the text permit practitioners from different theoretical schools to compare their conceptualization and treatment processes. A fantastic read, one to keep on the shelf and to recommend.

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