• The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Primer (second edition)

The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Primer (second edition)

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Cognitive behaviour therapy is arguably the most well-known, most widely used and most accessible form of talking therapy in the Western world. It has been adopted by the NHS as the mainstay of its IAPT primary care therapy programme. It converts readily and successfully into online formats and self-help programmes. In this updated introduction to CBT, three of its foremost proponents and practitioners summarise its origins, principles, how it works in practice, and the research that underpins its widespread use. This second, revised edition updates the research and includes the third and fourth 'waves' of cognitive behaviour approaches and other more recent developments that have emerged since the first edition was published.


Chapter 1        The origins of cognitive behaviour therapy

Chapter 2        The theoretical underpinnings of cognitive behaviour therapy

Chapter 3        Cognition

Chapter 4        Cognitive behaviour therapy and the therapeutic alliance

Chapter 5        Case conceptualisation

Chapter 6        Cognitive restructuring techniques

Chapter 7        Behavioural techniques

Chapter 8        Methods of discovering assumptions, rules and core beliefs

Chapter 9        Relapse prevention and endings

Chapter 10      Cognitive behaviour therapy transcript

Chapter 11      Applications and developments in cognitive behaviour therapy

Chapter 12      Research into cognitive behaviour therapy

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The first edition of this book was a quintessential introductory text on the history, science and practice of cognitive behavioural therapy. This second edition is even better – thoroughly updated, informed by the latest research and clinical applications and expertly illustrated with clinical examples. This is a trusted guide for therapists, counsellors, psychologists and health professionals in training. 
Dr Gillian Todd is a CBT & CAT therapist in private practice, past senior lecturer and director of CBT at the University of East Anglia, and a trustee of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Praise for the first edition

This small book has it all. It explains CBT perfectly, and also helps practitioners in knowing what to expect and how to do therapy, manage patients’ expectations and help their patients achieve their goals. It also helps a lot with written assignments for whoever is doing any CBT, counselling or other therapy courses.
Online reviewer

This is an excellent and clear overview of cognitive behavioural therapy. The process of therapy is clearly explained using examples to illustrate specific points. I also like the ‘thumbnail’ description of the philosophical and theoretical background to the approach. We recommend this book to all learners on our courses (therapists, counsellors, social workers, nurses etc).
Online reviewer

Short but packed with practical, eye-opening ideas. All the basics of CBT in one small book.
Online reviewer

Brilliant book for doing a foundation degree in integrative counselling. Easy to read and understand, well set out and I have found it useful for assignments. Most of my class have now bought it.
Online reviewer

Rhena Branch

Rhena Branch is an accredited CBT therapist with her own private practice. She teaches and supervises on the MSc course for REBT and CBT at Goldsmith's, University of London. 

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Rhena Branch

Windy Dryden

Windy Dryden is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University, London, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has authored or edited more than 250 books, including the second edition of Reason to Change: A rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) workbook (Routledge, 2021) and the third edition of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: Distinctive features (Routledge, 2021). In addition, he edits 21 book series in the area of counselling, psychotherapy and coaching, including the CBT Distinctive Features series (Routledge). His major interests are in rational emotive behavior therapy and CBT; single session interventions; the interface between counselling and coaching; pluralism in counselling and psychotherapy; writing short, accessible self-help books for the general public and demonstrating therapy live in front of an audience.

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Windy Dryden

Jodie Paget

Jodie Paget is a BABCP accredited practitioner, trainer and supervisor. She has worked as a lecturer and supervisor at the University of East Anglia. She currently has a private practice in Norfolk and is co-director and clinical lead of a mental health charity in Norfolk.

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