Cognitive behaviour therapy is now established as the leading psychological treatment for many psychiatric conditions, and numerous controlled trials have demonstrated its effectiveness. This innovative book provides detailed guidance on how to practise cognitive behaviour therapy with patients suffering from a wide range of emotional disorders.
The editors have drawn together contributions from acknowledged experts in the practice, teaching, and empirical investigation of cognitive behaviour therapy. The book starts with a summary of cognitive-behavioural principles, followed by a detailed account of how to carry out a cognitive-behavioural assessment. Subsequent chapters provide self-contained descriptions of how to use cognitive behaviour therapy to treat particular conditions, including panic and generalized anxiety, phobic disorders, depression, obsessional disorders, somatic problems, eating disorders, chronic psychiatric handicaps, marital problems, and sexual dysfunctions. A final chapter describes problem solving. Each chapter begins with a description of the condition under consideration, outlines assessment procedures and how to formulate the problem, and then takes the reader step-by-step through treatment, emphasizing how to overcome difficulties encountered during treatment. Extensive use is made of clinical material and case illustrations.
The book is essential reading for anyone wishing to use cognitive-behavioural treatment, particularly psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, counsellors, and general practitioners.