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Masterfully written with relatable examples, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks allows the reader to quickly connect and feel understood, and offers hope for those who are looking to regain control over their life. —DR. ROBIN ZASIO, Psy. D., LCSW, director of The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento, featured doctor on the A&E series Hoarders Cognitive Behavioral Th Masterfully written with relatable examples, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks allows the reader to quickly connect and feel understood, and offers hope for those who are looking to regain control over their life. —DR. ROBIN ZASIO, Psy. D., LCSW, director of The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento, featured doctor on the A&E series Hoarders Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has proven to be the tipping point through which many people are finally able to make significant changes and break free of anxiety and depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks is an interactive workbook that outlines a simple, practical plan that occurs over the course of 7 weeks, and offers real, tangible relief from anxiety and depression. This is a cumulative workbook—the work you do each week builds upon that of the last and, ultimately, creates a lasting CBT “tool kit” that will prepare you to handle future challenges as they come. In his private practice, licensed psychologist Dr. Seth Gillihan specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety and depression. He concentrates on the specific needs of each patient by using the evidence-based, solution-focused treatment principles of CBT—the fundamentals of which at the core of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks. With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks you will: Become familiar with the basic principles of CBT and understand how it works Define specific goals that you’ll work toward over the course of 7 weeks Learn fundamental CBT skills through guided writing exercises that apply to your current, real-life challenges Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks is the most comprehensive yet efficient workbook available for using CBT to address anxiety and depression.


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Masterfully written with relatable examples, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks allows the reader to quickly connect and feel understood, and offers hope for those who are looking to regain control over their life. —DR. ROBIN ZASIO, Psy. D., LCSW, director of The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento, featured doctor on the A&E series Hoarders Cognitive Behavioral Th Masterfully written with relatable examples, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks allows the reader to quickly connect and feel understood, and offers hope for those who are looking to regain control over their life. —DR. ROBIN ZASIO, Psy. D., LCSW, director of The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento, featured doctor on the A&E series Hoarders Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has proven to be the tipping point through which many people are finally able to make significant changes and break free of anxiety and depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks is an interactive workbook that outlines a simple, practical plan that occurs over the course of 7 weeks, and offers real, tangible relief from anxiety and depression. This is a cumulative workbook—the work you do each week builds upon that of the last and, ultimately, creates a lasting CBT “tool kit” that will prepare you to handle future challenges as they come. In his private practice, licensed psychologist Dr. Seth Gillihan specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety and depression. He concentrates on the specific needs of each patient by using the evidence-based, solution-focused treatment principles of CBT—the fundamentals of which at the core of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks. With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks you will: Become familiar with the basic principles of CBT and understand how it works Define specific goals that you’ll work toward over the course of 7 weeks Learn fundamental CBT skills through guided writing exercises that apply to your current, real-life challenges Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks is the most comprehensive yet efficient workbook available for using CBT to address anxiety and depression.

30 review for Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety

  1. 4 out of 5

    Varsha

    To people who know what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) is, there is nothing new in this book theoretically. However for people who are dealing with Anxiety and Depression and who don't have means to go through the therapy, this can be a very helpful book to pick up. It breaks down the whole CBT program into smaller *manageable* 7 weeks and prompt you to reflect and note down your thoughts, make small changes to your behaviour by taking up simple and doable activities and help work on your ne To people who know what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) is, there is nothing new in this book theoretically. However for people who are dealing with Anxiety and Depression and who don't have means to go through the therapy, this can be a very helpful book to pick up. It breaks down the whole CBT program into smaller *manageable* 7 weeks and prompt you to reflect and note down your thoughts, make small changes to your behaviour by taking up simple and doable activities and help work on your negative feelings. 2020 must have been challenging time for a lot of people, specially for those who deal with anxiety and depression on regular basis. I hope this review encourages you to take the first step towards taking care of yourself or your dear ones! :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Manderson

    Didn't get much from this book as the highlights are common sense. The takeaways: First get absolute clarity on where your strengths are, as well as your struggles. The clearer you are with identifying the issues (the stories you tell yourself), the clearer you'll be on creating solution. 3 Basic Human Needs: 1. Autonomy: The ability to decide what we do ourselves. 2. Relatedness: Meaningful connection with others. 3. Competence: Feeling like we're good at something. Be aware of unhelpful thoughts: - P Didn't get much from this book as the highlights are common sense. The takeaways: First get absolute clarity on where your strengths are, as well as your struggles. The clearer you are with identifying the issues (the stories you tell yourself), the clearer you'll be on creating solution. 3 Basic Human Needs: 1. Autonomy: The ability to decide what we do ourselves. 2. Relatedness: Meaningful connection with others. 3. Competence: Feeling like we're good at something. Be aware of unhelpful thoughts: - Predictions that are wrong. - Misunderstanding intent. - Misreading a situation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    AMS

    Great book...very PRACTICAL What i loved about this book is how practical it is. It clarified the theory they have for CBT! But at the same time gave very clear instructions on what one can do to APPLY this theory. I read many books on CBT, and this was the best by far... I would recommend you download the CBT application from the app. Store, its a GREAT tool to apply the thinking strategy of CBT in a structured way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Phoenix Perpetuale

    Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 7 Weeks by Seith J. Gilligan Audible reading. Good and structurally approachable on how to become your therapist and help yourself by continuing working with your issues after the work with a professional therapist. For professional people, this book might have some inspiring ideas on how to help people maintain what they have achieved. Book has a bit of theory at the beginning, then suggests a strategy, which I found excellent.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Robertson

    I've had my fair share of depression and anxiety in life and although I've never seen a therapist I've always looked for books on the subject as well as other psychological reads to better understand the subject. The phrase that caught my eye with this was "..learn to be your own therapist". As I've had family that has suffered from the same, I also realize that it can be beneficial in understanding loved ones and the struggles they are going through. Retrain Your Brain does a nice job of breaki I've had my fair share of depression and anxiety in life and although I've never seen a therapist I've always looked for books on the subject as well as other psychological reads to better understand the subject. The phrase that caught my eye with this was "..learn to be your own therapist". As I've had family that has suffered from the same, I also realize that it can be beneficial in understanding loved ones and the struggles they are going through. Retrain Your Brain does a nice job of breaking down CBT and its background as well as identifying the different types of anxiety and depression so that you can work to alleviate them. The workbook format is very engaging and the examples bring the points to life very effectively. ​I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mobina J

    Everything has a pattern in our mind. Why do I feel something? where does it come from? Why do I behave like that? And etc. This book helps you to find that pattern and look more deeply into your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. And after recognizing those patterns, it leads you to correct them step by step. Actually I enjoy this fact that, now when I feel something I know how to follow its pattern to find its origin. “ practice being patient with yourself as you find what works for you “

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gizzard

    Nice intro to cognitive therapy along with a good game plan to implement some of CBT principals. Mixing anxiety skills with depression skills seems to be the norm and I have no idea if they are meshed together in most people. However, since i have issues with depression, but not really with anxiety, it seems like only about 3/4 of the book is applicable to me. My bet is someone with anxiety feels the same way.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany | thebookishfiiasco

    thank you, Callisto Publishing, for gifting me this review copy! . in the mental health field, I feel like CBT leaves a lot of mystery for those who do not identify as using this approach. for me, personally, I utilize CBT regularly when working with clients, and to me, this book does a great job of giving you an introduction and understanding to what may feel mysterious or confusing about CBT, both for mental health professionals and clients. . my favorite part about this book is the workbook aspec thank you, Callisto Publishing, for gifting me this review copy! . in the mental health field, I feel like CBT leaves a lot of mystery for those who do not identify as using this approach. for me, personally, I utilize CBT regularly when working with clients, and to me, this book does a great job of giving you an introduction and understanding to what may feel mysterious or confusing about CBT, both for mental health professionals and clients. . my favorite part about this book is the workbook aspect of it. the activities within the book can be done individually, in a group, or verbally, and I feel you would experience a benefit from any experience. some people appreciate having a tangible tool to take home with them for practice, and as a therapist that does give homework, I value having access to these activities. . the one piece I struggle with is the ‘7 week’ deadline. when I say that, I know it’s not a deadline, however, I think for those struggling with anxious and depressed feelings and emotions, if they don’t meet this ‘7 week’ deadline, I feel it can evoke feelings of failure. I essentially will utilize this book without the 7 week marker, because I do find value in each of the activities. It’s a great tool to have available when you need it! . 4/5 ⭐️

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Ames-Foley

    accidentally stopped reading this for 4 months, i'll come back to it soon accidentally stopped reading this for 4 months, i'll come back to it soon

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    cheaper than my therapist who charges $225 an hour

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amber Sema

    This book was written with the intention of walking anyone through seven weeks of CBT who is unable to afford or access a therapist to personally lead them through it. It is designed for people struggling with major depressive disorder or anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias. Throughout the program, he brings up basic strategies specific to these disorders. You do not need to be diagnosed with one of these disorders to benefit from This book was written with the intention of walking anyone through seven weeks of CBT who is unable to afford or access a therapist to personally lead them through it. It is designed for people struggling with major depressive disorder or anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias. Throughout the program, he brings up basic strategies specific to these disorders. You do not need to be diagnosed with one of these disorders to benefit from the book. While the book is short, to get the most out of it, you should plan to read one chapter a week, and have a notebook handy. He often directs you to do thought exercises and answer questions in your notebook. In each chapter, you make a plan for what you will focus on the following week, including scheduling activities. After reading a chapter at the beginning of the week, you are encouraged to put what you learned into practice, and then reflect on it the following week when you read the next week's chapter. In Part One, he teaches you about CBT and other therapeutic methods in general, as well as provides basic information about depression and anxiety. In Part Two, you begin self-directed CBT. In the first week, you decide on your goals. In the second week, you check in with yourself and pay attention to the behaviors you had before deciding you want to change them, noting how they make you feel. In the third week, you begin focusing on thoughts and identifying your thought patterns. In the fourth week, you begin to try to change your negative thought patterns, which is one of the main focuses of CBT. In the fifth week, you focus on how you spend your time and how you deal with tasks. In the sixth week, you learn how to face your fears. Finally, in the last week, you reflect on what you learned and how to continue to apply these new behaviors and ways of thinking to your life despite not actively being in the seven-week program. I listened to this book as an audiobook free with my Audible subscription. I wanted to learn more about CBT in general, so I did not stop to write in my notebook and I listened to it all over the course of a few days, rather than once a week. I would recommend following the program as designed to get the most out of it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jimbo

    I liked it. I mostly breezed through this. I want to go back and follow the prompts and do the work to improve my mindset. The three stars shouldn't be a knock, just not has good as Feeling Good. I liked it. I mostly breezed through this. I want to go back and follow the prompts and do the work to improve my mindset. The three stars shouldn't be a knock, just not has good as Feeling Good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angie The Librarian

    The first parts were really interesting in helpful. The last parts, not as much.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I read this because I really want to understand the types of therapies that are available to clients for whom coaching may not be apt. This book helped me understand the basics. It’s in workbook form and would be good for people who are scared to start counselling. A great way to dip a toe in the water and understand what happens in that room.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ariane

    I listened to this and found it helpful enough to go ahead and buy the physical book so I could go through the written exercises. (One of the disadvantages of audio) I like the CBT methodology.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris

    Extremely helpful and easy to follow, I'd recommend anyone tries it at least once. Extremely helpful and easy to follow, I'd recommend anyone tries it at least once.

  17. 4 out of 5

    toya

    Read for a coaching assignment. Good stuff. Cool exercises that make you think and apply real-life situations to each chapter.. Would recommend it for anyone having trouble understanding the difficulties of managing depression and anxiety. Also gives insight for "troubled" people around you. Read for a coaching assignment. Good stuff. Cool exercises that make you think and apply real-life situations to each chapter.. Would recommend it for anyone having trouble understanding the difficulties of managing depression and anxiety. Also gives insight for "troubled" people around you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    Cool intro to depression/anxiety therapy, and once the author finishes with a whole bunch of definitions (I can appreciate how it might normalize different conditions, but it feels too academic to me), I think he presents most of the basic thoughts of CBT pretty effectively. I don't think reading through this book once will fix too much in our lives, but by working through the activities and really writing them out, I think this is a good start to affecting thoughts and behaviors keeping us down Cool intro to depression/anxiety therapy, and once the author finishes with a whole bunch of definitions (I can appreciate how it might normalize different conditions, but it feels too academic to me), I think he presents most of the basic thoughts of CBT pretty effectively. I don't think reading through this book once will fix too much in our lives, but by working through the activities and really writing them out, I think this is a good start to affecting thoughts and behaviors keeping us down - and might get someone into therapy once they see that it can be structured and contained like this book is. My big hangup with a lot of books like this, though, is that I feel like they're set up for white business professionals who have concerns about public speaking or getting raises, but once they realize how to relax more, everything else will just fall into place. [CBT is sometimes made to sound like our thoughts are entirely at fault for our poor mental health, not our life situations - but good therapists don't need to use it like this] For example, a lot of people understand that if they could work shorter hours, sleep enough at night, and eat well, their wellbeing would improve but for some people, a lot more needs to go into these changes beyond to-do lists, facing avoidance habits, letting go of what we can't change, and taking deep breaths. That doesn't mean this book won't help at all, but it does feel that much more pejorative and simplistic, when you take a systems-perspective, y'know?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    Definitely a book I will revisit. It has a lot of helpful tools when dealing with panic, anxiety, and depression. I started this book back in the winter when I was feeling really low and trying to do some personal development to help myself instead of being stuck where I am. The biggest takeaway is that our mind is not always honest with us, and we can let it spiral into making things much worse than they really are and learning that and how to talk yourself through difficult feelings is a skill Definitely a book I will revisit. It has a lot of helpful tools when dealing with panic, anxiety, and depression. I started this book back in the winter when I was feeling really low and trying to do some personal development to help myself instead of being stuck where I am. The biggest takeaway is that our mind is not always honest with us, and we can let it spiral into making things much worse than they really are and learning that and how to talk yourself through difficult feelings is a skill I will continue to work on as I know it is not all cured just from reading one book. That being said, I am happy I purchased the book, so I can go back when I need a reminder on how useful the tools available within these pages really are. Great Read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Lambourne

    This book is a great introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The bonus material and workbook style is perfect for beginners or as a refresher.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ivaylo Durmonski

    Full of gaps to actively engage with the text. This book with the extremely long-winded title Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety by Seth J. Gillihan wants to help us take control over our emotions and not let them make us feel helpless. What I liked about the book? It’s well structured. It offers a chance to actively engage with the text. The text is accessible and easy to understand. It clearly shows that the author wants to he Full of gaps to actively engage with the text. This book with the extremely long-winded title Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety by Seth J. Gillihan wants to help us take control over our emotions and not let them make us feel helpless. What I liked about the book? It’s well structured. It offers a chance to actively engage with the text. The text is accessible and easy to understand. It clearly shows that the author wants to help us take control of our lives. What I didn’t like about the book? It’s repetitive. The gaps that prompt you to write are, I think, frequent in order for the book to reach a certain page size. The text often feels like a strange mixture of a productivity planner full of general self-help advice. Despite the above, Retrain Your Brain offers three great things. First, an excellent introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy. Second, a well-defined plan to help us fight our demons. Third, a peek behind a curtain of what therapists do in their sessions. The book is full of talks with patients, and reading about what people struggle with helps you build resilience. Plus, it shows you that you’re not the only one possessed by damaging thoughts. Key takeaway: It’s not what happens to us that’s important. It’s how we interpret the event. Our thoughts influence our feelings, and our feelings control our behavior. The more we fear something. The more we’ll avoid doing it. Which further reinforces our fears and negative feelings. To escape this negative loop. We need to face our fears. Full summary: https://durmonski.com/book-summaries/...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    This book centers on the goals of CBT and how you can make them user friendly. The beginning is less practical and more a primer on what CBT is, its history and comparative approaches. The meat of the book centers on noticing negative emotional states and identifying the thought patterns that do not serve you. This step also invites you to challenge these thoughts with the goal to realize that many are not true. The rest, you can combat by identifying the worst case scenario. The next step was sur This book centers on the goals of CBT and how you can make them user friendly. The beginning is less practical and more a primer on what CBT is, its history and comparative approaches. The meat of the book centers on noticing negative emotional states and identifying the thought patterns that do not serve you. This step also invites you to challenge these thoughts with the goal to realize that many are not true. The rest, you can combat by identifying the worst case scenario. The next step was surprising and practical. Part of anxiety is the maladaptive reaction overwhelm and this step focuses on managing overwhelm by identifying all that must be done, ordering it by priority, and approaching it by breaking down each step into small, manageable blocks. If those are too overwhelming, go ahead and break em down again. Another point this book makes regards the maladaprive response of avoidance. Gillihan makes the case that in order to confront anxiety, we must confront and systematically desensitize ourselves to the fears that cause it. It was an unwelcome realization that anxiety doesn't just "go away" with CBT, you actually have to do work to confront the shit that causes it. I think that's probably the reason why this book has poor ratings. Even so, I think it's worth the read for the lay person interested in the tactics of CBT. Not a replacement for the accountability of talking to a real person though, I would imagine.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brian Sachetta

    I thought this was a great and informative read on a proven form of treatment for anxiety and depression. There were several things I liked about it, most notably its clear and easy-to-understand style. The author breaks anxiety and depression down in simple, relatable, and straightforward terms. Then he provides helpful, concrete strategies for dealing with them. For example, he says that we need to take a serious look at our thoughts — both our habitual ones and those related to specific events I thought this was a great and informative read on a proven form of treatment for anxiety and depression. There were several things I liked about it, most notably its clear and easy-to-understand style. The author breaks anxiety and depression down in simple, relatable, and straightforward terms. Then he provides helpful, concrete strategies for dealing with them. For example, he says that we need to take a serious look at our thoughts — both our habitual ones and those related to specific events — and change them if they’re not serving us. I also loved the author’s focus on injecting fun and rewarding behaviors into our lives in order to ward off negative feelings. As he states, CBT focuses on these behavioral changes first because that’s the easiest way to start moving ourselves in a better direction; doing fun things can have a quick, antidepressant-like effect. The book isn’t a romanticized look at either condition, either. Instead, it’s a practical dive into how we can heal ourselves through proven means. Some of those other means include regular exercise and methodical exposure to our fears. Most helpfully, and most importantly, all this great information is wrapped up in a workbook-style fashion that forces readers to apply its takeaways to their own lives and take steps to improve their situations. It packs a punch, and I think it will help a lot of folks who read it. Definitely check it out. -Brian Sachetta Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emlyn Zolner

    I only found this book to be partially beneficial. It has general information on CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). It’s good for those who know nothing about CBT, and have the more common issues described in this book. However for me, having GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and anxiety-induced insomnia, I felt the information and suggestions offered were limited. Insomnia was only discussed briefly (literally 1 page). I felt like most of the topics discussed didn’t pertain to me. I also didn’ I only found this book to be partially beneficial. It has general information on CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). It’s good for those who know nothing about CBT, and have the more common issues described in this book. However for me, having GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and anxiety-induced insomnia, I felt the information and suggestions offered were limited. Insomnia was only discussed briefly (literally 1 page). I felt like most of the topics discussed didn’t pertain to me. I also didn’t like how about half the book is reserved for the reader to write in. This method of self-reflection may work for some people, but I’m someone who thrives from immediate feedback, say, from an in-person therapy session. I did enjoy the section where you write down “activities” (things you want to do, but can’t due to your anxiety, depression, etc.) rate them, the accomplish them one by one. I did learn to acknowledge my constant negative thoughts, analyze them, and challenge them. So in that sense, the book had done its job. I just feel like there’s probably better books out there on the subject of CBT.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ankita Sharma

    Social anxiety disorder - strong fear of social disorder Panic disorder - unexpected panic at sone points. It’s like an alarm going on. Flight and fight response. Faster breathing. Depression 1. Major depressive disorder - lose interest in all activities , sleep , food habit changes. Trouble sleeping. Maybe suicidal thinking. Complete loss in everything. 2. Persistent depressive disorder - depressed most of time for 2 years. Milder than 1. Better when good things happen. 3. Pre menstrual disorder Social anxiety disorder - strong fear of social disorder Panic disorder - unexpected panic at sone points. It’s like an alarm going on. Flight and fight response. Faster breathing. Depression 1. Major depressive disorder - lose interest in all activities , sleep , food habit changes. Trouble sleeping. Maybe suicidal thinking. Complete loss in everything. 2. Persistent depressive disorder - depressed most of time for 2 years. Milder than 1. Better when good things happen. 3. Pre menstrual disorder - first part of menstrual cycle, not PMS. Volatile mood swings. Depressed. Important things in life Autonomy to life Self Confidence Don’t get to the bottom of why you are depressed …that’s a rabbit hole, try to think how to get well and focus on solution. Involve in activities that make you feel good. And they correspond to your values. Long term value - activity mapping is often useful to create baseline of “your ideology”. Take yourselves less seriously, improve from a third person perspective, and don’t penalize for mistakes. We are humans. Breaking down a problem and solving it helps. Always.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This is my spring self-help book. Retrain Your Brain has great exercises for you to reframe your thinking on your habits and activities. I like it in the spring because it sets you up to try new things (and a new way of looking at things) for the summer, when there's just generally more opportunity to do so (hello, northeast seasons). Overall, Retrain Your Brain is insightful and actionable. I'll sum it up as: there's a lot of gold in your life, but sometimes you need to either dig for it or find This is my spring self-help book. Retrain Your Brain has great exercises for you to reframe your thinking on your habits and activities. I like it in the spring because it sets you up to try new things (and a new way of looking at things) for the summer, when there's just generally more opportunity to do so (hello, northeast seasons). Overall, Retrain Your Brain is insightful and actionable. I'll sum it up as: there's a lot of gold in your life, but sometimes you need to either dig for it or find new ways to find the gold. Retrain Your Brain is the roadmap to do so. About me (to give my review context): I like fun but smart books: light stories that don't make you feel less intelligent for reading them. Top books include: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, ALL Elin Hilderbrand, Bridget Jones's Diary, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, The Help, and The Last Mrs. Parrish.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Burden

    I don't exactly have MAJOR anxiety or depression, but I was feeling like I wasn't moving forward and accomplishing what I wanted to do, and I figured a book on CBT might be interesting to explore to get things moving. Turned out it was PERFECT! The worksheets were interesting to fill out, and it made you take a good look at how negative thinking is not only often inaccurate, but it holds you back from being all you can be. It also gets you to look at exactly HOW your are spending your time durin I don't exactly have MAJOR anxiety or depression, but I was feeling like I wasn't moving forward and accomplishing what I wanted to do, and I figured a book on CBT might be interesting to explore to get things moving. Turned out it was PERFECT! The worksheets were interesting to fill out, and it made you take a good look at how negative thinking is not only often inaccurate, but it holds you back from being all you can be. It also gets you to look at exactly HOW your are spending your time during the day, and where you can perhaps find time to do those activities that support your goals in life. I highly recommend this book whether you have depression and anxiety or not.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rena

    This is such a good book. I have used the exercises again and again. Although I have had anxiety and depression it is not lasting as long and I am able to feel like I can gain ground. This book helped me so much that I want to do CBT for other areas of my life. I took my time and did almost every exercise in the book. At first, I had to do it on paper but now I am able to do it mentally much easier. But when I have an issue I go back to the charts that he has and it again is just as helpful. The This is such a good book. I have used the exercises again and again. Although I have had anxiety and depression it is not lasting as long and I am able to feel like I can gain ground. This book helped me so much that I want to do CBT for other areas of my life. I took my time and did almost every exercise in the book. At first, I had to do it on paper but now I am able to do it mentally much easier. But when I have an issue I go back to the charts that he has and it again is just as helpful. The biggest thing I learned was that my thoughts preceed my emotions. I always seem to have the emotion first. But I am learning every day that this is not the case.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Marmar

    A reference book used for those that CBT works for. I have found that CBT does not work so well for those that have suffered from severe trauma, and is wonderful for college students to change behavior. When there is an intent with the heart to actually connect to the people that the traumatized are trying to communicate with the skills can be used successfully. Without the intent of the heart, and instead an intent to manipulate or in an effort to try to change others CBT is just that; manipula A reference book used for those that CBT works for. I have found that CBT does not work so well for those that have suffered from severe trauma, and is wonderful for college students to change behavior. When there is an intent with the heart to actually connect to the people that the traumatized are trying to communicate with the skills can be used successfully. Without the intent of the heart, and instead an intent to manipulate or in an effort to try to change others CBT is just that; manipulation, and oneupmanship! As this is a reference book I do keep it on a shelf for as needed, stressing that it is to be used only with the intent of the heart and connection to people who matter!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan H. LATER

    The material makes sense but it would probably help to have someone to talk to. A therapist However, the attempt to help you is there within the information but the practice of it is something else. The examples could have been more realistic as well. I think a more common anxiety is asking someone out or approaching someone new. No one cares about dogs or being scared of a puppy. It needs some work for me to think this person has actually worked on real people if the most likely example you will p The material makes sense but it would probably help to have someone to talk to. A therapist However, the attempt to help you is there within the information but the practice of it is something else. The examples could have been more realistic as well. I think a more common anxiety is asking someone out or approaching someone new. No one cares about dogs or being scared of a puppy. It needs some work for me to think this person has actually worked on real people if the most likely example you will provide is being frightening of dogs 🐕 I do recommend you read it though. I don't hate it. 4 stars is actually high, so I must have found some value within.

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