I've spent the past 5 years amassing a huge amount of knowledge and skills in CBT. Below you will find my top 11 books that I have read over the past 5 years that helped my development. There is a short review of the content, if you click on the title it will take you to the books amazon page).
This is my CBT bible. It is the first place I look if I have any questions about CBT and often gives me a good insight into the basic skills and techniques that I need in my practice, as a bonus it has a number of online video demonstrations of the techniques it describes.
Written by the daughter of Aaron Beck. I consider this to be one of the best CBT books on the market. It elegantly takes you through the treatment of a client with depression on a session by session basis introducing the theory of CBT, the skills, and applications needed throughout my work with a client. Has many applications beyond depression.
Another go to book that I visit almost on a weekly basis. This book has hundred of techniques on how to do the major tasks within CBT. It will give techniques on eliciting thoughts, emotions, behaviours. How to elicit assumptions and beliefs, how to challenges clients thoughts and behaviours. A very applied book full of neat little techniques to move therapy forward.
A great book that introduces the idea of using CBT techniques to consider your own thoughts, emotions, behaviours when working with clients. Reflection is a massive part of being a psychologist and this book presents a number of models and techniques that help you become and effective reflective practitioner.
Anyone that uses CBT on a regular basis needs this book. It focuses on the behaviour part of CBT and offers practical advice and guidance on using behavioural experiments with clients. Often the most powerful technique used in CBT, this book offers example behavioural experiments for each of the psychological problems that clients present with.
As someone who likes to understand the ins and outs of a therapy this book helps to clarify some of the key values that CBT embodies and some of the ethical practice challenges that we face and CBT therapists. Anyone wishing to understand how to be an ethical practitioner needs to read this book.
I stumbled across this book one day and then couldn't put it down. This book strips CBT back to its constituent parts and helped me to understand CBT from a theoretical level. It took me away from the manualised treatment methods and put cognitive, behavioural, and social psychology at the heart of what I do. It made me a more flexible practitioner. Not only that but it helped me to understand the differences between operant and classical conditioning (something I struggled with for nearly 12 years).
A pricey book but worth its weight in gold. This is an in-depth explanation of CBT and how it works with many of the key psychological problems clients present with on a day to day basis. It's applications to the real world, descriptions of stages of therapy, and outlines of how to treat nearly all psychological problems make it a prized book on my bookshelf.
This book is a MUST have. I cannot express enough how much this book has helped me treat many of the core anxiety presentations that I see on a daily basis in clinic. It outlines the theory, model specific formulation, key skills, and treatment plan for each anxiety disorder. It is a crutch that I base most of my work with anxiety problems on.
One of the first books written in cognitive therapy. It outlines Beck's initial ideas in cognitive therapy, and once again offers a complete overview of how to treat depression from a CBT perspective. Of special note is the extent to which is explore the use of CBT with suicidal patients.
Considered by many one of the best self-help manuals in CBT. It has guided clinicians and clients in the pursuit of understanding of thoughts, emotions and behaviours for years. It's not as in-depth as some of the other books on my list but it doesn't need to be. Full of practical activities that help clients to become more flexible in their thinking and one I often get my standard homework tasks from.
So there you have it. My 11 must have books on CBT. If you have any thoughts or questions get in touch and I will be happy to chat more.
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