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Idiot's Guides: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Eileen Bailey, Dr. Jayme Albin

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Introduction

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is different from traditional “talk” therapy. It is based on delving into your current thought processes rather than your past experiences. It requires your active participation in the process of getting better. You complete homework assignments to practice skills and techniques. When you work with a therapist, it is a collaborative effort, working together to set goals and prioritize issues.

CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a range of issues, including depression and anxiety. The methods described in this book help you look at your thoughts, not just as thoughts, but also as precursors to your emotions and behaviors. Once you understand your thought process, you have the choice to ...

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