Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a Nutshell, Second Edition is a concise introduction to one of the most widely-practiced approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.

Leading authors, Michael Neenan and Windy Dryden, explain the model and the core techniques used during the therapeutic process to:

elicit and examine negative automatic thoughts; uncover and explore underlying assumptions, rules and core beliefs (schemas); and; maintain gains from therapy.

For newcomers to the subject, this revised and updated edition of Cognitive Therapy in a Nutshell provides the ideal place to start and a springboard to further study.

An Overview of Cognitive Therapy

An overview of cognitive therapy


Three people working for the same company at the same level and salary are all made redundant at the same time. The first person is angry because she believes she should have been promoted, not sacked; the second person is anxious because he thinks about the financial difficulties that lie ahead; the third person is hopeful because she thinks about the good opportunities that redundancy may lead to. These three different emotional reactions to the same event underscore a key idea in cognitive therapy (CT): namely, that our reactions to events are powerfully influenced by the way we view these events. By ‘tapping the internal communications’ (Beck, 1976), you can discover the thoughts and beliefs that ...

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