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.

Identifying and Examining Negative Automatic Thoughts

Identifying and examining negative automatic thoughts

As we discussed in Chapter 1, three levels of cognitions (thoughts and beliefs) are usually targeted for identification and evaluation in CT. The most readily accessible are the situation-specific negative automatic thoughts (NATs) which are the subject of this chapter.1 Sometimes these thoughts can be easy to detect. For example, a person with a tray of food trips over while walking to a table in a crowded restaurant and the food lands on several people sitting close by. His mind is immediately flooded with distressing thoughts: ‘Oh shit! I'm such a clumsy bastard. It's a disaster. I've got to get out of here. Why did this happen to me?’ He apologizes profusely and somewhat ...

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