This article is about the best books on CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy. There are many books out there on this topic and some of them are specialized to a particular disorder or set of disorders, but this list aims to be the list of the best books on cognitive behavioral therapy, regardless of whether you are using CBT for depression, CBT for anxiety, or some other psychological disorder.
- Mind over Mood by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky is currently one of the most popular books about CBT. It provides: “simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress–and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,000,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy–one of today’s most effective forms of psychotherapy–to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems.”
- Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns is another exceptionally popular book about CBT. It is a classic. Publisher’s description: “The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other ‘black holes’ of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an All-New Consumer′s Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.”
- The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution by David Clark and Aaron Beck. Aaron Beck is one of the fathers of CBT. Publisher’s description: “If you’re seeking lasting relief from out-of-control anxiety, this is the book for you. It is grounded in cognitive behavior therapy, the proven treatment approach developed and tested over more than 25 years by pioneering clinician-researcher Aaron T. Beck. Now Dr. Beck and fellow cognitive therapy expert David A. Clark put the tools and techniques of cognitive behavior therapy at your fingertips in this compassionate guide. Carefully crafted worksheets (you can download and print additional copies as needed), exercises, and examples reflect the authors’ decades of experience helping people just like you. Learn practical strategies for identifying your anxiety triggers, challenging the thoughts and beliefs that lead to distress, safely facing the situations you fear, and truly loosening anxiety’s grip–one manageable step at a time. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit”
- The CBT Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians by Jeff Riggenbach Although the workbook above seems ideal for anxiety and worry, this is a more general workbook and it is well-reviewed. Publisher’s description: “Theoretically sound, yet practical and easy-to-use, The CBT Toolbox guides you through evidence-based exercises to help navigate the road to recovery. For a client’s use on their own or for use in a therapeutic setting, this book will teach how to overcome unhealthy life patterns, providing fresh and proven approaches to help:* identify triggers for a variety of psychological problems * create step by step plans to improve self-worth * dismiss dysfunctional thinking * track and monitor anger * find calm in stressful situations * break destructive patterns in toxic relationships * defeat depression”
- Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety by Seth Gillihan is another very well-reviewed book on CBT. Publisher’s description: This “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.”
So, there are five awesome books on CBT. Most of them are workbooks, so they contain CBT worksheets, which are a key component of cognitive behavioral therapy. Within the next week or two, I will also be posting an article which contains links to free CBT worksheets that are available on various sites on the internet. While these are valuable resources for clients and therapists alike, often nothing can beat the continuity of having a good book to guide you. I welcome feedback if you know of other awesome books about cognitive behavioural therapy that I might have missed.
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