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'Simmons and Griffiths provide a well thought-out introduction to the subject area of standard CBT. This text should be on the shelves of trainee cognitive behavioural psychotherapists for a considerable time to come' - Dr Alec Grant, University of Brighton

This practical guide to cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) will interest a wide range of professionals and trainees across health and social care. Focusing on case formulation, the authors show how to build a 'picture' of each individual client, using their case history to inform interventions. The book covers the fundamentals of practicing CBT such as:

- the CBT model and how to explain it to clients

- CBT assessment and formulation

- cognitive and behavioural interventions

Packed full of practical features like exercises, case dialogue and therapy materials, the book also covers a range of extra topics including:

- assessing referrals for suitability

- working with motivational issues

- getting the most out of supervision.

- managing therapeutic endings.

Given the abundance of CBT texts available and the host of theoretical and conflicting positions that have arisen, it can be difficult for trainees to get to grips with the practical skills necessary to carry out CBT effectively. The book addresses this by equipping the CBT therapist with the essential nuts and bolts to practice CBT with confidence.

Dr Jane Simmons and Dr Rachel Griffiths are practising NHS Adult Mental Health Clinical Psychologists.

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