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Friday, July 21, 2017

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 7 Steps to Freedom from Anxiety, Depression, and Intrusive Thoughts - Lawrence Wallace

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is currently one of the most popular methods used to address a variety of disorders, including Anxiety, Depression, and Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, among many others. In this short book Wallace gives a synopsis of the origins of this technique, how it works, and the instances in which a CBT program on its own may not be appropriate. It is then followed by a simple 7 step process the reader with examples in each step that can assist the reader in beginning his or her own program. Throughout the book the author uses religious and philosophical texts and points of view that may assist the reader in processing the information, which include Buddhism, Stoicism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity. At the end the author provides resources, encourages readers to seek assistance from a trained person, and a few work sheets.

The book cover definitely caught my eye with a shadow person inserting a new cog into their head and I found it representative of the book's contents. I enjoyed the inclusion of the religious and philosophical texts and that the author chose a variety in order to help the reader integrate the process with his or her own personal beliefs. This text will assist a reader in deciding if CBT may be the solution he or she is looking for with it's readable explanations and process. Due to it's short-length, however, it is not in-depth and readers will likely need to pursue other resources or assistance from a trained counselor to proceed.

Recommended Reads:
What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD - Dawn Huebner
Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD - David A. Clark, Christine Purdon
Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior - Jeffrey M. Schwartz

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