Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

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Daniel David (2006) Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Iasi: Polirom

Someone defined a good book as that "which is opened with expectation and closed with profit". The Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies is definitely one of those profitable readings that become permanent fixtures in one's professional library.

The book represents an admirable coordination of research and applied clinical material organized in 11 chapters. Although the variety of subjects approached is considerable, the volume is a unitary and harmonious piece of scientific writing.

The first two chapters deal with the evolution of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and the basic models of mental health and illness. Besides the accurate and comprehensive presentation, one is impressed with the fine balance between the approach of cognitive and behavioral aspects, and with the skillful manner in which the relationship and reciprocal influences between them are discussed.

Chapters 3-8 are focused on the "anatomy" of the therapeutic act, covering aspects of: clinical assessment and diagnosis (chapter 4), clinical case conceptualization (chapter 5), therapeutic relationship (chapter 6), cognitive and behavioral intervention techniques (chapter 7), and a concrete example of a cognitive-behavioral intervention (chapter 8). All these issues are approached in a "scientist-practitioner" manner, with attention being devoted to fundamental research as well as clinical aspects, making the reading appealing to a broad audience. The chapter on intervention techniques offers a particularly rigorous and comprehensive description of cognitive and behavioral therapeutic tools, and is filled with rich and diverse clinical examples, recommendations and materials. …