An Introduction to Modern CBT: Psychological Solutions to Mental Health Problems

An Introduction to Modern CBT: Psychological Solutions to Mental Health Problems

An Introduction to Modern CBT: Psychological Solutions to Mental Health Problems

An Introduction to Modern CBT: Psychological Solutions to Mental Health Problems


An Introduction to Modern CBT provides an easily accessible introduction to modern theoretical cognitive behavioral therapy models. The text outlines the different techniques, their success in improving specific psychiatric disorders, and important new developments in the field.

• Provides an easy-to-read introduction into modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches with specific case examples and hands-on treatment techniques
• Discusses the theoretical models of CBT, outlines the different techniques that have been shown to be successful in improving specific psychiatric disorders, and describes important new developments in the field
• Offers useful guidance for therapists in training and is an invaluable reference tool for experienced clinicians


Mind over Matter: If you don’t have a mind, what does it matter?

—Benjamin Franklin Impersonator, Boston, Massachusetts

Psychiatric disorders are common and cause a high degree of personal suffering and financial burden on society. Psychotropic drugs are common treatments for these problems. These medications are among the most successful products of a highly profitable industry.

Psychological treatments, and in particular cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), are highly effective alternatives to drug treatments. CBT is a very simple, intuitive, and transparent treatment. It encompasses a family of interventions that share the same basic idea, namely that cognitions profoundly and causally influence emotions and behaviors and, thereby, contribute to the maintenance of psychiatric problems. The specific model and treatment techniques depend on the disorder that is targeted, and the techniques change as more is known about the targeted problem. This book will give an introduction to the modern CBT approach for some common psychiatric problems. Although CBT has become well known, there are still many misconceptions and “cognitive errors” (no pun intended) regarding this treatment, which is well on its way to becoming the dominant treatment for psychiatric disorders. My intention is to summarize the established empirically supported and efficacious CBT strategies, as well as modern and developing CBT approaches that still require validation from well-controlled clinical trials and laboratory tests.

The main message of this text is simple: CBT is a coherent model, but it is not one single approach. Because CBT is evolving and changing as more knowledge is accumulating, it is more accurate to view it as a maturing scientific discipline rather than as an assembly of specific treatment techniques. The reason for this is the strong commitment to the scientific enterprise and openness to translating and integrating new empirical findings about the psychopathology of a disorder into a working CBT model of the disorder.

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