Title Cognitive Therapy
Subtitle Principles & Practice Applied in Professional and Personal Life
Author Richard Parsons
ISBN 9781516544752
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 164
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cognella Academic Publishing (Eurospan Group)
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Description:

Cognitive Therapy: Principles and Practice Applied in Professional and Personal Life is designed to help practicing clinicians employ cognitive therapy both with their clients and within their own lives to build self-awareness and foster happiness and emotional wellbeing. By taking ownership of the cognitive therapy model, the text posits that clinicians can better assist their patients in the treatment of severe emotional disturbances.

The book is divided into two sections. In Section I, readers learn the core concepts of cognitive therapy and strategies to help them explain the cognitive paradigm to clients. Subsequent chapters address the power and functionality of human emotion, the difficulty of changing irrational beliefs, and the need to recognize and reshape different types of distorted thinking. In Section II, practitioners learn how to help clients experiencing cognitive distortions due to stress, anxiety, shame, guilt, the need for approval, anger, and depression. Each chapter includes clear and effective Directives for Practitioners, exercises to encourage self-reflection and personal application, key takeaways, and a list of additional resources.

Approachable, personal, and highly applicable, Cognitive Therapy is an ideal text for courses on cognitive therapy and any clinician who wants to help clients better understand the innate power they hold over their own emotional wellbeing.


Contents:

Preface

Acknowledgments

 

SECTION I: AN EMPOWERING PERSPECTIVE

Chapter 1: The A-B-Cs of Moods and Feelings • The Power Is in the ‘B’ • It’s Not a Direct Line of A?C • Clients Have Real Problems • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 2: More Than Pleasant Thoughts and Clichés • More Than Positive Thoughts • Does This Mean We Need to Become Emotionless? • Humans as Rational Beings • Humans as Irrational Beings • Combating Our ‘Irrationality’ • Now What? • The Good News and the Not So Good News • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 3: When ‘B’ Is Distorting Reality • Irrationality: An Everyday Experience • The Need to Recognize Distorted Thinking • Cognitive Distortions—Far From a Rare Experience • Seeing Thoughts as Hypotheses, Not Facts • Thought Record and Learning to Debate • This Is Difficult • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References


SECTION II: APPLYING THE A-B-Cs

Chapter 4: Stressing About Stress: Compounding the Problem • What Is Stress? • The Stress Response and the Influence of Cognition • Dysfunctional Beliefs Contributing to Stress • Combating Stress-Producing Cognitive Distortions • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 5: Anxiety: Monsters Don’t Die With Childhood • Anxiety: Is It of Any Value? • Danger Is in the Eye of the Beholder • Cognitive Distortions: Source of Dysfunctional Anxiety • Taming the Monster by Correcting Our Beliefs • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 6: Shame and Guilt: Two Sides of the Same Coin • Shame and Guilt Are Different, Yet the Same • Guilt and Shame: Do They Have Any Value? • The Problem Is Not the Act • Moving From Guilt and Shame to Regret • Toward a Healthier, Functional View • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References

 Chapter 7: Breaking the Approval Addiction: Moving From Need to Desire • How Did This ‘Neediness’ Start? • The Cost of Approval Seeking • Attack Cognitive Distortions and Move From Needy to Desiring • Freeing Oneself From Approval Addiction • Practicing Self-Approval and Appreciation • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 8: Gaining Self-Acceptance: Healthier Than Seeking Self-Esteem • Is It Truly ‘Self’ We Esteem? • Self-Esteem—Pursue With Caution (or Not at All) • Seek Healthy Self-Acceptance • Becoming Self-Accepting • A Self-Accepting Perspective • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 9: Anger: There Are No ‘Musts’ or ‘Shoulds’ Only ‘Is’ • Anger: A Common and Potentially Useful Emotion • Vent? Repress? … Or? • Moving From Irritation to Rage • Quieting the Roar: Challenging Distortions • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References

 Chapter 10 : Depression: More Than Sadness Gone Wild • Cognition, Information Processing, and Depression • Targeting Distorted Cognitions • All-or-None (Dichotomous) • Selective Abstraction • Attacking and Reframing • Movement From Depression: Additional Strategies • A Plan of Attack • The Take-Away • Additional Resources • References

 

Epilogue

Index

About the Author


About the Author:

Richard Parsons is a professor of counselor education at West Chester University and has over 37 years of experience in teaching counselor preparation programs. He has had a private clinical practice for over 40 years, working with those experiencing debilitating anxiety, depression, and other challenges to emotional wellbeing. Dr. Parsons also serves as a consultant to educational and mental health institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He has authored or co-authored over 90 books, book chapters, and professional articles. Dr. Parsons earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Temple University.


Target Audience:

This book is an ideal text for courses on cognitive therapy and any clinician who wants to help clients better understand the innate power they hold over their own emotional wellbeing.

 
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