Change Your Life with CBT

Change Your Life with CBT : How Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Can Transform Your Life

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has already helped millions of people overcome their issues and move their life forward now it can really help you too.

In this busy, demanding and often stressful modern world, it's a struggle to find time to even think about what your dreams and goals might be, let alone work towards actually realising them.

It's so easy to get stuck in a routine, to opt for the easy answers, to feel a lack of inspiration and motivation and then wind up feeling anxious and depressed. Far from being an exciting or invigorating prospect, the mere idea of changing anything about your life soon seems hard work, scary and something to be avoided.

But your life really can be better than it is now - you just need to learn how to really believe it can.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, can lend a hand. It will help you change the way you think and feel about yourself, about others and about the world around. As you begin to feel more positive, more motivated and more confident you'll soon begin to realise that your future is fully in your control.

The scientifically-proven techniques of CBT are a powerful force to harness. Written by a leading psychologist, Change Your Life with CBT will deliver these tried and tested tools in an accessible package full of exercises, examples and practical advice and guidance .

So if you're feeling that your life has got stuck in first gear, or even stuck in reverse, and if you believe that the main thing holding you back is probably yourself, Change Your Life with CBT can help you overcome your barriers and start to achieve your goals at home, at work and throughout your whole life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 16mm | 395g
  • Pearson Life
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0273737155
  • 9780273737155
  • 168,316

Table of contents



Part 1 Understanding the CBT viewpoint

1 How can I change my life with CBT?

Time for change

The change paradox

Why CBT?

How does CBT work?

Introducing Mr Beck

CBT: the popular theory

Ideas at the heart of CBT: a taster

Can CBT work for me?

What would you really like to change?

Setting goals

Finally, making the decision to change

So now the big question: is CBT for you?

2 Understanding what makes you tick

Take a fresh look at yourself

The CBT viewpoint

Understanding how your thoughts tick

You have your own unique point of view

Resistance to change

3 Noticing your negative thoughts

Spot negative thinking in everyday life

Understanding emotions the CBT way

Negative automatic thoughts

Dysfunctional assumptions

Core beliefs

The forensic approach to your emotions

Unhealthy emotions

What to do with your Thought Record

4 Tracking and taming your 'thinking errors'

A self-fulfilling prophecy

Identifying 'thinking errors'

Beck's negative Cognitive Triad

Top ten thinking errors

5 Testing yourself to get better

Hot thoughts and triggers

Understanding your own CBT 'formulation'

Here comes the science bit

The Vicious Flower exercise

Safety Behaviours


Involving others

Reviewing the formulation

6 The 'Change Your Life with CBT' Plan: a reminder

CBT revision

Important reminder

Part 2 How to use CBT to make your life better

7 Riding the tiger: overcoming anxiety, panic, trauma, phobias and obsessions

What is fear for?

Where does anxiety come from?

Understanding 'healthy' anxiety

How to tame your tiger

Understanding your anxiety

The kinds of anxiety you can experience

Handling an anxiety attack effectively

Dealing with phobias

Dealing with trauma

The power of exposure

Dealing with obsessions

Exercise and anxiety

8 Beating depression: chasing away your 'little black rain cloud'


Specific triggers

The relationship between anxiety and depression

Symptoms of depression

Typical depressed negative thoughts

Activity scheduling

Understanding your depression

The main types of depression


Understanding and dealing with your depression

Maintaining your depression

Mood changers

Keep yourself active

Therapy or drugs?

9 Slaying the dragon: channelling your anger

The purpose of anger

Healthy vs. unhealthy anger

Being assertive vs. being aggressive

Repression vs. explosion

Understanding the roots of your anger

Understanding yourself and your anger better

The past is over

The CBT approach to anger

Learning to channel your anger

Be strong, not weak

10 Boosting your confidence and self-esteem

How to boost your confidence

Remember the 'change paradox'


Cost Benefit Analysis

Mindfulness and meditation

The way forward

The obstacle is the course
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About Corinne Sweet

Corinne Sweet is a leading psychologist, life coach, agony aunt, writer, broadcaster and lecturer, with over twenty-five year's experience. She teaches in higher and adult education and runs a successful counselling/ coaching practice from home. She regularly writes for various publications, including The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer, amongst others. She has also presented on, TalkSPORT, and still appears regularly on many BBC and independent radio stations. Corinne lives in North London.
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