CBT Worksheets

CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training

Non-Fiction - Self Help
144 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2016
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training is a non-fiction occupational, self-help book written by Dr. James Manning and Dr. Nicola Ridgeway. This book provides a compilation of worksheets for use with clients engaged in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In addition to providing sample forms, the authors discuss how they are used and provide demonstrative samples that address typical issues CBT clients may have. CBT Worksheets begins with a discussion of the importance of diary keeping by clients. While acknowledging that many clients are not particularly enthusiastic about diary keeping, the different types of diary forms illustrate that diaries can extend beyond the traditional concept of diary into cataloging thoughts, feelings, physiological responses, and behavior. Detailed problem lists are shown to have use in helping clients realize and chart the progress they are making as they continue with their therapy. Writing fosters a sense of detachment from one's feelings, the authors argue, which makes it possible for them to view things more dispassionately and gain a sense of self-reflection. Other worksheets help clients work through limiting beliefs and conditional assumptions and show how old negative rules can be molded into new affirmative rules. Lists of Regulatory Agencies in the UK, Glossary of Terms, References and Listing of Common Medications for treating Anxiety Disorders are included in the Index to this workbook.

Dr. James Manning and Dr. Nicola Ridgeway's non-fiction occupational, self-help book, CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training, offers the CBT Therapist in Training a comprehensive collection of worksheets with guidelines for how they are used in therapy. As a layperson who's read and reviewed several of the authors' other books on CBT, which were geared towards patients, I was fascinated to see how this book encompassed those others and built upon them. While I understand that it includes some exercises best worked on under a therapist's guidance, I found a number of intriguing worksheets that seem suited for individual work, especially the Safe Place Exercise, and consider the FMDS (Future Most Developed Self Exercise) to be absolutely brilliant. I also particularly enjoyed the chapter which discusses the human brain. The authors wrote this book in such a way that it will be easily accessible to their target audience, and the glossary is a handy reference/refresher as well. CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training is most highly recommended.

Divine Zape

CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training by Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway is another practical workbook for therapists in training, a must-have tool for any professional in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) who wants to take his or her work seriously and who wants to be taken seriously as well. The book is the work of genius, an evident result of long professional experience, research, and expertise. For most professionals, creating work tools can be very challenging as it involves a lot of discipline, research, and time, but Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway have done the job for both therapists and their clients. The title of this powerful tool can be misleading as it suggests that it is intended for therapists in training, but the material offered can be used by both experienced professionals and rookies in the field of psychology.

Readers will find a wide range of exercises and diaries that can be used for clients with different needs. I found Chapter 4 to be particularly interesting – perhaps because I have a strong inclination toward anger – and the exercises are well thought-out and formulated in an easy and very accessible language. This part of the book can help any reader – not only the professionals – to understand how to deal with the powerful emotions and limiting thoughts that can affect their emotional and psychological health. Apart from being a formidable tool for CBT professionals, CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training is the perfect tool for anyone who is committed to living a healthy lifestyle. Readers will find a ton of useful information in this book, gain clarity about their emotional health, and find the tools they need to transform their lives.

Gisela Dixon

CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training by Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway is complementary to a similar book written by the authors. However, this time it is geared towards physicians and health care providers who administer CBT. CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training is essentially a practice book with exercises that psychologists, counselors, and indeed anyone administering CBT to a patient can use. The book is broken down into several chapters dedicated to exploring moods, feelings, and thoughts in terms of diaries, various psychological models, anxiety and panic disorders, worry and rumination, and more. Each of these topics is accompanied by several tables, worksheets, and charts that are meant to be filled out by patients undergoing CBT. Since each worksheet relates to specific problems and topics, it is not necessary to read this book in a strictly sequential order.

CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training, as the title suggests, is essentially a practice workbook on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT. The exercises and worksheets in this book can be photocopied and used by anyone for CBT treatment. I thought some of the content was very similar to the other book on CBT written by the authors for adults who use CBT. In fact, it may have been a good idea to combine these two similar books together into one book. I also found some of the exercises to be simplistic with just a “do it/don’t do it” philosophy. Nevertheless, there are some useful exercises for patients and providers alike that may be worth trying in this book.

Maria Beltran

CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training by Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway is a must-read for practicing and CBT therapists in training for formulation worksheets that are highly useful in their profession. A form of psychotherapy that focuses on specific problems so that the therapist can assist the client in choosing definite approaches to their problems, CBT aims to treat depression and other mental issues. CBT Worksheets also includes exercises and diaries that can serve as guides for therapists when they select the worksheets that could best help their particular cases. Accompanied by explanations, these exercises, together with the worksheets, are very helpful. Handouts are also provided which can be copied and distributed to clients in the course of their CBT sessions.

In Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway’s CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists, practicing CBT therapists as well as those who are still in training will find a treasure trove of materials highly relevant to their work. This includes formulation worksheets, Padesky hot cross bun worksheets, thought records, thought challenging sheets, and several CBT worksheets and handouts that can then be photocopied and used during therapy. CBT believes that mental issues like depression have something to do with the correlation between an unwelcome stimulus and the response of avoiding it, which results in a feeling of fear and anxiety that is already habitual. As such, information gathering is very crucial in CBT. These sheets can be used as tools to encourage the clients to observe themselves objectively so that they can write down their thoughts and discuss concerns with their therapists without the danger of missing anything. Every practicing and CBT therapist in training should reserve a space in their bookshelves for this gem of a book!

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Anyone who has tried to help clients come to terms with the setbacks in their lives or even focus on their own recovery process knows that it’s not as easy as you would think. Even people who want to help themselves aren’t as motivated as you would want them to be to complete the activities that you request. But finding the right activities could make a huge difference and help them to overcome those setbacks much faster, contributing to their overall success. And that means understanding the models available as well as the specific sheets you can copy to use in your own therapies with CBT Worksheets.

CBT Worksheets: CBT Worksheets for CBT Therapists in Training by Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway is a great tool for anyone that works in the therapy profession. If you’re looking to help your patients overcome their own problems or setbacks in life, this book has the tools to help you. Whether they’re tools you’ve heard of before or new ones that you decide to try out, you’ll have no problem understanding them or putting them to use. All it takes is a little bit of time to read the plans or print off some worksheets and you’ll be able to help your patients and prepare for anything that might come their way as well. Dr. James Manning and Dr. Nicola Ridgeway have thought of just about everything you might need here from some of the best researchers, and your patients will be better off for it.