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Cognitive Therapy Techniques

Second Edition
A Practitioner's Guide

Robert L. Leahy

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March 3, 2017
ISBN 9781462528226
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517 Pages
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This indispensable book has given many tens of thousands of practitioners a wealth of evidence-based tools for maximizing the power of cognitive therapy and tailoring it to individual clients. Leading authority Robert L. Leahy describes ways to help clients identify and modify problematic thoughts, core beliefs, and patterns of worry, self-criticism, and approval-seeking; evaluate personal schemas; cope with painful emotions; and take action to achieve their goals. Each technique includes vivid case examples and sample dialogues. Featuring 123 reproducible forms, the book has a large-size format for easy photocopying; purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition

“Leahy writes in the first person with an easy to read style. It is always a pleasure to read his work and listen to his lectures….One strength of the book is the presentation of over 120 clinical and teaching forms….This new edition focuses on improvements within CBT over the last many years including metacognitive modeling, behavioral activation, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. It also includes compassion-focused therapy and other approaches….This book would be an excellent addition to any graduate program or residency training individuals in CBT. It is an excellent adjunctive book to use in clinical supervision and a good review book for seasoned practitioners to make sure that they are using the full spectrum of armamentarium available.”

Child and Family Behavior Therapy

“The book is very readable and contains helpful figures….This book is excellent. It presents a wide variety of cognitive techniques, along with numerous clinical forms that can be used with individual clients. *****!”

Doody's Review Service

“Well written and user-friendly….An exceptionally useful resource for cognitive therapists. It is likely to benefit anyone from the student to the expert in cognitive therapy...This is an excellent volume that will find a home not on the bookshelf, but in the hands and laps of many practitioners.”

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews (on the first edition)

“Dr. Leahy has done a great service by attempting to add vitality to the cognitive therapy line of scrimmage. The techniques he outlines will help engage the patient and the therapist....Leahy's approach is an empirical one—not one size fits all: find what works for the patient....This volume is an excellent introduction, refresher, and handbook for the busy general psychiatrist who wants to expand his or her therapeutic armamentaria.”

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (on the first edition)

“I welcome Leahy's text to our academic reading list.”

Psychiatric Services (Eben L. McClenahan, MD, MS, on the first edition)

“In this second edition of his classic work, Leahy provides a plethora of invaluable techniques for creating therapeutic change in cognitive therapy. Trainees and experienced therapists will find this volume an indispensable repository of strategies that work. The volume contains tools for use with clients and is expanded to consider newer approaches drawing from metacognitive therapy, acceptance and mindfulness, and the author's innovative work on emotional schemas.”

—Adrian Wells, PhD, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

“Leahy again provides a master class on cognitive and cognitive-behavioral interventions for a wide range of psychological problems. The second edition not only provides expert guidance on traditional cognitive therapy, but also includes newer elements such as behavioral activation, acceptance, and mindfulness. Leahy blends scientific evidence with extensive clinical experience to create a compelling teaching experience for the reader. This book belongs on the shelf of any mental health clinician who wants to do state-of-the-art cognitive therapy.”

—David F. Tolin, PhD, ABPP, Director, Anxiety Disorders Center, The Institute of Living–Hartford Hospital

“Leahy—one of our most astute and knowledgeable cognitive therapists—synthesizes many years of clinical wisdom with a sophisticated understanding of current research. This book serves as a wonderful resource for novice cognitive-behavioral clinicians, but also offers much to skilled practitioners, who can find ways to augment their favorite strategies and techniques with the latest clinical advances.”

—John H. Riskind, PhD, Department of Psychology, George Mason University; editor, International Journal of Cognitive Therapy

“Substantially updated, this is the best available compendium of techniques spanning the broad range of current cognitive and behavioral therapies. Authoritative coverage of core techniques is now enhanced with techniques informed by more recent models, such as mindfulness, DBT, and ACT. Featuring clear, jargon-free language, clinical tips, illustrative examples, and practical forms, the book presents state-of-the-art tools applicable to treating a wide range of clients and disorders. An essential resource for both seasoned clinicians and those in the process of learning cognitive-behavioral therapy.”

—Drew Erhardt, PhD, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University

Table of Contents

I. Beginning Cognitive Therapy

1. Introduction

II. Techniques

2. Eliciting Thoughts

3. Evaluating and Testing Thoughts

4. Evaluating Assumptions and Rules

5. Examining Information-Processing and Logical Errors

6. Modifying Decision Making

7. Responding to and Evaluating Intrusive Thoughts

8. Modifying Worry and Rumination

9. Putting Things in Perspective

10. Identifying and Modifying Schemas

11. Emotion Regulation Techniques

III. Specific Applications

12. Examining and Challenging Cognitive Distortions

13. Modifying Need for Approval

14. Challenging Self-Criticism

15. Managing Anger

16. Concluding Comments



About the Author

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, is Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York and Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research focuses on individual differences in emotion regulation. Dr. Leahy is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy and is past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the 2014 recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Leahy has published numerous books, including Cognitive Therapy Techniques, Second Edition, and the coauthored volumes Treatment Plans and Interventions for Bulimia and Binge-Eating Disorder; Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Second Edition; and Emotion Regulation in Psychotherapy.


Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses.

Course Use

May serve as a text in graduate-level courses.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2003
ISBN: 9781572309050
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