by William Van Ornum, Ph.D. on
Many therapies focus on identifying and resolving feelings and conflicts. Empathy–truly understanding another’s life situation–is a common characteristic of all successful therapists.
Beginning in the 1970s, Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck developed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which emphasizes identifying dysfunctional thoughts, changing them to transform negative feelings such as depression and anxiety into positive mental health.
There has been a need to expand CBT to severe mental health problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This has been accomplished by Jesse Wright, Douglas Turkington, David Kingdon in their book Cognitive-Behavior for Severe Mental Illness: An Illustrated Guide, which has won the British Medical Health Association Book Award for 2009.
Written for mental health professionals, the book includes 18 video segments as well as numerous homework exercises and checklists that therapists can use with their clients.
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I hope this book will extend the effectiveness of CBT into these difficult and challenging mental health conditions.