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11 best books about cognitive behavioral therapy

11 Books About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Many people who have struggled with mental illnesses benefit from having cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, incorporated into their treatment plan. To help those who are interested in learning more about how this type of therapy works and why it has proved to be so effective, we’ve compiled a list of highly regarded cognitive behavioral therapy books, workbooks, and audiobooks. 

Books About How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works

Our exploration of cognitive behavioral therapy books begins with ones that focus on the fundamental principles and practices of CBT. Please note that many of the books in this section were written for students and clinical professionals, and thus approach CBT from a therapist’s perspective.

An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications

Written by a team of British clinicians (hence the “u” in “behaviour” in the book’s title), this thorough introduction was described by one reviewer as “a core text for learners, novice and experienced practitioners, and CBT educators alike.”

Learn more about An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond (Third Edition)

The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry’s review of this book stated that “it will no doubt be recognized as a classic text in the field due not only to its excellent coverage of CBT, but also to the clear, concise, and illustrative manner in which the techniques are presented.” Its author is Judith Beck, PhD, who is the president of The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Learn more about Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond.

Love Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstandings, Resolve Conflicts, and Solve Relationship Problems Through Cognitive Therapy

The author of this book, Aaron T. Beck, MD, is widely regarded as the father of cognitive behavioral therapy. In Love is Never Enough, Dr. Beck discusses how couples can use CBT principles to communicate more effectively, develop a deeper level of trust, and make other vital changes to strengthen their relationship.

Learn more about Love is Never Enough.

The Comprehensive Clinician’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Some parts of this publication are similar to a workbook, but since it contains such an abundance of detailed information on the fundamentals of CBT, it seemed appropriate to include it in this section. Aaron Beck described The Comprehensive Clinician’s Guide as “a perfect balance between an elegant academic volume and a clear and concise resource.”

Learn more about The Comprehensive Clinician’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbooks

In this section of our cognitive behavioral therapy books list, we shift our attention toward works that are designed for those who aren’t CBT experts, but who can benefit from practical advice on how to incorporate this approach into their daily lives.

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think

Witten by CBT experts Dennis Greenberger, PhD, and Christine A. Padesky, PhD, this workbook provides step-by-step instruction on how to use the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy to overcome challenges related to anxiety, anger management, depression, guilt, and shame.

Learn more about Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think.

The CBT Toolbox: 185 Tools to Manage Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Behaviors & Stress (Second Edition)

This book’s publisher describes it as “a go-to resource for addressing unhelpful thinking patterns and implementing practical, proven, action steps to achieve goals and live life more intentionally.” Author Jeff Riggenbach, PhD, provides focused, easy-to-follow activities to help people address a wide range of mental health concerns.

Learn more about The CBT Toolbox.

The CBT Workbook for Mental Health: Evidence-Based Exercises to Transform Negative Thoughts and Manage Your Well-Being

This workbook’s title does a fairly thorough job of explaining what you’ll find inside. It includes several short exercises (none of which take more than 30 minutes to complete) to help readers develop more effective coping skills and adopt a healthier mindset. 

Learn more about The CBT Workbook.

Anxiety Relief for Teens: Essential CBT Skills and Self-Care Practices to Overcome Anxiety and Stress

This adolescent-focused workbook includes quizzes and self-assessments to help young people identify the sources of their distress, along with more than 30 CBT-related tools and mindfulness practices that they can employ to improve their mental health.

Learn more about Anxiety Relief for Teens.

Audiobooks About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If you prefer to take in new information by listening, this section of our list of cognitive behavioral therapy books is for you.

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Audio Version, Second Edition)

Unmanaged symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder can have a devastating impact on a person’s ability to live a productive and satisfying life. This audiobook describes how individuals with OCD can use CBT and mindfulness to regain control of their thoughts and behaviors.

Learn more about The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD (Audio Version, Second Edition).

Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Simple Path to Healing, Hope, and Peace (Digital Audio Version)

Author Seth Gillihan, PhD, describes himself as being interested in “the intersection of spirituality and evidence-based psychological approaches.” In this audiobook, he discusses an approach that incorporates practices and principles from CBT, mindfulness, Stoicism, and Christian mysticism.

Learn more about Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Daily Life

This audiobook is composed of 24 half-hour lectures by Jason Satterfield, PhD. It also features actors playing the role of clients, which gives the listener the chance to be what the publisher describes as “the proverbial fly on the wall of the therapist’s office” as Dr. Satterfield discusses the benefits of specific CBT skills for each client.

Learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Daily Life.

Contact Montare Behavioral Helath About Our Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be extremely helpful for individuals whose lives have been disrupted by anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health concerns. 

When you receive personalized treatment at Montare Behavioral Health, your care may include CBT and a variety of other research-based, evidence-supported methods. Our team will take the time to thoroughly assess your needs and get to know you as a unique individual, so that we can be sure we’re providing the focused services that are best for you. 

To learn more about CBT at Montare Behavioral Health, or to schedule a free assessment, please fill out a contact form, or call our center today.