This book is designed for a broad audience of health and mental health professionals, from those who have never been exposed to cognitive behavior therapy before to those who are quite experienced but wish to improve their skills, including how to conceptualize patients cognitively, plan treatment, employ a variety of techniques, assess the effectiveness of their treatment, and specify problems that arise in a therapy session.
To present the material as simply as possible, I have chosen one patient (whose name and identifying characteristics I have changed) to use as an example throughout the book. Sally is an ideal patient in many ways, and her treatment clearly exemplifies “standard” cognitive behavior therapy for uncomplicated, single-episode depression. Although the treatment described is for a straightforward case of depression with anxious features, the techniques presented also apply to patients with a wide variety of problems. References for other disorders are provided so that the reader can learn to tailor treatment appropriately.(Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond 2nd Edition; Judith S. Beck; The Guilford Press ; Preface: Page xii)