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Skills in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Skills in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Second Edition
  • Frank Wills - University of Wales College, Newport, University of South Wales, UK
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December 2014 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This step-by-step guide to the core skills and techniques of the cognitive behaviour approach is suitable for those with little or no prior experience in CBT. The author uses case examples from a variety of settings to illustrate the skills needed at each stage of the therapeutic process, and brings the therapeutic relationship to the foreground to show you how to build and maintain a successful working alliance with your clients.


This second edition includes new content on:

- the historical foundations of CBT
- common presenting issues, such as depression and anxiety

- third wave CBT

- insights from other approaches, relevant to trainees in other modalities with an interest in CBT


Accompanied by a new companion website,  which includes additional case studies, template forms, PowerPoint presentations for each chapter, and a wealth of material for further reading, this is an essential text for anyone wishing to hone their therapeutic skills in CBT.

Practising CBT Skills within their Knowledge Base
Skills for Assessing, Formulating and Starting CBT
Skills for Developing the Relationship in CBT
Skills for Working with Negative Thinking
Skills for Working on Changing Behaviour
Skills for Working with Emotions
Skills for Working with Enduring Life Patterns
Maintaining and Developing CBT Skills
Appendix 1 Resources for CBT Measures
Appendix 2 Other Cognitive Methods using Cost Benefit Analysis and Pie Charts

The book provides sound coverage of CBT skills, including helpful illustrations of therapist-client interactions which provide a hands-on approach to counsellor training.


Kevin Hogan
Lecturer in Counselling, Newman University

This is a particularly accessible book that bridges theory and practice in a succinct and clear manner.


Thomas Currid
Senior Lecturer/Programme Director, Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University

This book has the ability to provide practitioners with the fundamental knowledge, together with a thorough and systematic explanation of becoming a CBT counsellor and psychotherapist.

Mohd. Zaliridzal Bin Zakaria
Lecturer, Counselling Program, Islamic Science University Malaysia

This is a fascinating book, which I will be happy to have on my book shelf. The author carefully outlines all the basic therapeutic techniques used in CBT today, elaborating in each case relevant CBT skills, as well as discussing emotional and interpersonal aspects that may surface, and escribing strategies that may be relevant at that point. Some of these strategies have been drawn from other therapeutic schools, but would obviously be useful. This is done with great clarity, and has the effect of placing CBT in a broader context, which will be helpful for CBT therapists, and may also be intriguing to therapists from other backgrounds, making  CBT seem less alien, and alerting them to its finer points. This book has an elegant structure, is well organised, and will make an excellent reference book.

Ann Hackmann
Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford

Skills in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy introduces students to the basic knowledge needed to safely practice CBT. With verbatim vignettes, Frank Wills links theory to practice by explaining and demonstrating key aspects of how to use different CBT techniques. The additional ‘companion website’ is a very useful resource for both teachers and students.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
August 8, 2019

Very good book for Level 4 Diploma course.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 24, 2019

This book was recommended to me by Windy Dryden as the core text for the level 5 CBT diploma. I used it to write the course and then suggested it as the core text for students.

Ms Liz Swanson
HE, Access and Counselling, South Essex College - Southend
November 30, 2019

Excellent book love the series. Students thought these books were brilliant, easy to navigate and understand. Even recommended to library staff to stock, students have rushed out to purchase for further reading

Miss Danielle Emma Pearn
Community Studies, Truro College
October 2, 2015

The greater emphasis on relational importance in this Edition is welcome and permits a more inclusive adoption of CBT skills within an within an integrative framework. As with the 1st Edition a solid grounding for introducing students to CBT. This has been added to our essential Indicative Reading List

Ms Victoria Alexander
School of Health & Social Care, University of Greenwich
August 19, 2015

This text introduces the cognitive behavioural counselling approach. This method of counselling is growing at an exponential rate. It has been reviewed in numerous research studies as been an effective treatment modality for depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders . The approach in this book sets out in a clear and systematic manner the CBT approach, by explaining the significant elements of the method. The book is also enhanced by the inclusion of case vignettes that illustrate the different aspects of the approach. A recommended read that thoroughly introduces this evidence based counselling approach

Mr Michael McGibbon
School of Communication, Ulster University
June 24, 2015

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