Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Books

The following is a recommended reading list of cognitive behavioral therapy books for those interested in learning more about cognitive behavioral therapy. The books are organized by those written for clinicians, and those written for consumers.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Books for Consumers:

Feeling Good by David Burns. An easy-to-read best-selling self-help guide using CBT principles.

Mind Over Mood by Greenberger and Padesky. A self-help guide using primarily cognitive therapy techniques.

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Stephen Hayes. A mindfulness-based self-help book using principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by McKay, Wood, & Brantley. A workbook providing instruction and exercises for people who have difficulty regulating intense emotions.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn. A self-help guide to mindfulness for a variety of problems.

The Mindful Way Through Depression by Williams, Teasdale, Segal, and Kabat-Zinn. A self-help guide for using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to cope with depression.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Books for Clinicians:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Basics and Beyond by Judith Beck. An excellent introduction to using cognitive therapy for clinicians new to the treatment.

Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders by Leahy, Holand, and McGinn. An invaluable reference for the practicing CBT clinician, complete with treatment outlines, printable handouts, and more.

Contemporary Behavior Therapy by Spiegler & Guevremont. A textbook that gives a very broad overview of the history and practice of behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy.

The ABC’s of Human Behavior by Ramnero & Torneke. Probably the best introduction to clinical behavior therapy there is. Clear and to the point.

Behavior Modification in Applied Settings by Alan Kazdin. A good book for helping clinicians implement behavioral treatments.

Handbook of Assessment and Treatment Planning for Psychological Disorders by Antony & Barlow. A comprehensive guide of assessment techniques and reviews of evidence-based interventions for a number of common disorders.

Behavioral Activation for Depression by Martell, Dimidjian, & Herman-Dunn. A concise primer for behavioral treatment of depression.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Books for Advanced Clinicians

Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy by Robert Leahy. A manual for what to do when things go wrong in cognitive therapy.

Collaborative Case Conceptualization by Kuyken, Padesky, & Dudley. A guide to conceptualization-driven cognitive therapy.

The Case-Formulation Approach to Cognitive-Behavior Therapy by Jaqueline Persons. Another guide to conceptualization-driven treatment. Persons incorporates different evidence-based models of behavior to account for different presenting problems.

Treatment for Chronic Depression by James McCullough. A manual for Cognitive Behavioral Assessment System of Psychotherapy, an integrative CBT treatment for treatment-resistant depression.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change by Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson. An introduction to ACT, a third-wave, mindfulness-based behavioral therapy.

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan. Don’t let the title fool you – this is the definitive textbook on DBT. The other book by Linehan with DBT in the title is just the manual for running the skills group.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression by Segal, Williams, and Teasdale. The manual for MBCT, a third-wave treatment for relapse prevention of depression.

Schema Therapy by Young, Klosko, and Weishaar. An integrative CBT treatment for working with personality disorders. 

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