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Publisher's Summary

Why is it so hard to lose weight, stop smoking, or establish healthy habits? Why do couples argue about the same issues over and over? Why do so many people lie awake at night, stricken with worry and anxiety? Why is it so difficult to come to terms with a loved one's death, even if it's after a long illness?

The answers to these questions - and the path to lasting change in your life - lie in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. Built on a solid foundation of neurological and behavioral research, CBT is an approach almost anyone can use for promoting greater mental health and improving quality of life.

In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco. You will explore CBT's roots in Socratic and stoic philosophy, build a toolkit of CBT techniques, and hear about the latest research about its outcomes. Additionally this intriguing and practical course allows you to take on the role of medical student, physician, psychologist, and patient.

Throughout the course you'll explore issues that cause people to seek out therapy. In some cases you'll get to hear Dr. Satterfield working with a patient, and in others you'll be delving into research to find what causes issues and how CBT helps to resolve them.

Everyone has something about their life that they would like to improve. With the tools in CBT and the desire to make your situation better, you can create lasting change in your life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Teaching Company, LLC; 2015 The Great Courses

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Brilliant information

this is a fantastic guide to anyone who is interested in working on their self or wishes to help others do so

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A bit dull, and slow reading, but interesting info

Not what I expected but interesting nonetheless. Useful information for anyone suffering mental illness or stress or in their life and anyone who is struggling. Also useful for students and professionals trying to get into psychology/therapy fields. A little dull at times, but there's some good stuff in there too.

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Very interesting

Great presentation. Easy to listen to. It's great to have example therapy sessions to listen in on.

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Better than self help

Great research with real strategies. This is profound research to bettering myself and to understanding others.

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Narration Fail

The narrator was a bit fast in communicating and wasnt very good at engaging his audience, there were parts that was very interesting to listen to although i think majority of the people will have a short attention span for a narration like this.
I think delivery was the key

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excellent book and we'll presented

brilliant book and one that I will listen to time and time again for reference.

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Fascinating study of modern Psychology

A very well structured study of the history and current modern approaches to Psychology. Narrated by an expert in the field but delivered in a way that is easy to follow.

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Amazing - great book

This book to a heavy complex subject and made it truely enjoyable and practical to understand. Truely a standout for the narrated books I have listened to.

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I highly recommend this excellent CBT course

Thank you! I thought it was fantastic. I am currently a psych student and this has proven to be a valuable additional resource to my studies. It puts CBT in a practical application nutshell. I will be recommending it to fellow students. My only criticism would be that even though it shared many recommended resources by naming them where relevant, it would have been handy to get them all listed at the end of the course.

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  • Amy
  • 19-03-2018

Not for me.

Not what I was looking for. I was hoping for more of a self help book that would help me understand how my brain worked. This wasn’t it.

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  • Stephanie-Samantha
  • 09-01-2016

Great addition to my counseling practice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book to psychology practitioners and motivated clients. It is well organized and well read. I listen while I do my daily exercise (walking). I often end up writing emails to myself to remember to look up certain topics when I arrive home.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a difficult question to answer because I like it all so much. I think the narration was particularly outstanding. The narrator is straightforward and cites references or appropriate links when needed. I have found some audible narrator of scientific information try to be funny or cute, and it ends up distracting from the narration. This is not the case with Dr. Satterfield.

Which character – as performed by Professor Jason M. Satterfield – was your favorite?

Himself. He narrates the book based on his own research.

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  • G. Taylor
  • 11-09-2015

Not what I was looking for.

I found it somewhat boring. There's good information here but listening to the exchanges between the therapist and the patient didn't seem like the best way to present it. There's nothing terribly wrong with this. It just didn't interest me.

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  • Dan
  • 23-08-2015

Total waste of time

What disappointed you about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

This book is extremely broad and has no depth at all. The title "Techniques for Retraining Your Brain" is total garbage. It gives you surface level knowledge of a range of ailments. A quick Wikipedia search for each of these different ailments would be much quicker and much more fruitful.

From this book I was expecting to learn how to recognize negative thoughts, and then learn strategies to rationalize them so they aren't debilitating to one's mood or self-esteem. I got none of this. Here is a breakdown of each lecture:

-This is what depression is.
-This is how many people it affects.
-CBT can help with this. (But no information on HOW)
-Here's a really boring example of a patient talking about depression.
-Here's more surface level information about depression BUT NO COGNITIVE STRATEGIES to deal with it.
-Replace depression with whatever other ailment he's talking about in a different lecture and you have the whole course summed up.

I can't seem to grasp why anyone would see this as useful unless you're in an extremely low state and just need something to get you out of bed. Perhaps this could be that push to get some meaningful help?

I'm reading "Feeling Good" right now by David Burns and the first 10% of this book gives more information than this whole "course".

What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Talk about COGNITIONS!

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Jason M. Satterfield’s performances?

Definitely not.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger.

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  • Damien M. Wilson
  • 11-12-2015

I just couldn't get into this....

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Jason M. Satterfield?

Of course. One book does not an author make! It's possible that I just didn't appreciate this example.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

The moment when the author tried to engage experiment subjects by asking them to answer questions while being recorded.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Jason M. Satterfield’s performances?

Yes, but if I experienced the same result, I'd avoid his books in future.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I'm fascinated by Neuropsychology, but the openly promotional manner in the way this book opened probably put me in a skeptical mood as a reader.

Any additional comments?

There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary 'padding' out in the initial chapters that just turned me off this book. The author was trying to illustrate key points by using real subjects. This effort should be commended, as the change in narrator helped maintain appeal. Sadly, the subjects were either poorly chosen, or the editing of these elements of the book was omitted in the final version. As an e-reader, I need the sound to be clear, distinct, and entertaining. Brevity and interweaving concepts throughout the e-book is the key to readers keeping interest.

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  • Adam
  • 22-07-2015

A solid introduction to CBT

The Author/Narrator has a very kind tenor, this guides the entire course. The course is systematic, switching from symptom to symptom to break up any monotony. Numerous cases and recordings from actual therapy sessions are used as the primary teaching tool throughout the course. This provides context for the ideas and techniques being presented. This is an over arching introduction into what a course of CBT may look like. If you are interested in learning more about psychology in general, and in being exposed to techniques to help with the turmoil of life, this is a good start.

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  • Ken DV
  • 28-08-2015

Just not my thing

I figured the knowledge imparted would be more generally usable but unless one plans to provide therapy it's not the most interesting book.

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  • Darren
  • 04-11-2017

interesting for students of psychology

The book was very informative. It provided lots of resources for serious study. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to practice therapy.

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  • R. Koehler
  • 20-10-2017

Very Practical

As a result of going through some difficult times in my life, and at my doctor's suggestion, I began seeing a therapist for cognitive behavioral therapy. I wasn't satisfied, so I began listening to this audio book on CBT. It helped me understand that the therapist was setting the groundwork in our first few sessions, and gave me a very thorough understanding of how CBT works and the many different varieties of treatment and strategies that are available. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2017

In depth intro to CBT therapy

Great introductory material to understanding CBT from clinical and client/patient perspective. Pleased with the content.

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  • Tieneke Carver
  • 12-09-2017

Great tool.

I enjoyed learning about cognitive behavior therapy. I think it is a great self help tool and can be used by everyone to evaluate their beliefs and perceptions of the world around them and how they interact with it.

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  • Ndumiso
  • 10-12-2016

Useful information

Truly enjoyed it, but most importantly, found it to be useful. I really loved it.

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  • Aravis
  • 19-09-2016

Amazing course - both theory and practice

This is one of the best non-fiction audiobooks I have ever purchased, and hands-down better than any self-help book I have ever used. (I include even David Burns' classic Feeling Good, which is great but takes a lot more effort to get into and apply). Professor Satterfield strikes a wonderful balance between very clear and concrete practical guidance for daily life and setting out the theoretical underpinnings of the CBT model and carefully explaining the evidence base for the various techniques. The case studies are very illuminating and Professor Satterfield does a great job of avoiding a reductive or overly schematised picture of the challenges of human existence within the CBT framework. Highly, highly recommended.

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  • Emma
  • 22-07-2016

impressively interesting

As i am studying a counselling diploma, i was looking for a better understanding of CBT. I could not have asked for more! Everything was explained so clearly and thoroughly and the examples were a great way of seeing how the techniques are put into practice.
I really wish there were more audible books like this!! Driving will not be the same without it!

44 of 50 people found this review helpful

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  • Szilvia Zarda
  • 10-10-2016

Inspiring

Where does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best lectures I listened to, I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in psychology, especially CBT.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Definitely the end, as it was so uplifting for me, but I found lots of helpful suggestions throughout the book.

What about Professor Jason M. Satterfield’s performance did you like?

Everything. Really engaging performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-2016

A Great guide to self-help and more ...

a very helpful and revealing book , it helped me a lot in understanding ,myself and some of the people around me better , I'll probably listen to it again . thanks

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  • Steve Parke
  • 22-07-2016

I was sad when it was done

The best book I have ever had from the start I was locked in. It was very insightful and eye opening. It's just a most read. I am all the better for having listened and will be starting all over again. A joy.

30 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-2017

Good but I struggled a bit

This is a lengthy listen. Thankfully the narrator is easy to listen to and the real-life people likeable, which makes it easier to continue. But around half way through, it just felt really heavy and some of it un-relatable or unrealistic to practise in my life and so I really struggled to keep up listening. I think this could probably have been a much shorter; I've come away with a better understanding of what happens during CBT but could I sit down and practice self-help? No, I'd have to listen again and again for it to become practical and understood.

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  • gareth
  • 14-07-2016

Excellent content and instructive course

These lectures cover cbt theory and practise for an astonishingly comprehensive range of psychological and physical conditions and life challenges. I have learnt far more than I expected and the breadth of medical knowledge and applications for cbt is astounding. A very informative course that introduces you to many tools available in books/apps/studies/available questionnaires and ideas to improve my treatments across the many conditions I come across. The only area not covered appeared to be cbt or dvt or mcbt for the modern epidemic of self harm but the principles offered can be applied to any situation.

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  • Mr. A. R. Volpe
  • 25-10-2015

Very good cbt course

Really comprehensive and engaging hearing cbt in action with the case studies, will be listening again.

18 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • 21-06-2016

really useful information that actually work! I

I recommend this to anyone who wants freedom peace or wishes to find grace and courage

8 of 11 people found this review helpful