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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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A powerful tool to have at your dispoal

This course is one of the most important lessons I've been fortunate enough to learn. At times, life is difficult enough without our own internal dialogue making things worse. CBT teaches us that the power to reprogram these thoughts and work through the difficult times is something that exists in all of us, despite how powerless we can feel.

Jason M. Satterfield does an amazing job explaining the process through a number of interesting case studies involving real patients. Their stories were very relatable and, at times, deeply touching to the point where I shared in their suffering but also their personal triumphs.

The big wins rarely satisfy our needs permanently, but the small victories, one after another, can bring us out of some of the darkest times.

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Incredible!

Such an amazing series of lectures and lessons. I highly recommend it to anyone freshly into the idea of CBT. Covers all the grey areas and sets you up with many useful information and tools.

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Potentially life changing

Narrated by the author. Listen once to apply a critical lebse to your life, listen again and work through the exercises to make meaningful changes.

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Wonderful!

A great resource for anyone who is interested in CBT. Clear, easy to follow. Couldn't stop listening!

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Book Problem

Hallway through chapter six, the narrative ended so it was impossible to finish the book. Disappointed.

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  • Stephanie-Samantha
  • 2016-01-09

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
  • WEEKI WACHEE, FL, US
  • 2015-09-11

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
  • 2015-08-23

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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  • Tieneke Carver
  • 2017-09-12

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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  • Damien M. Wilson
  • Petaluma, CA
  • 2015-12-11

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.

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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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  • R. Koehler
  • Akron, Ohio
  • 2017-10-20

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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  • Ken DV
  • Cancun
  • 2015-08-28

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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  • Adam
  • 2015-07-22

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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  • Darren
  • 2017-11-04

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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  • P
  • North Carolina
  • 2015-08-26

So personable and full of grace

Professor Satterfield clearly knows his business and believes in it. He believes that people can be better. I really enjoyed the personal interviews and learned a lot from his patients. It is a hopeful course and a useful one

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