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Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists

Engaging and authoritative, this is the first self-experiential cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) workbook specifically designed to help therapists enhance their skills. Twelve carefully sequenced modules guide readers to identify, formulate, and address a professional or personal problem using CBT, and to reflect on the experience. Self-Practice/self-reflection (SP/SR) is an evidence-based training strategy which enables therapists to build technical savvy in contemporary CBT interventions while deepening their self-awareness and therapeutic relationship skills. The book's large-size format makes it easy to use the innumerable reproducible worksheets and forms. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print these reproducible materials.

Key Points

  • The first evidence based program that helps CBT therapists hone their skills "from the inside out" by practicing the techniques on themselves.
  • Studies show improved clinical acumen in CBT—one of the most popular modalities—and Beck, Padesky, and others endorse this approach.
  • Versatile: can be used in group settings, in supervision, as a graduate level text, or by individual therapists.
  • Authors are internationally known CBT trainers.
  • First in a series of practical therapist self-care books.


Therapists of all levels of experience, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses.

Course Use

May serve as a text in graduate level CBT courses.

Author Bio:

James Bennett-Levy, PhD, is Associate Professor at the University Center for Rural Health, University of Sydney, Australia. He has pioneered self-experiential CBT training since his first self-practice/self-reflection (SP/SR) paper in 2001, and has made a significant contribution to the CBT training literature with over 25 training publications.

Richard Thwaites, DClinPsy, is a consultant clinical psychologist and CBT therapist who serves as Clinical Lead for a large National Health Service psychological therapies service in the United Kingdom. In addition to delivering therapy, he provides clinical leadership, supervision, training, and consultancy around the implementation of SP/SR programs. His research interests include the role of the therapeutic relationship in CBT and the use of reflective practice in the process of skill development.

Beverly Haarhoff, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand, where she was instrumental in setting up the first Postgraduate Diploma in CBT in the southern hemisphere. For the past 14 years she has trained and supervised both CBT and clinical psychology trainees. Her research has focused primarily SP/SR as a mechanism to support and improve therapist skill acquisition in CBT therapists at all levels of development.

Helen Perry, MA, is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and works clinically in a well-established group private practice. She is an active CBT trainer and supervisor in Australia and New Zealand. Together with Beverly Haarhoff, she played a pivotal role in establishing the CBT Diploma program at Massey University, New Zealand. 

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