Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies

Author: Rhena Branch

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Changing for Good

Author: James O. Prochaska

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Anxious Thinking Patterns

We all think differently when we are anxious and afraid. This video talks about what typically happens.

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Introducing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

A host of material from the Beck Institute; featuring one of the founders of CBT.

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Maintaining perspective under pressure

A nice metaphor for maintaining sanity by focusing in on the important things in life

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Going Blind in Space

A nice talk by a retired Canadian Colonel and NASA astronaut about how he tested rules for living when he went blind in space! An extreme example of how fears and anxieties about possible negative outcomes can be tested and overcome, by experimenting with repeated experiences.

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Soul Biographies

Nic describes his work as “Short, Black & White Human Portraits in Film. Extremely close up. And extremely revealing of our common human experience.”  Take 5 minutes and watch one ….

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Using ABC to overcome pessimistic thinking

Good information about the ABC technique. It applies the information to a workplace example, which is quite handy.

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Improving self-esteem by understanding rules for living

From the centre for clinical interventions in Australia. It’s a brief hand-out about rules for living and is nice and balanced, talking about flexible and adaptive rules for living. Quite accessible but also quite clinically focused. Nonetheless, it has some good tips and exercises

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Perfectionism in Practice

Website from the centre for clinical interventions. This link is to a page containing several useful handouts about perfectionism, with strategies and tasks to help overcome it in a self-help fashion.

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More about Perfectionism

Website page written by a psychologist about perfectionism and its possible impacts on people.

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Never Good Enough? The Trap of Perfectionism

Another article about perfectionism, including information about how to break free from it. It contains a brief questionnaire.

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A Perfectionism Scale

Link to a perfectionism questionnaire on the BBC website, originally taken from Frost’s Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale. It self-scores and provides feedback on which dimensions you scored highest

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Identifying the Beliefs that Hold You Back

A list of the 18 maladaptive schemas (from Schema therapy)

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Understanding Your Core Beliefs

Web page from the Harley Street Therapy website explaining core beliefs (CBT approach)

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Introducing Thinking Errors (Cognitive Distortions)

Good website from Harley therapy about the various forms of cognitive distortions people can have and how these can lead to stuck relationships.

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Ten Thinking Errors That Can Hold You Back

Very good article using the thought errors classifications first proposed by Burns (1999) to look at how they may influence people’s work lives. Brief and accessible

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Unhelpful Thinking Styles

Link to a website from the centre for clinical interventions, which lists several types of unhelpful thinking styles common to individuals experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress and other difficulties.

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Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

Author: William Bridges

It’s really important that you understand that the process of personal change has some distinct tasks and steps.  This book describes them very clearly.

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The 7 Drivers of Old Habits of Thinking

When it comes to negative experiences, we have habitual ways of responding to what triggers us. But we can learn to step out of and stay out of negative thought cycles – this article tells you how.

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VIA Character Strengths

The VIA Institute on Character is a non-profit organization, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, dedicated to bringing the science of character strengths to the world through supporting research, creating and validating surveys of character, and developing practical tools for individuals and practitioners.  We use their free tools in our stress management and...

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This site is maintained by two individuals who wear more than one hat – be it consultant, psychologist or psychotherapist – so you should expect to find a wide range of materials that are all about how people learn, perform and grow. Chris and Jackie founded Sixth Sense Consulting Ltd in 2010. We provide assessment, leadership development, team building, career transition, psychotherapy, and wellbeing services to individuals and organisations. Our aim is to share materials and resources we use in our day to day work with others in a digestible and practical format.

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