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Book review: Brief Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Cancer Patients: Re-visioning the CBT Paradigm

Matron Alison Finch reviews Brief Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Cancer Patients: Re-visioning the CBT Paradigm.

Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Cancer Patients: Re-visioning the CBT Paradigm

Scott Temple

Routledge

£24.99 | 232pp

ISBN: 9781138942639

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based intervention that has become established in the treatment of many psychological conditions. This new book offers a scholarly guide to contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies used to emotionally support those living with cancer.

This is not an introduction or practical guide to CBT; it is largely an academic text written for a reader with experience in psychological therapies. Offering a theoretical and clinical guide, this is not a book that can be ‘dipped into’ and tried out.

Cancer nurses will, however, find reading through the case examples and vignettes helpful in offering insight into the therapist’s work and in guiding their own conversation with patients. The concluding chapter focuses on using CBT principles to self care in a way that builds resilience; this feels relevant to all professionals and is engaging.

Perhaps initially best read on loan from the library rather than purchased, experienced nurses working in therapeutic roles or pursuing academic study in the field of CBT may find this a useful source of insight for professional development.


Reviewed by Alison Finch, matron, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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