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Why Don't I Feel Good Enough? Using Attachment Theory to Find a Solution offers a guide to how early emotional bonds affect our adult relationships and how psychological theory can help us to find the origin and solution to a number of life's problems.


Bringing a wealth of therapeutic experience and the latest scientific research, Helen Dent introduces the benefits that understanding attachment theory can bring to all areas of life. You will find this particularly helpful if you struggle with everyday relationships and have difficulties managing your emotions....
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Susan LlewelynAttachment theory underpins much work in current psychology and child work and developmental work. It’s lifelong: our attachment patterns affect how we relate to other people. So it helps us to try and understand what our particular patterns of relationships are. This book very nicely lays it out for the layperson. (Source)

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What Works for Whom?, Second Edition

A Critical Review of Psychotherapy Research

This acclaimed work provides a systematic, comprehensive, and balanced evaluation of the current status of all major psychotherapeutic approaches. With a primary focus on adults, detailed evidence is presented for the efficacy of widely used interventions for frequently encountered mental disorders and specific populations. The book also explains the concepts that underpin psychotherapy research, examines methodological challenges in translating research into practice, and considers the impact on outcome of factors common to all therapies, such as therapist and patient characteristics.
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Susan LlewelynFonagy and Roth are reviewing the effectiveness of all different therapies as fairly as they can. The question they’re trying to answer is: what is it that’s most helpful to people? Many therapists don’t use evidence; they use their own biases—which often are what you were taught first. (Source)

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Managing Your Mind

The Mental Fitness Guide

Managing Your Mind is a book for building resilience, overcoming emotional difficulties and enabling self-development. It is for any of us who wish to understand ourselves better, to be more effective in day-to-day life, to overcome current problems; or who want to support others in these tasks. The authors have between them almost 100 years of experience helping people respond skillfully to life's challenges. Drawing on this experience as well as on cutting-edge scientific research, Managing Your Mind distills effective techniques and ideas, enabling readers to select... more
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Susan LlewelynSo the authors de-professionalise and de-centre the importance of the therapist. They say: ‘You’ve got resources inside you. Here are some ideas as how you could make yourself fitter.’ It explains how you can deal with uncertainty better; how to deal with depression more effectively. (Source)

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This is a comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the origins, development, and practice of cognitive-analytic therapy (CAT).

Written by the founder of the method and an experienced psychiatric practitioner and lecturer, it offers a guide to the potential application and experience of CAT with a wide range of difficult clients and disorders and in a variety of hospital, community care and private practice settings.

Introducing Cognitive Analytic Therapy includes a wide range of features to aid scholars and trainees:

Illustrative case histories and...
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Susan LlewelynRyle tried to pull together ideas from cognitive therapy, about our thoughts and how we think, together with dynamic therapy, which is based on psychoanalysis. Central to cognitive analytic therapy is a systematic analysis of the patterns of behaviour that people get into. (Source)

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The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

The classic work on group psychotherapy
Hailed by Jerome Frank as "the best book that exists on the subject," Irvin D. Yalom's The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has been the standard text in the field for decades.
In this completely revised and updated fifth edition, Dr. Yalom and his collaborator Dr. Molyn Leszcz expand the book to include the most recent developments in the field, drawing on nearly a decade of new research as well as their broad clinical wisdom and expertise.
New topics include: online therapy, specialized groups,...
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Susan LlewelynYalom’s book was really helpful. What Yalom says—from his clinical experience, but later backed up by researchers including some of my own studies—is that are eleven curative factors that can describe what is going on. (Source)

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