• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple

  • 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry
  • By: Seth J. Gillihan PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In his new book, the author of the best-selling Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Days delivers 10 easy, yet essential strategies for applying CBT to everyday issues with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple.  

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a proven form of psychotherapy that is often the first-line of treatment recommended for managing depression, anxiety, worry, and other common issues. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple delivers a simplified approach to learning the most essential parts of cognitive behavioral therapy and applying them to your life.  

Written by licensed psychologist and best-selling author Seth Gillihan, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple replaces workbook pages and technical language with quick and highly accessible cognitive behavioral therapy strategies that can be used on an as-needed basis.  

Presented with simple and straightforward language, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple encourages listeners to succeed with:  

  • Practical explanations of 10 essential CBT principles - such as challenging negative thought patterns, behavioral activation, and overcoming procrastination - organized in a similar structure to in-person cognitive behavioral therapy 
  • Supportive guidance for creating goals and outlining strategies to help yourself meet them
  • Helpful self-evaluation sections to help you track your progress and reflect on what you’ve learned using cognitive behavioral therapy 

For people who are interested in realizing the proven benefits of CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple is a vital resource that will promote personal growth as you overcome challenges and improve your wellbeing. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, a PDF of reference material not included in the narration will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Seth J. Gillihan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Saved my life

I have always been skeptical of how CBT can be effective for treating depression. I have been on and off anti-depressants, self medicating with alchohol and financially irresponsible due to my partying habits. I was slowly falling into deep depression with no clear purpose in life. After listening to the first few chapters of the audiobook I picked up a notebook and a pen and decided to start putting in even more free time to do some of the homework and worksheets the book provides. By the end of the book I realized that anti-depressants where only a temporary cure , partying and bad financial habits are the main reason of my mental downfall. Also I have found new hobbies that I love and I became more financially responsible.I also feel like I can see colors again which is a clear sign the depression is gone. This book has worksheets and exercises that make understanding CBT and applying it by oneself easy, fun and not too time consuming. I advise anyone willing to explore CBT for depression , anger or anxiety to consider getting this book.

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Provided perspective and helped a lot.

Loved this audible book. I took my time with it by listening to each chapter twice, and making the summaries the second time listening. The aim is not to get through the book quickly, but to really apply each chapter.
I’m now listening to the book for the second time and adding to my summaries and information recorded.

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A point by point imitation of 'Feeling Good'

Listening to this book after 'Feeling Good' brought to mind the work of mediocre students who, faced with the task of illustrating the ideas of a great thinker, lack the creativity to go beyond paraphrasing his words page by page

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Who chose this style of narration?

This is my first incursion into CBT. Half way in, I like the content. But whose idea was it to select a 1960's Cold War newscaster inflection style? It makes it painful to listen to, as it's so out of character in the 21st century. I makes it sound like the narrator is making fun of the content. I have to abstract that in order to focus on the material!

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Where are the goodies?

The biggest problem I have with audible is the inability to access supplemental images and documents and other resources provided in the print version of the book, particularly in nonfiction. Can't a downloadable file or url be provided for accessing these files after purchase? The author refers to these items throughout the book and I just kept wondering what was the point of listening. Disappointed and annoyed.

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I couldn't finish it.

It was dragging on on on about basically the same thing I wish I could get my money back

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Great quick walk-through of CBT in a book.

Awesome, guided workbook of CBT w examples.

This is a no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts approach to your mind with no excuses left behind after several serious examples of life stressors piling up and how to not let them knock you down.

Easier than an intimidating, larger, theory-filled books. Not overly inundated w psych 101, just enough to do the CBT.

You must do the homework to enjoy the full benefit, but listening to the audiobook percolates enough though to start a touch of therapy in every chapter.

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Very helpful audiobook to listen and enjoy

A well presented audiobook,rather than some hollow self praising examples most self help audiobook includes, this one uses real recordings.the patients are relatable and interesting, think this audiobook show cases the power of a calm,friendly, warm and intelligent listener.

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I fully enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

I fully enjoyed listening to this audiobook.it shares so many cognitive and behaviour tools which may be applied in life.it gives the opportunity to engage in other people cbt cessions, getting the full understanding of the subject, and how the therapy is applied in real life.

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Good content. TERRIBLE narrator

Dr. Gillihan present some very helpful content here. Unfortunately is absolutely ruined by a terrible narrator. As some other review said it’s like the voice of a 1950s educational film narrator: sing-song and condescending. And sloooow. I rarely listen at above normal speed, but I turned this up to 1.5 and it’s still felt like he was speaking at a normal pace. One of the worst narrations I have heard. And I listen to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts.
It almost destroys anything that Dr Gillihan is trying to present. I do hope he sees this and considers recording with a new narrator.
I do want to leave you with something positive. I believe there are good things to take away from this book, but I recommend getting it in hardcopy or at least Kindle and avoid the audible version at all cost.

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  • 01-14-21

Useful material, abysmal delivery

You know how it can be weird listening to a song where the lyrics don't match the tone/melody of the music? Like the lyrics don't really mean anything and they are only there to deliver a melody? That's what this audiobook is like.
The narrator has a specific tone and melody that they are determined to apply to every single sentence, and whatever the words mean is irrelevant. Some words get emphasized for no reason whatsoever. Some words get streched out. It seems that the narrator doesn't even know what the word is still midway into pronouncing the word.

I switched the speed to 1.5 to hide some of this, but it was still very hard to listen. I would absolutely not recommend this as an audiobook. I'm pretty sure that the material is quite good in written form. But even there this book seems to be lacking depth. I know some of the concepts and exercises are really good, but the superficial way they are presented don't make it very likely to be properly applied here.

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  • Amanda
  • 05-20-21

Dry Delivery

I tried to give the book a chance but had to quit halfway into Chapter 4 as I realized that none of what I had been hearing was sticking. The reason for that is the narrator speaks in a detached drone similar to that of a news anchorman. While that may work for news delivery, where listeners move from one sentence to the next without much investment, the same cannot be said for this audiobook, where one would need to fully focus on what is being said. Funny enough, I bought this hoping to learn CBT to help with my ADHD but forcing myself to focus on this was just painful.

Tldr; Might be better to get the printed version of this book instead

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Dull

So very dull and the readers droning voice didn't help. stopped listening after two chapters as l just wasn't taking any of it in!

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  • Caroline Walker
  • 04-07-22

excellent

I chose this after much looking on amazon for a genuine practical and ballanced book in this subject, which is an ocean. So glad i chose this one and now ive gone through it once i can start again practically putting these gems into place with the helpfull know how and why. I was once sceptical of this area of therapy but now im not because ive realised that it will benefit me for my own emotional, cognitive and daily life needs to be a more healed, balanced and whole one as i allow Jesus and Holy Spirit to work on, in, through and for me for me to live fruitfull with vitality, meaning and joy. He led me to this book and to the HNC Counselling course im also on with Destiny College, Glasgow. Thankyou to the author for being humble and virtuouse reaching out to many in such need of being poor within and to my amazing heavenly Father and friend in Jesus my good shephard, healer, deliverer, saviour, shalom, protection, provider, teacher and victory over chaos, death and rebelliiuse wrong living and thinking. Hes the Lord over all, from where my help comes so whom should i be afraid!? I pray The Lover of our souls visits, speaks, reveals, touches, heals and saves your souls and lives too. John3:16. The Lord bless and keep you and give you His shalom peace! Numbers6:24

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  • keith l sutton
  • 02-25-22

A must do for anxiety

This book is a way of life , make changes for the best don’t think to much , I am 62 and it took me a week or two to understand it so stick with it , I play this every day at the moment after a month , it is a great help ……good luck people

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  • 03-10-21

good basic understanding

just the right length and got to the point quickly.
it helped to explain things in simple terms and was easy to follow.

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  • Brendan
  • 01-16-19

A good follow up book

Seth has increased my understanding with his new strategies for CBT book - enjoyable and easy to understand.

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