CBT Worksheets for Anxiety

A Simple CBT Workbook to Record Your Progress When You use CBT for Anxiety

Non-Fiction - Self Help
148 Pages
Reviewed on 06/11/2016
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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

CBT Worksheets for Anxiety (Adult version): A Simple CBT Workbook to Record Your Progress When You use CBT for Anxiety by Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway is more than a workbook as the title suggests; it’s an amazing tool that can help anyone with anxiety transform their lives and live with inner freedom. The book offers insights into issues that affect everyone, such as what happens when we are under any form of threat, the link between worry and anxiety, the relationship between our thoughts and emotions, and much more.

I loved the part about identifying limiting beliefs and how to transcend them, but there is a lot of useful information for readers and therapists. This is the perfect book for everyone, and everyone needs this book because everyone suffers from anxiety and other psychological problems. It’s only the level and intensity that varies from one person to another. The authors, Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway, establish themselves as experts in counseling and offer guideposts that can help anyone transform their anxiety into a formidable tool for self-discovery, self-actualization, and success both in personal life and in business.

This is one of those books that will be invaluable for therapists working with patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and other related mental issues. The writing is beautiful and the work is filled with exercises that allow readers to make the transforming journey through their anxiety, diagrams that are as symbolic as they are helpful, examples that readers will easily relate to, powerful illustrations, and questions that bring clarity and help readers work better on themselves. CBT Worksheets for Anxiety (Adult version): A simple CBT Workbook to Record Your Progress When You use CBT for Anxiety is not just a workbook for people using CBT, but an invaluable and thought-provoking guide for anyone who wants to understand anxiety and to get a complete handle on it.

Jack Magnus

CBT Worksheets for Anxiety is a non-fiction self-help workbook written by Dr. James Manning, ClinPsyD, and Dr. Nicola Ridgeway, ClinPsyD. The authors noted that many of their clients would bring sheets of paper with them to their sessions. They'd use them for working through the exercises introduced during their sessions and make notes for reference for after the session. In this workbook, they have included blank diagrams and exercise forms for readers to use in conjunction with their own therapy sessions and for referral after they've finished with their CBT therapy to prevent relapsing into old behavioural patterns. Manning and Ridgeway include a listing on regulatory agencies in the UK, a references and recommended readings list, and supplementary information and exercises in the appendix.

CBT Worksheets for Anxiety is prefaced by Manning's own account of how his early life was impacted by anxiety and how working with his therapists enabled him to make crucially important changes in his life. I was fascinated by the authors' discussions of anxiety, the role of the brain in behavior, the physiological effects of anxiety, and how one can assess one's symptoms and chart the progress one makes through CBT therapy. The forms, beginning with The Mood Diary where one takes note of the date and time frame during which positive and negative feelings occur, are easy to understand and use, and helpful examples taken from working with their clients are provided. While the authors recommend using this workbook in conjunction with a CBT treatment program, it's also a great hands-on resource for anyone who's interested in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT Worksheets for Anxiety is highly recommended.

Hilary Hawkes

CBT Worksheets for Anxiety by Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway is an informative guide and companion for anyone undertaking cognitive behavioral therapy with a therapist. The book, with its worksheets for recording thoughts, fears and behaviours and progress, could also be used by readers not in therapy but wishing to help themselves. Written by qualified and experienced clinical psychologists, the book explains and summarizes what CBT is, how learning its techniques for understanding, recognizing and challenging our thoughts can aid acceptance, change, new ways of seeing ourselves, and new behaviours. Sections explain how to observe yourself and explore the reasons behind anxious thoughts, fears, and avoidance behaviours. Charts, with examples of how to complete, accompany each chapter so that readers/clients can move through exercises that enable gradual change through challenging safety behaviours, facing fears, and rewriting self-rules – thus breaking free from self-perpetuating cycles.

CBT Worksheets for Anxiety is written with clarity and is a very readable book. James Manning’s Foreword outlines his own experiences with anxiety and depression, and describes the progress and changes he was able to make after discovering CBT himself. I felt this gave the book a warm and empathetic beginning. The information with diagrams about the workings of the various parts of the brain is useful in developing understanding of instinctive behavior and how our behaviours can become entrenched. Following a program of intervention/therapy, Manning and Ridgeway teach the reader how to gradually achieve the changes they want to achieve using the recognized and tested cognitive behavior therapy insights and techniques. The charts are clearly and nicely set out – each following a chapter or section that fully explains what is being helped or changed. Readers new to CBT and its approaches will find understanding and the beginnings of relief from their difficulties if they are prepared to take the recommended steps. The book importantly points out that overcoming fears and anxiety can be uncomfortable, but is very doable for most - and that more intense resistance may mean dealing with unprocessed memories first.

I especially like the chapter on Rules and the rule challenging exercises. Manning and Ridgeway recognize that many readers will need assistance from a therapist to get the most out of using the book, but I thought it would also be a good reminder aid for anyone who has completed therapy too. A few comical cartoon style pictures are included – a good way to convey points and, of course, we can all do with moments of not taking ourselves too seriously. I liked the Emotions Exercise at the end of the book, which teaches a way to acknowledge and accept emotions and how and where they are felt in the body. CBT Worksheets for Anxiety will help anyone get the most out of their therapy and take the steps needed to a more fulfilling, confident, and liberated life.

Mamta Madhavan

CBT Worksheets for Anxiety (Adult version) by Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway is a useful tool that helps to fix Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) on a long term basis. This amazing book with exercises and blank CBT sheets can help all those who are dealing with anxiety to transform their lives. There are many people suffering from depression, anxiety, and psychological problems, and this book is useful for readers to work on themselves and feel better in the long run.

The authors deal with the topic of CBT extensively and give readers detailed information about how it affects our thinking, which in turn affects the way we feel. The diagrams are helpful and the authors' words are useful to all those who want to understand anxiety and deal with it. The book is helpful for those wishing to get rid of their anxiety and it's also very useful for therapists and counselors who work with people dealing with anxiety. All the ideas shared in the book will help readers to look into their behavior and see where changes can be made.

The book shows readers how to record symptoms of anxiety and also to keep a check on their moods to learn about the fluctuations. The personal experiences of the authors make the book more plausible, and for readers to connect with their words and suggestions.

Gisela Dixon

CBT Worksheets for Anxiety (Adult version) by Dr James Manning and Dr Nicola Ridgeway is a book specifically on CBT or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and exercises related to it. CBT Worksheets for Anxiety focuses on CBT from a practical viewpoint. The book starts off with an introduction by the authors, explaining what CBT is and its role in helping to minimize anxiety and related disorders. After that, the book is divided into chapters that address the practical aspects of CBT such as learning behaviours, re-training our mind and developing new habits, establishing new rules, becoming self-aware and creating new thought patterns, etc. Throughout these chapters, a number of worksheets are provided that can be filled out and used as one goes along.

CBT Worksheets for Anxiety is a comprehensive workbook on CBT that provides some hands-on tips and exercises. I liked the part at the end where a dialogue between therapist and patient illustrates some of the common questions we all have about anxiety, worry, rumination, etc. This book can be a nice complement to other books or practices that one may refer to. On its own, it may be slightly limited strictly to the practical aspects of CBT, but since CBT is used in a multitude of mental health scenarios, this book can certainly be an aid and a useful tool.