Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Simple Path to Healing, Hope, and Peace

HarperOne. Dec. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780063075719. $27.99. PSYCH
Psychologist Gillihan (host of the podcast Think Act Be) starts his book off on a strong note with his observation that most of his patients were not just looking for a remedy for pain, but also wanted peace. To achieve that, the author believes that patients treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) should combine it with spirituality and mindfulness practices. He calls this “Mindful CBT” and breaks it down into the concepts of “Think,” “Act,” and “Be.” He also utilizes his own depression and anxiety as examples and explains how it might be best applied. Organized into easy-to-read chapters, the book includes questions and suggestions printed in bold or italics to draw the reader’s attention.
VERDICT This book contains an extensive, useful works cited section, but there are so many personal and professional vignettes that, at times, it becomes a slight distraction. Still, libraries looking to build a self-help collection will benefit from including this title.
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