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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Strategies for use in General Practice: Effective Psychological Strategies for Medical Practitioners

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By Dr Leah Giarratano B.A. (Hons.), M.Psych., D.Psych.


This manual instructs medical practitioners in effective, evidence-based psychological strategies for their anxious and depressed patients. The text is highly practical and offers numerous case studies demonstrating how to implement the dozens of cognitive and behavioural treatment techniques covered. All assessment and treatment strategies have been specifically designed for use by GPs in general practice consultations, and hundreds of Australian GPs have completed the training program upon which this textbook is based. This book contains 12 chapters and 253 pages. It was published in 2004. Book size is 210mm x 150mm.

Topics include:

  • Psychological symptoms in general practice patients
  • Psychological concepts underlying health anxiety
  • Treating psychological symptoms in general practice settings
  • Helping your patient feel understood
  • Identifying psychological contributions to the presenting problem (cognitive and behavioural assessment strategies to assist in problem formulation and treatment planning)
  • Providing a cognitive behavioural rationale (making the connection for the patient between their physical symptoms and a psychological approach to their management)
  • Exposure therapy for avoidance behaviours
  • Arousal reduction exercises (dozens of stress management techniques for reducing hyperarousal; including breathing control strategies, grounding and distraction exercises, relaxation and self-hypnosis exercises, visual imagery and isometrics)
  • Cognitive restructuring (the fundamentals of challenging and modifying irrational and unhelpful thinking)
  • Self-care for health professionals

The table of contents is as follows:
Chapter 1: Psychological symptoms in general practice patients
Chapter 2: Psychological concepts underlying health anxiety
Chapter 3: Treating psychological symptoms in general practice settings
Chapter 4: Training GPs to treat psychological symptoms
Chapter 5: About this program
Chapter 6: Helping your patient feel understood
Chapter 7: Identifying psychological contributions
Chapter 8: Making the link for the patient: providing a CBT rationale
Chapter 9: Exposure therapy
Chapter 10: Arousal Reduction
Chapter 11: Cognitive restructuring
Chapter 12: Self-care for health professionals

Note: The following manual completes the above text by providing clinician resources and handouts for distribution to clients. It also includes case plans and answers to the questions posed throughout the text.

Giarratano, L (2004) CBT for GPs: GP and Patient Resources, Talomin Books, Sydney, Australia ISBN 1-920902-05-8

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ISBN 978-1-92090-201-8 (Softcover)


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