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1st Edition

A Casebook of Cognitive Therapy for Traumatic Stress Reactions

Edited By

Nick Grey

ISBN 9780415438032
Published August 18, 2009 by Routledge
328 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Many people experience traumatic events and whilst some gradually recover from such experiences, others find it more difficult and may seek professional help for a range of problems. A Casebook of Cognitive Therapy for Traumatic Stress Reactions aims to help therapists who may not have an extensive range of clinical experience.

The book includes descriptions and case studies of clinical cases of cognitive behavioural treatments involving people who have experienced traumatic events, including:

  • people with phobias, depression and paranoid delusions following traumatic experiences
  • people with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • people who have experienced multiple and prolonged traumatizations
  • people who are refugees or asylum-seekers.

All chapters are written by experts in the field and consider what may be learned from such cases. In addition it is considered how these cases can be applied more generally in cognitive behavioural treatments for traumatic stress reactions.

This book will be invaluable to all mental health professionals and in particular to therapists wanting to treat people who have experienced traumatic events, allowing them to creatively apply their existing knowledge to new clinical cases.


Table of Contents

Ehlers, Foreword. Grey, Cognitive Therapy for Traumatic Stress Reactions: An Introduction. Moulds, Mastrodomenico, Hopwood, Bryant, Cognitive Therapy for Acute Stress Disorder. Handley, Salkovskis, Hackmann, Ehlers, Travel, Trauma and Phobia: Treating the Survivors of Transport Related Trauma. Stott, Tripping into Trauma: Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment for a Traumatic Stress Reaction Following Recreational Drug Use. Smith, Steel, ‘Suspicion is my Friend’: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Post-Traumatic Persecutory Delusions. Wheatley, Hackmann, Brewin, Imagery Re-scripting for Intrusive Sensory Memories in Major Depression Following Traumatic Experiences. Kennerley, Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Dissociation. Grey, McManus, Hackmann, Clark, Ehlers, Intensive Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Case Studies. Wild, Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Permanent Physical Injury. Liness, Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Panic Disorder. Stobie, Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Holmes, Butler, Cognitive Therapy and Suicidality in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: And Recent Thoughts on Flashbacks to Trauma versus "Flash-forwards" to Suicide. Stallworthy, Cognitive Therapy for People with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Multiple Events: Working Out Where to Start. Duffy, Gillespie, Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Arising from Terrorist Violence and Civil Conflict. Lee, Compassion-focused Cognitive Therapy for Shame-based Trauma Memories and Flashbacks in Post-Taumatic Stress Disorder. Young, Cognitive Therapy for Survivors of Torture. Mueller, The Role of Narrative Exposure Therapy in Cognitive Therapy for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. d'Ardenne, Farmer, Using Interpreters in Trauma Therapy.

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Nick Grey is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. His clinical work is providing outpatient cognitive therapy to people with anxiety disorders.


"A Casebook of Cognitive Therapy for Traumatic Stress Reactions is the best book to date on this topic. This uniformly outstanding casebook thoughtfully illustrates creative and practical treatment guidelines derived from the latest trauma research. Therapist-client dialogues facilitate a three-dimensional appreciation of central therapy processes. Many topics glossed over in other PTSD manuals are afforded detailed discussion such as how to manage suicidal ideation and how to choose treatment priorities when trauma reactions are co-morbid with other disorders. The chapter on the use of language interpreters in trauma therapy compassionately sets guidelines for assessing and addressing interpreters' emotional reactions so these do not compromise client care or cause harm to the interpreter. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every clinician, whether novice or expert, and predict it will quickly become one of the most dog-eared books on your desk from frequent and welcome use." - Christine A. Padesky, Co-Founder, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Huntington Beach, California, USA

"CBT is at the forefront of research into PTSD and other disorders so the book will deliver new material and the range of traumatic reactions to be discussed is, to my knowledge, not currently found elsewhere...it's likely to be a set book for PTSD courses." - Michael Neenan

"At an academic level I probably have not done the book justice in terms of the wealth of information it provides. I hope the contributors will understand that it is partly due to my limited knowledge of cognitive therapy and trauma, and my different training orientation. Bearing those factors in mind, I congratulate the authors and editor that I still gained so much from this book." - Janet Dandy, The Independent Practitioner, Summer 2010