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CBT: A Clinician's Guide to Using the Five Areas Approach

1st Edition

By Chris Williams, Marie Chellingsworth

CRC Press

256 pages

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This book is essential reading for practitioners involved in introducing the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) into their clinical practice and making it truly accessible to practitioners and patients alike. It covers:

  • How to support someone in 10, 20 or 60 minutes using the successful and proven

    five areas model

  • The challenges faced and how to overcome these when working using guided

    CBT self-help

  • How to offer support face to face, or using telephone, email, or classes
  • Practical information and advice for all those wishing to use the five areas guided

    CBT interventions in their clinical practice

  • How to introduce, support and review progress using the Plan, Do, Review model
  • A description of the wide range of five areas resources and how to use them with


  • Support scripts and linked online resources

The book provides a proven delivery model for wider dissemination of this evidence-based CBT approach. It is essential reading for general practitioners, psychologists, psychological well-being practitioners (PWPs), self-help support workers, coaches, counsellors, nurses, occupational therapists, teachers, psychiatrists, condition management/back to work teams, managers and commissioners and other practitioners wishing to incorporate CBT as part of their practice and services.


'This book is a 'must have' for any clinician working across all steps; not only with common mental health problems but also with physical and long term health conditions. It is a brilliant and user friendly guide to using the five areas approach…'

CBT Today

'… a fantastic and flexible way to illustrate how common mental health problems affect people's lives and how to help people overcome their problems through the five areas approach whether in large group settings or face to face working'.

CBT Today

Table of Contents


Getting To Know the Five Areas Approach

Why is there a need for accessible forms of cognitive behavioral therapy?

Key elements of the Five Areas model

Using The Five Areas Approach

Clinical assessment and selling the model

Completing a collaborative Five Areas assessment

Using the Five Areas assessment to understand why the person feels as they do

Supporting and reviewing progress

Setting goals and monitoring progress using the Plan, Do, Review model

Offering structured support face to face and by telephone or email

Delivering support in the LLTTF and other classes

Resources Overview

Five Areas written resources for low mood and stress

Five Areas online, DVD and audio multimedia resources for low mood and stress

Supervision, Training and Service Implications

Case management and supervision

Training and supporting practitioners in using the Five Areas approach

The Five Areas In Action

Five Areas model as a first contact assessment tool in an IAPT team in England

Five Areas books with GP support

Five Areas depression book plus telephone support in Canada

Use of the Overcoming Anxiety book in an IAPT service

Little CBT Books delivered by housing workers in England

Little CBT Books delivered by social services via telephone and LLTTF classes

LLTTF classes delivered in community settings

LLTTF classes with university students

LLTTF classes in schools

Using the Little CBT Books in secondary schools

Living Life to the Full free online course (www.llttf.com)

Living Life to the Full Interactive (www.llttf.com) offered across Scotland (pilot service)

Overcoming Bulimia Online (www.overcomingbulimiaonline.com) delivered in a specialist eating disorders service

Overcoming Anorexia Online (www.overcominganorexiaonline.com) delivered in a specialist eating disorders clinic

Self-help clinic in a primary care mental health team

Supporter Scripts and Resources

About the Authors

Dr Chris Williams BSc (Hons) MBCHB MMedSc MD FRCPsych is Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Marie Chellingsworth RMN, Dip Nursing, BSc (Hons) is Course Director (IAPT) and Senior Lecturer in Psychological Therapies, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham, and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Administration
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health