1st Edition

Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Counseling Practice

By Jon Sperry, Len Sperry Copyright 2018
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    This Cognitive Behavior Therapy text is brief, practical, comprehensive, and tailored just for counselors. Evidence-based CBT techniques are specifically adapted to counseling including core-counseling concepts such as social justice, strengths, wellness, and diversity (e.g., ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, disability) which are interwoven throughout the book’s content. Each chapter includes case vignettes that reflect the work of professional counselors in school, clinical mental health, marital and family, and rehabilitation settings.

    Introduction: Why CBT is Essential in Counseling Practice Today 1. The  Evolution of CBT Practice  2. CBT Theory and Competencies  3. Contemporary CBT Approaches 4. CBT Processes  5. CBT Interventions  6. Diversity and CBT Practice 7. Evaluating CBT  8. The Future of CBT  APPENDICES A. Glossary of key terms: 100+ of the most common CBT terms that counselors need to know  B. Suggested readings  References  Index


    Jon Sperry, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lynn University and a staff therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Atlantic University. He has extensive training in CBT and practices, supervises, and consults on the use of CBT. He has published several articles and book chapters and is co-author of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of DSM-5 Personality Disorders: Assessment, Case Conceptualization and Treatment and Case Conceptualization: Mastering this Competency with Ease and Confidence.

    Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is Professor and Director of Clinical Training at Florida Atlantic University and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has practiced, taught, and written about CBT for over three decades and has had extensive formal training in CBT. Among his 1000+ professional publications are several articles, book chapters, and books on CBT, including the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of DSM-5 Personality Disorders, and Treatment of Chronic Medical Conditions: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Strategies and Integrative Treatment Protocols.

    For Counseling Professionals and students of the Counseling Profession who have too often thought of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as a set of rationally oriented interventions or felt required to use it for insurance purposes, get ready to feel renewed in the heart and soul of this approach. Sperry and Sperry's Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Professional Counseling Practice is a tour de force of CBT models, presented in the ways they are meant to be practiced: They are relationally centered, wellness-oriented, and informed by both cultural and theoretical diversity. This is not the CBT that one settles for; it is CBT that counselors can fully embrace.

    -James Robert Bitter, Ed.D. Professor of Counseling and Human Services, East Tennessee State University

    Counselors, teachers and students of counseling, and frankly anyone working to help people enhance their mental and emotional well-being, can find their efforts immeasurably enhanced by applying insights and knowledge gained through reading this excellent and insightful book. Myths are debunked. The roots of CBT, its core principles and techniques, branches and recent off-shoots are presented. This valuable book by Jon and Len Sperry contains just about everything readers want to know about CBT, and then some!

    -Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, Adjunct Professor of Psychology - Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology: Columbia University, Psychologist, Writer, Presenter



    Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Professional Counseling Practice is a book that has been hiding in plain sight for several years.  Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has established a strong base of empirical support.  Similarly, clinical professional counselors have, as a profession, developed substantially to the point of being one of the major growth areas in mental health practice. Sperry and Sperry have brought these two elements together in a clear, practical, and useful way. This is one more impressive volume from a well-experienced CBT therapist and teacher that has value for the counseling student or professional counselor,


    Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., Sc.D., ABPP, LCPC, Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Touro College, New York, NY


    Drs. Sperry and Sperry have done an excellent job of highlighting concepts and techniques of the cognitive behavior therapies for practitioners. I especially like their critique of the myths of CBT and their putting this approach into perspective. They clearly show how the therapeutic alliance is fundamental to practicing CBT effectively, and how the relationship is central in any therapy. I appreciated their overview of the "third wave" contemporary CBT approaches, as this discussion illustrates the evolution of cognitive behavioral therapies. This is a practical book that provides a good overview of various aspects of CBT.


    Gerald Corey, EdD, ABPP, Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Counseling, California State University, Fullerton