Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe

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Repetition makes your brain build neural circuits. This happens when you do anything over and over, whether you’re playing the guitar, thinking unwanted thoughts, or feeling unpleasant emotions. Don’t become a virtuoso in unhappiness. You can retrain your brain. Find out how in this book.

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Emotions are not frivolous or a luxury. Research shows we are paralysed without them—literally stalled in our tracks. Emotions are our rudders, our compass; they tell us which ‘rational’ thought to follow.

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Therapy really works. I know this from seeing many people get their lives back after years of struggle and suffering, as well as from my own experience.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is evidenced based – the research shows it works, again and again. CBT is an umbrella term for techniques that allow you and your brain to learn new ways of thinking and feeling. Then, these new habits become your regular, everyday ones. CBT helps with depression, anxiety, recovery from trauma, troubling thoughts and lots of other problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: The Essential Guide

My book, ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy—The Essential Guide’ is exactly what it says on the tin. It provides everything you need to make it work for you, including detailed exercises and work sheets. Here, I winnowed down everything that I found worked best, during my over 20 years as a therapist.

What makes this book stand out from the crowd, is that I explain how and why CBT works in the brain. It is always easier to try something when you understand how it works.

Ever react before you realise what you’re doing? On page 110, I explain why this happens, and ways to retrain your brain to make it work for you.

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What readers say:

…The book is an easy read. The author uses humour, quotes and everyday examples to make her points. She also includes a number of surveys that, if completed, make cognitive behavioural theories personal…. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to make changes or seeking to build and grow on existing strengths.


Thank you, I found this book very useful in understanding about CBT. It was well laid out and very informative and I would certainly recommend it to others.


This one really does live up to its title…The positive, practical tone of this book and its brevity are welcome…Almost every chapter presents a mixture of theory and practical suggestions for taking steps towards change.

Omar Sattaur, BACP Counsellor
Book Review: Therapy Today, July 2012