Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a powerful tool to help people overcome their problems and live a better life. Unfortunately, clients often do not make the most of their therapy experience. Getting Better Every Day will teach you how to optimize the process of personal change and help you make your treatment more effective.
Getting Better Every Day is based on the principle that personal growth through CBT is not a treatment done to you, but something you do. Your therapist support and guide you through the process. Knowing what it needs to happen for you to change and achieve your goals is not only your therapist's responsibility but also yours.
You need to be aware that CBT is as much as an action therapy as talking therapy. If you talk about your problems, but you are not willing to practice your skills and apply them in your life, the benefits will be minimal.
It is also crucial to keep in mind that a CBT goal is to facilitate long-term changes that apply to your life. Therefore, each session's goal is not always to do whatever it takes to make you feel good as soon as possible. Frequently, the goal is to teach you how to accept and endure uncomfortable or painful emotions in the process of overcoming your problems and developing useful coping skills and resilience.
Success in therapy is made up of many small changes that all accumulate over time. You need to make every day count and go to bed a little more empowered each day. Getting Better Every Day notebook will keep you focused on your therapy goals and the activities to achieve them.
“Getting Better Every Day is a tremendously valuable resource for anybody who is receiving CBT or thinking about starting CBT. Written in a clear, well-organized, compassionate voice, and providing straight answers to important questions, Salas spells out all the essential things clients need to know to get the most out of their CBT experience. In the best spirit of expert psycho-education, Salas includes a therapy workbook to facilitate and maximize the reader's active participation in CBT, to improve their memory for the contents of therapy, and to chart both their self-help practices and progress in treatment. Therapists who use the Salas volume will raise the bar for their own adherence to best practices, benefiting everyone.”
- Cory F. Newman, Ph.D. ABPP, Director, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and Adjunct Faculty at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
“Getting Better Every Day is a must-read for all clients participating in CBT. Dr. Salas comprehensively addresses the most common questions, concerns, and issues confronting clients as they navigate their course through therapy. Moreover, he educates clients about cognitive-behavioral therapy's essential aspects and clearly explains this approach's core elements. Using empirical evidence to drive his suggestions, the author also offers state-of-the-art information that will maximize clients' likelihood of making meaningful and sustainable changes. Particularly noteworthy is the Notebook section, which provides a user-friendly guide for benefiting from therapy. Dr. Salas has taken his notable expertise and years of experience as a therapist, trainer, and supervisor and rolled them into a useful and helpful manual to help clients change.” -
Robert DiTomasso, Ph.D. ABPP. Dean, School of Professional and Applied Psychology, Professor of Psychology, and Director of Institutional Outcomes Assessment at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia.
Dr. Jesús A. Salas is an expert Cognitive Behavior Therapy practitioner and workshop presenter. Dr Salas is an adjunct faculty member of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research among other appointments. In the book “Getting Better Every Day: The Client Guide to Cognitive Behavior Therapy Treatment,” Dr. Salas has prepared an easy to understand guide covering both the format and content of sessions that outlines what patients can expect during the course of treatment. Many useful worksheets are included to help patients prepare for sessions. This book could usefully add to the resources supporting patients as they engage in Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
- Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD. Research Director and Principal Researcher, Translational Clinical Psychology Research Division, Institute of Social Neuroscience, Melbourne, Australia