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Bulimia Nervosa: A Cognitive Therapy Programme for Clients

by Myra Cooper and Gillian; Wells, Adrian Todd Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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This manual is written for professionals working with people suffering with bulimia nervosa and for sufferers themselves. It provides a framework for understanding what maintains the disorder and why it has developed. In addition, there is a step-by-step programme to aid recovery. The authors draw on developments in cognitive theory and on innovation and cognitive th erapy treatment strategies. They focus on the link between thinking and behaviour, and give guidance on learning how to identify and change negative thoughts, underlying assumptions and core self beliefs. Factual information is presented alongside a programme of work sheets, self-assessment questionnaries and case examples from the authors' professional experience.

Part 1: background and basics. Part 2: Bulimia Nervosa: the facts; introduction to Bulimia Nervosa; theories of Bulimia Nervosa. Part 3: you and Bulimia Nervosa; do I have Bulimia Nervosa? Part 4: the programme; encouraging change; why change?; the cognitive model; three important types of thoughts; the myth of control; confirming control; identifying permissive thoughts; challenging permissive thoughts; identifying positive beliefs about eating; challenging positive beliefs about eating; understanding obsessive thoughts; reducing obsessive thoughts; identifying the triggers of bingeing; challenging thoughts that trigger bingeing; identifying underlying assumptions; challenging underlying assumptions; identifying core beliefs; challenging core beliefs; preventing relapse.

Adrian Wells is senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the school of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the University of Manchester; he also works as a consultant clinical psychologist in Central Manchester NHS Trust. Gillian Todd is a cognitive therapist at Addenbrooke's NHS Trust and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. Myra Cooper is research tutor at the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology at the Warneford Hospital and principal clinical psychologist at Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust.