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“I really enjoyed the approach this book takes. A lot of the material proved to be an eye opener for me.”―Claude F.

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“If you are struggling with depression and anxiety, this manual is unequivocally a must have. This easy to follow guide clearly and systematically outlines the principles of CBT and personal application. This book is masterfully written with relatable examples, allowing the reader to connect and feel understood, offering hope for those who are looking to regain control over their life. This is the newest addition to the self-help library at The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento.”―Robin Zasio, Psy.D., LCSW, The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento

“Dr. Gillihan’s down-to-earth writing style, coupled with his use of concrete examples from his personal and professional life, makes CBT in 7 Weeks a winner, and I highly recommend this book. The exercises are broken down into small steps and the reader is encouraged to revisit each chapter as necessary. This is a stress-free, user-friendly workbook to help people manage anxiety and depression.”―Janet Singer, author of Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery

“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: Retrain Your Brain to Manage Depression and Anxiety is a focused and goal-oriented tool for those who are affected by depression and/or anxiety. Dr. Gillihan introduces the reader to a multitude of evidence-based cognitive behavioral strategies in a well-structured program. The “one chapter per week” workbook approach encourages active participation, self-reflection, and skill building over the course of the 7-week journey. Dr. Gillihan’s compassionate understanding of the human experience, especially of those walking through seasons of depression and anxiety, is evident throughout. ”―Kathleen M. Rupertus, PsyD, Founder/Director of The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center (Wilmington, Delaware); co-author of Loving Someone with OCD

“As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I have struggled to find a resource that clearly explains how to apply the method of CBT. Dr. Gillihan has filled this niche with this beautifully written, highly informative, and approachable book. His voice is relatable, compassionate, and encouraging. Each chapter includes helpful exercises that mirror the kind of “homework” that would be completed in actual therapy. This book is an asset to those who have struggled with anxiety or depression as well as clinicians who want a resource for their patients. ”―Elizabeth A. Gordon, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia

“So many workbooks for anxiety and mood disorders are either scientifically grounded or accessible, but not both. Dr. Gillihan manages to accomplish both in a book that is action oriented and draws from a broad range of empirically supported methods. Application of effective treatments is one of the greatest obstacles facing the field of mental health, and this workbook is a significant step in the right direction. I would recommend it to anyone battling anxiety and/or depression, and to clinicians learning to translate principles into practice. ”―Mark B. Powers, PhD, Director, Trauma and Resilience Program, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

“Dr. Seth Gillihan has crafted an engaging, self-directed treatment guide based on the research-proven fundamentals of cognitive behavioral therapy. In just 7 weeks, readers can learn essential skills to conquering a wide-range of anxiety and mood struggles. Relatable examples and easy-to-follow exercises walk the reader step-by-step through strategies to more effectively manage emotional difficulties that can interfere with life. This is a great way to begin applying CBT principles in your own life and can serve as a useful basis for psychological treatment with a therapist. ”―Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia

“Approachable and comprehensive. Driven by illustrative cases and useful exercises with clear, concise summaries of the underlying theory and supporting evidence. A must-read for anyone seeking life improvement through reduced depression and anxiety. ”―Ben Hunter, MD

“Dr. Gillihan has provided an easy-to-follow roadmap for the millions who struggle with depression and anxiety. Grounded in relatable and realistic examples, Dr. Gillihan helps the reader become aware of how identifying one’s own values and passions can help them achieve their personal goals and desires. I particularly liked the section called “Breaking Negative Thought Patterns” which teaches how recognize when our thoughts are doing us a disservice, and making us overly worried or fearful. The short exercises he provides allow the reader to examine the fact that our thoughts often don’t accurately reflect reality. ”―Mitchell Greene, PhD, Clinical and Sport Psychologist, Haverford, PA

“Whether used as a standalone program for people who want or need to try a program of self-help, or to reinforce cognitive behavioral therapy sessions with a therapist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks is an accessible guide for anyone who wants to apply cognitive behavioral therapy in their day-to-day lives. It breaks down proven strategies for depression and anxiety into simple steps that can be taken to address a variety of different challenges. By the end, the reader will have a set of tools to identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns, change behaviors that are keeping them depressed or anxious, set and achieve goals, and increase activities that they enjoy and value. ”―Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

“Without diluting the science and power of CBT, Dr. Gillihan guides you through a clear, gentle and deeply rewarding journey that can help you live more freely and fully. Whether you face depression or anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks will empower you to harness your strengths and overcome negative thoughts. Like a great coach, Dr. Gillihan helps you to identify what you do well, where you are struggling and then walks alongside you as you practice ways of living without doubt, worry and sadness. The straightforward exercises, descriptive scenarios, and practical advice make this book an indispensable tool for anyone searching to take back his or her life.”―Matthew O. Hurford, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Pittsburgh, PA

“Seth Gillihan’s plain-spoken, calming style effectively fosters the techniques, skills, and insights he shared with his clients. His ability to connect with people who struggle with anxiety or depression is unmatched in my experience, so it is gratifying to see that he will be connecting with thousands of people, one at a time, through this thoroughly engaging, practical guide.”―Robert J. DeRubeis, PhD, Samuel H. Preston Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

About the Author

SETH J. GILLIHAN is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a clinical practice in Haverford, Pennsylvania, where he specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based interventions.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Althea Press; Workbook edition (October 18, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1623157803
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1623157807
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.2 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.52 x 0.65 x 9.25 inches
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Licensed psychologist Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, specializes in mindfulness-centered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other conditions. Dr. Gillihan has written and lectured nationally and internationally on CBT and how the brain is involved in regulating our moods.

Dr. Gillihan is a Fellow of the Center for Neuroscience and Society at Penn. He hosts the weekly Think Act Be podcast, which features conversations on living more fully, and is author of the free guide, "10 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety Every Day," available at

Dr. Gillihan completed his BA in French and biology at Indiana University, his MA in community counseling at The George Washington University, and his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

You can find Dr. Gillihan on the web at and on his blog, Think Act Be. He lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children.

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This book has some severely misogynistic case examples. It's strange that content like this is published in the current day and age.
The example on the attached photo, paragraph two, starts the Breaking Negative Thought Patterns chapter. The rest of the chapter describes how the therapist helped Alex not to feel like a failure at work and like a horrible mother because she was so stressed out at work. All this based on her supervisor telling her that she needs to put in more hours including evenings and weekends because "women have to prove their dedication to their work to be taken seriously". Really? What Alex should have been advised is to see HR to report a gender discrimination case.
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