Review of The Philosophy of CBT
The European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling
Another positive review in a peer-reviewed academic journal. This one by John W. Owen of the University of Manchester and Bolton Primary Care NHS Trust, a clinical psychologist and former IAPT supervisor,
In The philosophy of cognitive-behaviour therapy, Robertson proposes that the connections between Stoic philosophy and CBT deserve deeper consideration. Within this book, the author offers a detailed comparative analysis of these two schools of thought, and compellingly argues that the origins of CBT are evident in the theory and practice of Stoic philosophy.
The philosophy of cognitive-behavioural therapy particularly highlighted to me the extent to which REBT has its origins within Stoic philosophy. […] Being unfamiliar with the details of Stoic philosophy, I was surprised and intrigued to learn of the important practical aspects of this school of thought. Stoicism does not appear to have been a solely introspective form of philosophy, instead, a range of practical techniques were advocated in the service of self improvement. […] Robertson details an impressive range of Stoic techniques that are analogous to those found in CBT, for example the practice of self-monitoring, the use of coping statements and the practice of journal keeping.
Overall, I found The Philosophy of CBT to be informative and thought provoking. It was both interesting and sobering to reflect upon the possibility that variants of some of the psychotherapeutic techniques that I use on a day-to-day basis in clinical practice may have also been employed to alleviate emotional disturbance in ancient Greece. I would particularly recommend this book for trainee cognitive-behaviour therapists. […] I wonder whether Robertson’s book could serve to foster a broader understanding of the assumptions, philosophical underpinnings and overarching goals of cognitive-behavioural approaches to the alleviation of
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