Mind and Emotions
We all have our own ways of handling stressful situations without letting emotions get the best of us, but some ways of coping work better than others. Short-term fixes that help us avoid or numb our emotions may temporarily alleviate sadness and anger, but can also end up causing anxiety, depression, chronic anger, and even physical health problems. If you struggle with overwhelming emotions and feel trapped by unhealthy patterns, this workbook is your ticket out.
- Clarifying and acting on your core values
- Mindfulness and acceptance
- Detaching from negative thoughts
- Self-soothing and relaxation exercises
- Assertiveness and interpersonal skills
- Gradually facing your strong emotions
This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit - an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties.
Find more help online at cbt-self-help-therapy.com. CBT Self-Help Therapy offers web-based therapy for mood disorders, offering individualized, interactive treatment for anxiety, depression, anger, shame, and guilt. It is based on the book Mind & Emotions: A Universal Treatment for Emotional Disorders, but the site stands alone. It can be used by clients working on their own, or their therapists can monitor their work on the secure server. Other modules in CBT Self-Help Therapy offer treatment for stress and emotion dysregulation.
The CBT Self-Help Therapy site combines three evidence-based treatment approaches: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
“In Mind and Emotions, Matthew McKay, Patrick Fanning, and Patricia Zurita Ona provide invaluable information for people experiencing difficulties regulating their emotions. Not only will readers learn about the factors contributing to their ongoing pain, but they’ll also learn practical skills for improving their ability to manage these intense emotions. I love the fact that these authors were able to reflect real-life psychotherapy by taking an eclectic approach to the treatment of emotion dysregulation.”
—Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada, and author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, and The Bipolar Workbook for Teens
“This concisely written book offers well-developed, practical tools for readers intent on attending to their emotional needs. There is indeed a synergy in combining the best of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy—it’s an approach that promises to help readers pursue a purposeful life.”
—Patricia J. Robinson, PhD, health care consultant and coauthor of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression and Real Behavior Change in Primary Care
“Many self-help books offer tips and suggestions on how to cope with only one challenging emotion, such as anxiety or depression. Unfortunately, anxiety and depression go together, and most of us who struggle in dealing with one emotion have difficulties in managing others as well. This new and impressive workbook by McKay, Fanning, and Zurita Ona provides a welcome alternative to having to buy and follow separate books for each specific emotional difficulty you may encounter in life. Mind and Emotions will guide you through an easy-to-follow set of skills designed to put you, rather than your emotions, back in charge of your life.”
—Robert D. Zettle, PhD, professor of psychology at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, and author of ACT for Depression
“At last! Here's your chance to clear the clutter off your shelves and get rid of all those other self-help books that don't work. McKay, Fanning, and Zurita Ona have put together a single, effective treatment for multiple forms of emotional pain. Based on research and years of success, Mind and Emotions is sure to be the one book people will turn to for help.”
—Jeffrey C. Wood, PsyD, clinical psychologist, coauthor of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, and author of The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills Workbook for Personality Disorders
“With compassion and clarity, the authors present a universal approach to the universal pain and suffering that accompanies mental health problems. Readers will find much in Mind and Emotions to calm the emotional storms that are barriers to living life fully and passionately.”
—Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and University of California, Berkeley, and author of Digging Out
“This book is beautifully written in simple, clear, and precise language. In very short, highly informative chapters, the best-known techniques for leaning to manage painful emotions are described and then a range of concrete strategies for practicing these strategies is presented. This book can not only be used as part of a self-help program, but also as part of an emotion management skills training group or as an adjunct to individual counseling for emotion management difficulties.”
—Kirk Strosahl, PhD, author of Real Behavior Change in Primary Care
“Mind and Emotions draws thoughtfully on a transdiagnostic perspective and a triad of evidence-based treatments for emotional problems. Beyond its self-help value to the public, this unique workbook constitutes a rich resource for practitioners seeking to enhance their therapeutic effectiveness.”
—Thomas F. Cash, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Old Dominion University and author of The Body Image Workbook
“The tools described in this book are drawn from the most effective therapies for emotional disorders that are available today. Used consistently, these tools can change your life.”
—Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley
“Mind and Emotions provides a wide range of strategies and exercises for changing the behaviors and thoughts that contribute to uncomfortable feelings such as anxiety, depression, anger, and shame. This book is practical, well-written, and packed with helpful advice.”
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto and author of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook
“Mind and Emotions offers a clear and practical entry into the complex and often confusing world of emotions and emotional pain. The authors are experts in the field of mental health and psychotherapy, and it shows in this work. Their accessible and easy-to-follow practices will empower and promote emotional healing for anyone who takes the time to work through this excellent program.”
—Jeffrey Brantley, MD, consulting associate in the Duke Department of Psychiatry, author of Calming Your Anxious Mind, and coauthor of Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind and the Five Good Minutes® series