ABCT Self-Help Book Recommendations
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies embraces the vision of “applying science to the prevention and treatment of behavioral and emotional problems.”
The number of self-help books and resources available for mental health problems can be overwhelming. As part of our commitment to educate the public about scientific approaches to the treatment of psychological problems,
each year ABCT identifies published self-help books that incorporate scientifically tested cognitive-behavioral therapy principles or strategies for overcoming these difficulties. However, the ABCT Self-Help Book Recommendations
List is NOT an award or a designation that the book has achieved a standard of excellence. Being listed indicates that the book in question, at a minimum, meets the following basic, fundamental scientific criteria:
the book discusses cognitive and/or behavioral principles or theories that have consistent and sufficient documented scientific support (books describing methods without a consistent and sufficient body of
scientific support would not be eligible) OR the book itself has documented scientific support as a stand-alone or adjunctive treatment.
The self-help books appearing on the ABCT website are solely intended to give the reader an overview of how a behavior therapist or cognitive behavior therapist might approach a particular problem or treatment
that is based upon scientific evidence. In no way is the ABCT listing of self-help books exhaustive. There may be other excellent self-help books on a variety of disorders that do not appear on our website.
Books appearing on our website or those listed as ABCT Self-Help Book Recommendations List should be viewed as supplemental resources for members of the general public (in consultation with
a licensed mental health professional) to learn more about disorders and approaches that CBT-trained therapists might use to treat these conditions; this in no way should be viewed as an
endorsement nor should the reader view the material in the books as a substitute for care from a professional. Although some books on this list have been tested for use as standalone or adjunctive treatments,
ABCT recommends that readers evaluate these studies in consultation with a licensed mental health professional to make decisions about their use and does not endorse their use as stand-alone or adjunctive treatments.
ABCT has no financial interest in any of the self-help books on the list.
Individuals interested in submitting a book for consideration should visit
There should be no contact between any parties representing the book and the ABCT Self-help Book Recommendations
Committee after a book has been submitted unless initiated by the committee in order to obtain information. Additionally, if information from future studies suggests that a book on the ABCT Self-help Books
Recommendations list or the treatments upon which a book is based is not effective or is harmful, or ABCT feels that claims made by the book outstrip its evidence base, ABCT reserves the right to remove books from the ABCT Recommendations list.
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