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Review of my book from the Midwest Book Review


Learn How To Cope with Death, Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: Helpful Tips from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Veronica Semenova, Ph.D.

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ASIN: B00RCUVRVW              $5.94



Learn How To Cope with Death, Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: Helpful Tips from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is intended to supplement – not replace – therapy; but in its capacity as a co-counselor it offers a powerful adjunct to the process of recovery, and is recommended for any going through the process who choose behavioral change as their method of choice.


Chapters take five common parts of this process and expand upon them, applying CBT concepts to the routes of grief and bereavement (two different things, as this book explains) and considering what happens when the progress of either fails.


One satisfying aspect of this handbook is that it explains that there is no singular path to resolution, but many choices in grieving and bereavement. Grief varies between young and old, in different cultures and religions, and between individuals. It can depend on levels of existing dysfunction, interpersonal relationships, and more – and part of the role of the CBT therapist is an educational one as well as that of guidance.


With its roots in CBT concepts, this book is solidly grounded in applied psychological theory, so readers should best have some entry-level understanding of the discipline, because passages get technical and specific in their discussions of the grief process and the therapist's role to handling them: "The most common CBT interventions used in the treatment of complicated and problematic grief responses include flooding, imaginal exposure to grief causing stimuli, cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, learning of health-protective behaviors (getting enough rest, nutrition, exercise), the attribution of personal meaning to the loss, distinguishing “letting go” from forgetting the deceased. In patients, who are chronically grieving or somehow “stuck” in the grief process, CBT is helpful in identifying the underlying distortion."


Despite its occasional descent into psychological jargon, Learn How To Cope with Death, Loss, Grief, and Bereavement offers an overall clarification of CBT's approaches to grief, outlines a combination of theory and practice, and serves as an excellent home reference and supplement to an overall CBT therapy approach, providing an overview of the subject and insights on the kinds of positive results therapists seek in the course of their work with the grieving.


Why choose this book over others on the subject, and why read it if therapy has begun? Quite simply because having a 'road map' to the objectives and basic theory will serve as a invaluable guide to the overall course of action – and because Learn How To Cope with Death, Loss, Grief, and Bereavement's specific focus on CBT methods allows the reader to understand its specific approaches and their underlying beliefs.


And in the world of psychology, 'redundancy' is not a bad word, but one key to creating new, healthier patterns of recovery and interaction.


D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR



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