The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism: Evidence-Based Skills to Help You Let Go of Self-Criticism, Build Self-Esteem & Find Balance by Sharon Martin, MSW
The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism begins with a discussion about perfectionism and how it can show up in people’s lives. Readers are taught to identify times when perfectionism is causing them problems and coping skills for dealing with it.
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About the author:
Sharon Martin, LCSW is a psychotherapist with a private practice in San Jose, CA. She blogs about perfectionism and self-compassion at Happily Imperfect. Sharon is also a private practice coach and works with therapists who are struggling to launch their business or develop a blogging practice.
What we love:
I really enjoyed this workbook because it made a lot of sense. As I worked through it, I found myself understanding my behavior better. I also noticed that I didn’t tire of the exercises because they were clearly tied to the chapter and I could easily see benefit in them.
The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism is evidence based without being too clinical for clients. I found the worksheets helpful. They often required reflection and were concrete enough to offer practical value. They were easy to understand and filled with impactfull exercises. As a bonus, readers have access to additional digital copies of several worksheets so they can continue using them.
What we didn’t:
I might be outing myself as a perfectionist here but I craved a bit more structure in the instructions for using the book. I think it would be helpful to add a suggestion like, “don’t do more than one chapter per day because you need to let this stuff sink in.” I plan to explain that to clients I recommend this workbook to.
I am looking forward to using The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism with several of my clients. I think it’s a great resource. It is also helpful for those of us clinicians who need to focus more on self-compassion in our own lives.
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