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I'm not a cognitive science student, but I'm interested in CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and I'm using it to overcome some of the problems I have.

However, I have difficulty in finding resources online for it. AMAIK CBT has a list of cognitive errors, which I prefer to call dysfunctional mental sceneries. You can simply Google for common cognitive errors and you end up with like 20 good results.

To overcome those errors, people are encouraged to use some techniques like reality testing for example. But I can't find a good comprehensive list of techniques used in CBT. Here are the links to sites I've found:

http://cognitivetechniques.com/what-is-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-cbt/ http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/treatment/cognitive-techniques http://brownbackmason.com/articles/5-common-techniques-of-the-cognitive-behavioral-therapist

However they barely provide more than 5 techniques. In comparison to the lists of cognitive errors, it seems that there are not enough cognitive techniques proposed by cognitive psychologists. I've heard somewhere that we have more than 100 cognitive techniques, and I can't find more than 5 on the Internet.

Is it that I've misunderstood techniques part of CBT? Or is it that techniques are not free to be published online? Can anyone clarify me here, or show me a comprehensive list of cognitive techniques?

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I'm sure they are online somewhere (I don't know where, though, sorry). However, for $15 you can get the theory and practice right from the horse's mouth: amazon.com/Cognitive-Therapy-Emotional-Disorders-Psychology/dp/… –  Chuck Sherrington Jul 2 '13 at 4:02
The writing is powerful and dense, but it's accessible. –  Chuck Sherrington Jul 2 '13 at 4:03
Self-help questions are generally off topic here, but I think this is general enough. I think the term you are looking for is "cognitive distortions" though. –  Chuck Sherrington Jul 2 '13 at 4:10
I think I can change the question such that it ask for a comprehensive list of cognitive techniques. –  Saeed Neamati Jul 2 '13 at 5:20

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You might want to check out http://www.anxietyonline.org.au/ . It's free for the eTherapy version and is funded by the Australian federal government.

A colleague of mine gave a presentation and it looks really good. From the website:

Anxiety Online is a comprehensive online mental health service offering information, assessment, online diagnosis and treatment programs ("eTherapy") for the anxiety disorders:-

Once you have gone through the the fairly long diagnostic process, you get access to a range of eTherapy resources. In particular, you can use it to learn more about CBT. It has exercises and videos.

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Dear @jeromyanglim, thanks for answering, but that's not what I want. I simply want a comprehensive list of cognitive techniques presented in CBT. Just like what Wikipedia has to offer for cognitive distortions. –  Saeed Neamati Jul 2 '13 at 5:25

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