A second issue is that, since Dr Sudak is a psychiatrist, I wish that she had spent more time describing applications of CBT in treatment of patients who have schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. A reader who does not know the literature would walk away from this book with the impression that CBT is just an adjunct to facilitate medication adherence, which is only a small part of its usefulness. Finally--although hardly the author's fault--the book is pricey for a small paperback and therefore is likely to be beyond the budget of many graduate students and trainees. Unfortunately, this may result in a missed opportunity to facilitate a connection with the next generation of therapists. Despite these shortcomings, this is an excellent brief description of CT that would be perfect for an introductory course on psychotherapy.
Dr Thase is professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pennsylvania.