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Apr 2015 by PCI College

Bite-sized Book Review: Fight your Dark Shadow - Managing Depression with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy by Thierry Rosenvald & Tian P. S. Oei

Caroline Pedley, PCI College Lecturer and facilitator of the upcoming workshop 'Taming the Anxious Mind with CBT Tools' reviews Rosenvald & Oei's book and finds it to be full of motivation, humour and a great support to those suffering depression or their families and friends.

This little book 'Fight Your Dark Shadow' offers a powerful light to shine into the deep shadow of depression.

Depression comes in all shapes and sizes. Our internal dialogue becomes negative and we begin to feel powerless over everyday aspects of our lives.  Our internal world is shaped by our external experiences: on a bad day our negative internal dialogue gets very loud and overwhelms us and we become masters/slaves to our thoughts.   Beginning the journey out of the dark shadow and working towards recovery takes time, love and support. 

The book is full of cognitive behavioural techniques and skills that work towards identifying the clear link between how we think (cognitions) and how we feel (emotions). In order to reduce our stress levels we need to learn to recognise and alter our negative perceptions and thought processes and begin to understand the crucial link between thought, feeling and behaviour.

This book is written by a client suffering the debilitating effects of depression and a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural expert.  It guides you through the principles and processes of cognitive therapy which is clearly mapped out and easy to digest for the reader.  The book is aimed at people who feel they might be suffering from depression or low mood.  If already diagnosed with depression the book can serve to enhance your treatment plan.   It also helps family and friends understand what you are going through. Applying the principles of CBT can help you climb out of the shadow of depression.

I recommend this book to my clients regularly as I believe that it offers them a way to communicate with family and friends, while guiding and encouraging them to take back control of their lives and feel they can not only contribute but aid their healing and recovery.

CBT helps you get to know your strengths, weaknesses and limitations and offers valuable life skills to support you through stressful times. This book is a wonderful support if you want to know more about the subject of depression.  It has an essential toolkit to help guide you through the bad days and maximise the good days.  It aims to help you manage your depression and problems more efficiently.  The illustrations help you quickly access the information that relates best to how you are feeling.  The message is simple - identify your problem areas and practice the skills and strategies that focus on solutions. The book is full of motivation and enthusiasm and uses humour and illustrations to help lighten the burden and heavy load that comes along with depression. 

Caroline Pedley, MIACP (April 2015)
PCI College Lecturer


B.Sc. (Hons) Couns./Psych., Dip. Supervision,
Prof. Cert. C.B.T., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, C. S.M.E.


Caroline will facilitate a two-day workshop 'Taming the Anxious Mind with CBT Tools' on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th May in PCI College, Dublin City Centre. You can find out more and book your place online here.  Places are limited

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