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  Introducing New Zealand’s first book on
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
A best seller - now in its 6th printing!
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Your Step-by-Step Guide

by Wayne Froggatt

Published by HarperCollins NZ
February 1993

Professional Counsellors / Therapists:

Do you recommend literature to your clients to speed their progress and help them gain self-help skills they can use for the rest of their lives? Choose to be Happy will appeal to them as the first book written with New Zealanders in mind using that most efficient of personal change methods: Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.

Choose to be Happy will meet the needs of three client groups:

  • people with clinical conditions such as depression and anxiety.
  • people with common problems like anger, worrying, tension, perfectionism, indecision, guilt, shyness, low self-confidence and approval-seeking.
  • people simply seeking personal growth and self-improvement, who want to be more assertive, make decisions faster, procrastinate less, remove blocks to goal attainment and develop more self-motivation.

Your clients will appreciate the well-structured step-by-step program for developing self-help skills including a "how to" manual and set of exercises to train readers in the technique of self-analysis. It covers a comprehensive range of problems and areas of personal growth.

All techniques described are compatible with the underlying cognitive theory, thus avoiding any confusing jumble of unrelated ad-hoc tips. Choose to be Happy holds out the prospect of long-term, permanent change. It emphasises the use of reasoning powers as the way to personal control and growth - an approach that shows respect for the reader’s intellect.

Choose to be Happy also offers something for the helping professional:

  • A highly-readable introduction for those new to Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.
  • For more experienced practitioners, an opportunity to get up-to-date with modern thinking in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Therapy.
  • An extensive index which will make researching particular topics a speedy task.
  • The first comprehensive "how-to" manual on the REBT technique of teaching clients to write down their irrational thoughts and dispute them on paper.
  • New thinking on the management of anxiety, depression, anger and guilt; aiding motivation and decision-making; and helping clients change their circumstances.
  • A new synthesis of the approaches developed by the two key cognitive theorists: clinical psychologist Albert Ellis and psychiatrist Aaron Beck.
  • A list of books and journal articles on REBT & CBT available in New Zealand.

What the reviewers and readers have said:

  • 'It is amazing how he covers so much ground in so little space and with such clarity.’ Dr. Albert Ellis, from the Introduction.
  • 'Froggatt has succeeded better than most in translating detailed professional literature principles into a form which is easily assimilated by the public.’ Medical Journal of Australia.
  • 'Humans can, believe it or not, learn to choose how they feel and behave … this book is a clear and concise guide to a method for doing just that.’ Sunday Star.
  • 'I’ve found it excellent both personally and professionally.’ A practising counsellor.
    'I felt that your book was talking to me.’ A reader.
  • 'Provides a wealth of practical suggestions.’ The Dominion.
  • 'An excellent investment in yourself.’ Daily Telegraph.

How to obtain Choose to be Happy:

  • In New Zealand or Australia, you can purchase from bookstores that sell self-help literature (eg. Whitcoulls, PaperPlus, London Bookshop, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, etc.)
  • Internationally, you can purchase Choose to be Happy right from the internet via our BookStore.

Published by HarperCollins New Zealand, Auckland, 1993. ISBN 1 86950 083 0. 206 Pages.
Cover illustration by Pamela Wolfe.

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