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A quick last minute announcement!

Tonight, at Watkins Books, I'll be giving a talk on the new edition of Conditioned Reflex Therapy by Andrew Salter which was reprinted last month.

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Date: Thursday 21st November 2019
Location: Watkins Books, Cecil Court, London (nearest tube station is Leicester Square)

Having been out of print for over 10 years, this new edition has received glowing testimonials from leading figures in psychotherapy like Steven Hayes, who developed ACT, Professor David Barlow (a leading CBT researcher), and Elizabeth Shapiro, who developed EMDR.

All consider the book a highly effective, modern and relevant classic that “should be read by all therapists and most of their clients”.

This classic and powerful text is not only of immense historic importance – it is still formidably modern.

From detailing a conditioning model of hypnosis to explaining addiction and masochism and neuroplasticity, Andrew Salter cuts a clear swath through the issues to unfold what it is that drives a human being – and how nature (evolution) designed us to work.

At heart the book is all about inhibition vs self-expression, emotion and authenticity – as one client said “those few pages you gave me to read liberated me… to be myself”.

I've introduced this book and Salter's ideas to most of the 2000+ clients I've worked with as a therapist, and the hundreds of students I've trained both in the UK and in China. It is often the high point of the therapy or the psychotherapy training, leading to profound insight and change.

Enjoy these testimonials from the giants in the field of cognitive behavioural psychotherapies!

And then get the book from Amazon:

“The book is remarkably engaging, clinically astute, and of great practical value; it anticipated much of contemporary behavior therapy. Salter’s leap from learning theory and research to treatments for clinical practice was groundbreaking.”
– Alan Kazdin, former president of the American Psychological Association

“What jumps out at you from Conditioned Reflex Therapy is its energy and boldness. This is not a book full of weasel words and conditional sentences. This is a statement book – direct, wise without being complex, and ready to take on the world. No wonder it lit the match that became Behaviour Therapy. 

Although based on Pavlovian principles it is oddly contemporary, including precursors of interoceptive exposure; abandoning useless control agendas; encouraging more direct emotional expression and many other such topics. 

Salter’s genius is his intuitive grasp of what moves human beings and his willingness to charge straight in that direction. 

I think this book is of more than historical interest – I suggest it especially for beginning behavioural and cognitive therapists. If they absorb the spirit of it, they will be emboldened to be more fully themselves in therapy, and that can only be for the good.”

– Steven C. Hayes, PhD; Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno; Developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory (2019) 

“Much of the science and wisdom on which modern day, powerful, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions are based comes from this book. 

With its fascinating case studies described in lucid and vigorous prose, and edited lightly for relevance in today’s world, this timeless classic should be read by every therapist and most of their patients.”

David H. Barlow Ph.D, ABPP; Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Emeritus; Founder, Centerfor Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University; Past- President, AABT (2019) 

Hope to see you there!

About the author | Mark R. Davis

Mark is a therapist, trainer, meditation teacher – and a leader in developing the integration of hypnosis with cognitive behavioural psychotherapy approaches. As Director and Principal of The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, he is at the forefront of evidence-based hypnotherapy training – and is also very involved in the the integration of yoga and non-dual philosophy into Western Psychotherapy.