Leslie Sokol, Ph.D., a licensed Psychologist, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of cognitive therapy with more than thirty years of experience in practice, teaching, and research. She was a past Director of Education and one of the principal instructors with the internationally acclaimed Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia. She has taught cognitive therapy to professional and para professional groups, nationally and internationally, on such topics as: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, stress management, psychosis, substance abuse, and couples’ problems.
Dr. Sokol served as Chairman of Behavioral Science for the Mercy Suburban Hospital Family Practice Training Program for over twenty years where she taught psychiatry and psycho social skills to family medicine residents and staff of the hospital. She continues to serve as staff psychologist for cardiac and physical rehabilitation departments. She also consults in numerous hospice and nursing home facilities. She currently maintains a private practice in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Dr. Sokol, is a distinguished founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a past president. Currently she serves as Chairman of its Credentialing Committee. She is a fellow of ABCT. In these roles, she was intricately involved in the provision and development of training protocols to insure competency in Cognitive Therapy Cognitive Therapy Training, and in the testing and utilization of tools to evaluate this competency.
To further her mission of spreading accurate knowledge of cognitive therapy worldwide, she was Representative at Large for the IACP (International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy). Dr. Sokol is on the Meet the Experts panel for Psychology Today and an invited member of the Psychology Today and Penguin Speakers Bureaus.
Dr. Sokol has co-authored numerous books and book chapters. Her most current books are: Teaching and Supervising Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens: A Cognitive Therapy Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Creating Unshakable Self-Esteem, Think Confident, Be Confident: A Four-Step Program to Eliminate Doubt and Achieve Lifelong Self-Esteem, and The Think Confident, Be Confident Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help you Create Unshakable Self-Confidence and Reach your Goals.
Dr. Sokol has published in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Sokol has been interviewed for articles in multiple national magazines, such as Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health and Shape Magazine. She also has been interviewed for television WCAU NBC10 “10Show” and Better TV, a nationally syndicated show. She is often interviewed by many national and international radio stations including such shows as WLAC_AM “He said she said”, “Martha Stuart Radio ”Sirius Satellite, “I Hear America Talking” WRDC-FM and WLBS-FM, “Montel Williams Show” Air America Radio Network, and “Chefs Table” WHYY.
Financial: Leslie Sokol is senior faculty and a principal instructor with Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Sokol maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Leslie Sokol is a fellow of ABCT.
Marci G. Fox, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, has been in private practice for over 25 years specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and has coauthored numerous books. She has worked with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy for most of her career. As an Academy of Cognitive Therapy founding fellow and Certified Trainer/Consultant, she trains individuals in CBT both nationally and internationally.
“The Comprehensive Clinician’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is truly a one-stop shop for any student or professional who intends to practice CBT in its most authentic and evidence-based form. Sokol and Fox have struck a perfect balance between an elegant academic volume and a clear and concise resource complete with excellent worksheets woven throughout the text. The forthcoming praise and success of this book is well deserved.”
-Aaron T. Beck, MD, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
"This is a marvelous addition to the literature supporting therapists in learning and applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy written by two master clinicians and educators. The client worksheets alone would be worth the purchase of the book, even for experienced clinicians. The text is practical, straightforward, and filled with specific examples of the principles in practice."
- Donna M Sudak, MD, Immediate Past President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
"Clear, practical, broad, and entirely evidence-based, the Comprehensive Clinician’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is rightly named and is a volume which belongs on the shelf of any clinician wishing to understand the practice of contemporary CBT. Students and trainees will find the book to be a useful primer on CBT, whereas seasoned clinicians will find wisdom in the author’s spare, focused approach. They direct our attention to what is most important in practice, ensuring high-fidelity CBT. This guide is optimistic in tone, emphasizing the role of “confidence” as a foundation of clinical change. Combining elements of efficacy and hope, Confidence is something clinicians and their patients may gain from this simple volume.”
- Mark Reinecke, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University
"Ranging from anxiety disorders to psychosis and everything in between, this book is your go-to resource guide for applying the principles of CBT to a variety of clinical issues and diagnoses. Written in a manner that is easily accessible, this book provides you with the step-by-step tools needed to put theory into practice. This indispensable guide is a must have for every clinician’s library. I highly recommend it!”
- Lynn McFarr, PhD, Founder of CBT California (CBTC), Professor of Health Sciences as UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
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