Practical Guide Books

We list below the books which are designed to guide therapists through the implementation of CBT-E. We prefer the term “guide” to manual.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders

This book is a practical guide to the implementation of CBT-E. It has been written with the practising therapist in mind. It describes CBT-E in fine detail from the very beginning when one first meets the person seeking help, through to post-treatment review appointments. It also explains how the treatment may be adapted for particular subgroups and settings.

Reviews of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders

From the most prominent group in the world studying the nature and treatment of eating disorders comes this cutting-edge treatment guide, which spans all eating disorder diagnoses as well as conditions that fall outside current diagnostic criteria. Based on a solid empirical foundation, the transdiagnostic enhanced CBT approach will immediately become the gold standard for the treatment of eating disorders.
— David H Barlow, PhD. Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University

Fairburn takes CBT to a new level. This book is written explicitly for clinicians, who will find the clearly written, practical guidance invaluable. Of particular interest are the authoritative description of the psychopathology of eating disorders and the lucid analysis of the management and treatment of underweight patients and those with multiple comorbidities.
— G Terence Wilson, PhD. Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology, Rutgers

Another milestone by the field’s foremost pioneer, this book explains how to treat eating disorders in exquisite detail, and does so with a rich theoretical and empirical foundation as its basis. This will be the authoritative volume for many years to come.
— Kelly D Brownell, PhD. Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Adolescents with Eating Disorders
Intensive Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Eating Disorders

The book describes a novel model of intensive treatment for eating disorders, one that is entirely cognitive behavioural in orientation. The treatment program is described in detail, with numerous clinical vignettes. The book explains how to adapt CBT-E for intensive clinical settings (intensive outpatient and inpatient treatment) and for severe eating disorder presentations. It also explains how a multidisciplinary team can apply a single psychotherapeutic treatment. Readers will gain knowledge on the use of a “manualised” treatment in a real world intensive setting. The book is suitable for all professionals working with eating disorders (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, dietitians, and educators), particularly for those working in a multidisciplinary team at an intensive level of care.

Multistep Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory, Practice, and Clinical Cases

Multistep Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory, Practice, and Clinical Cases describes a novel model of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for eating disorders called multistep CBT-E. The treatment, derived from the transdiagnostic theory of eating disorders, extends the range in which standard CBT-E can be applied. It is designed to be applicable to three different levels of care (outpatient, intensive outpatient, inpatient), and to eating disorder patients of all diagnostic categories, ages, and BMI ranges. What distinguishing multistep CBT-E is the adoption of a multi-step approach which is conducted by a multidisciplinary CBT-E team including psychologists, dietitians, and physicians. The treatment also includes a family module for patients under eighteen years old, and assisted eating and group sessions, in adjunct to individual psychotherapy in the intensive levels of care. The first eight chapters provide an overview of eating disorders, the cognitive behavioural theory of eating disorders, how to build a CBT-E multidisciplinary team, how patients are assessed and prepared for the treatment, the general organisation, procedures, and strategies involved in the three steps of multistep CBT-E treatment, and how multistep CBT-E can be adapted for adolescents. In order to highlight the flexibility of the multistep CBT-E approach, Section Two of the book provides a detailed description of three clinical cases. The first case illustrates how outpatient CBT-E was adapted to treat a professional sportswoman affected by an eating disorder; the second describes the procedures and strategies applied in intensive outpatient CBT-E to treat a patient who did not improve with standard outpatient CBT-E; and the third case illustrates the procedures and strategies typically applied in inpatient CBT-E, showing how it can be used to help a patient with a longstanding eating disorder who has failed to respond to several outpatient treatments. In addition, abridged transcripts of relevant clinical sessions are included, to give interesting insight into the practical implementation of multistep CBT-E.

Reviews of Multistep Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory, Practice, and Clinical Cases

Dr. Dalle Grave has developed a thoughtful adaptation of enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, referred to as Multistep CBT, which will allow more unified and consistent treatment for individuals suffering from eating disorders across inpatient and outpatient settings. Multistep enhanced CBT for inpatient settings will allow treatment planning that is driven by a single unified theoretical model, rather than the typical eclectic approach that is more fragmented, thus representing a curial step forward in providing the optimal evidence-based care for individuals with a variety of eating disorders.
— Eric Stice, Oregon Research Institute

Riccardo Dalle Grave is one of the people I most trust to connect empirically based treatments with the management of eating disorders in clinical settings. This book is unique, and will be valuable for a wide array of professionals working in the field.
— Kelly D. Brownell, Yale University

Riccardo Dalle Grave has provided the field with a truly innovative and clinically sensitive approach to a full range of levels of care for eating disorder patients. Most notably, he carefully minds the evidence base surrounding cognitive behavior therapy-enhanced as he outlines new applications in hospital-based environments. This remarkable text most clearly speaks to Dalle Grave’s strong appreciation of empirical science and his careful clinical wisdom as he strives to find effective ways to treat eating disorder patients in the greatest need.
— Stephen Wonderlich, University of North Dakota