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The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism


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Sharon Martin, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, writer, speaker, and media contributor on emotional health and relationships. Her psychotherapy practice in San Jose, CA, specializes in helping individuals overcome codependency and perfectionism, and learn to accept and love themselves.

Foreword writer Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, author of The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women, and founder and director of Wasatch Family Therapy.


"I'm a big fan of workbooks because they allow the reader to become an active participant in their self-help efforts. Sharon Martin's contribution to help people fight perfectionism is a fantastic antidote to getting perfectionism's maladaptive behaviors better under control. Martin offers a direct and no-nonsense look at perfectionism that eschews psychobabble, pulling together techniques in a cohesive and sensible manner. This workbook works well as either an adjunct to psychotherapy, or as a stand-alone guide to those in need of help of silencing the perfectionist in themselves. There's no better book on the market that offers such practical advice and exercises for someone who wants better control over their perfectionism."
--John M. Grohol, PsyD, founder and editor-in-chief of www.psychcentral.com--John M. Grohol, PsyD
"Many people struggle with perfectionism whether it's in our workplaces, in relationships, or the battle within ourselves. And many books talk about its root causes and how perfectionism affects the human psyche. But rarely do books offer ways to address perfectionism. In The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism, Sharon Martin offers practical, concrete, research-driven ways to let go of struggles like self-criticism, procrastination, people-pleasing, and the need for control. A must-read for anyone whose potential has been hindered by perfectionism."
--Melvin Varghese, PhD, psychologist, and founder of Selling The Couch--Melvin Varghese, PhD
"Perfectionism can be paralyzing, but Sharon Martin gives you a road map to reclaim your life. Sharon expertly guides you to down a path to self-discovery, and arms you with exercises to find mental and emotional freedom. For lifelong high achievers, The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism is a must-have companion that will help you embrace imperfect action and reach your goals with less stress."
--Melody Wilding, LMSW, peak performance coach, and adjunct professor of human behavior at The City University of New York--Melody Wilding, LMSW
"Perfectionists, procrastinators, and people-pleasers take note. There is a new book available that can change how you live your life! The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism by Sharon Martin is more than a book; it's a program. If you find yourself caught up in self-criticism and self-judgment, struggling with deadlines, or sabotaging your own success, you will find enormous comfort and guidance in this well-thought-out, highly structured workbook."
--Jonice Webb, PhD, nationally recognized pioneer in the area of childhood emotional neglect, and best-selling author of Running on Empty and Running on Empty No More--Jonice Webb, PhD
"Sharon Martin has been a trusted resource for my clinical work for years. She has a way of breaking down complex topics into understandable explanations, which makes them easier to understand and address. This workbook is no exception. She clearly explains what perfectionism is, how it shows up in our lives, where it comes from, and what we can do to change the perfectionistic behavior, which can be so problematic in our lives. This workbook includes so many effective strategies to help those of us who struggle because of perfectionism, and I plan to use it in my individual work with clients as well as with groups. I highly recommend this book to clinicians and the general public alike."
--Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, integrative trauma therapist, and host of the Therapy Chat podcast--Laura Reagan, LCSW-C
"This workbook redefines what it means to work through your stuff. It's chock-full of activities that help you really think about what you want to change AND gets you actively moving towards the change you want to see. The workbook takes you from understanding perfectionism to navigating the tough road to recovering from perfectionism to being able to live a life without the guilt and people-pleasing that come from being a perfectionist. And while many workbooks claim to do this, the way Sharon has crafted this workbook shows you step by practical step how to succeed at making this a solid transition. Professionals will love working with this book in their practices, and clients will love working through their perfectionism with such a useful guide."
--Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, parent coach, and best-selling author of Shame-Proof Parenting--Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

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