About Professor James Bennett-Levy

James Bennett-Levy is Professor of Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing at the University Centre for Rural Health (North Coast). As a psychotherapy trainer, he has taught in 22 countries, and is one of the most published researchers in the field of therapist training. He has pioneered and written extensively about the self-experiential approach to therapist training, known as self-practice/self-reflection (SP/SR), which is featured in the current Guilford SP/SR series of which he is Series Editor. James was lead author of the first book in the series, Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists (2015). He is co-author of the third book in the series Experiencing Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists (2018). He has also co-written/co-edited three other widely cited CBT books, the Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy, the Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy, and the Oxford Guide to Low Intensity Interventions.

Selected publications

  • Books
    • Kolts, R., Bell, T., Bennett-Levy, J., Irons, C. (2018). Experiencing compassion-focused therapy from the inside out: A self-practice/self-reflection workbook for therapists. New York: Guilford Press.
    • Bennett-Levy, J., Thwaites, R., Haarhoff, B., Perry, H. (2015). Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists. New York: The Guildford Press.
    • Hackmann, A., Bennett-Levy, J., Holmes, E. (2011). Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.
    Edited Books
  • Bennett-Levy, J., Butler, G., Fennell, M., Hackmann, A., Mueller, M., Westbrook, D. (2004). The Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy.. New York: Oxford University Press.
    Book Chapters
    • Bennett-Levy, J., Haarhoff, B. (2019). Why Therapists Need to Take a Good Look at Themselves. In Sona Dimidjian (Eds.), Evidence-Based Practice in Action, (pp. 380-394). New York: Guilford Press.
    • Sburlati, E., Bennett-Levy, J. (2014). Self-Assessment of Our Competence as Therapists. In E. Sburlati, H. Lyneham, C. Schniering, R. Rapee (Eds.), Evidence-Based CBT for Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: A Competencies-Based Approach, (pp. 25-35). United Kingdom: Wiley Blackwell.
    • Thwaites, R., Bennett-Levy, J. (2014). Using Self-Practice and Self-Reflection (SP/SR) to Enhance CBT Competence and Metacompetence. In A. Whittington and N. Grey (Eds.), How to Become a More Effective CBT Therapist: Mastering Metacompetence in Clinical Practice, (pp. 241-254). UK: John Wiley & Sons.
    • Freeston, M., Thwaites, R., Bennett-Levy, J. (2019). 'Courses for Horses': Designing, adapting and implementing self-practice/self-reflection programmes. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 12, 1-19. [More Information]
    • Longman, J., Bennett-Levy, J., Matthews, V., Berry, H., Passey, M., Rolfe, M., Morgan, G., Braddon, M., Bailie, R. (2019). Rationale and methods for a cross-sectional study of mental health and wellbeing following river flooding in rural Australia, using a community-academic partnership approach. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 1-15. [More Information]
    • Cartwright, C., Cowie, S., Bavin, L., Bennett-Levy, J. (2019). Therapists' experiences of spontaneous mental imagery in therapy. Clinical Psychologist, In Press. [More Information]
    • Bennett-Levy, J. (2019). Why therapists should walk the talk: The theoretical and empirical case for personal practice in therapist training and professional development. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 62, 133-145. [More Information]
    • Mathieson, F., Jordan, J., Bennett-Levy, J., Stubbe, M. (2018). Keeping metaphor in mind: training therapists in metaphor-enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 11, 1-14. [More Information]
    • Bennett-Levy, J., Finlay-Jones, A. (2018). The role of personal practice in therapist skill development: a model to guide therapists, educators, supervisors and researchers. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 47(3), 185-205. [More Information]
    • So, S., Bennett-Levy, J., Perry, H., Wood, D., Wong, C. (2018). The Self-Reflective Writing Scale (SRWS): a new measure to assess self-reflection following self-experiential cognitive behaviour therapy training. Reflective Practice, 19(4), 505-521. [More Information]
    • Bird, J., Rotumah, D., Bennett-Levy, J., Singer, J. (2017). Diversity in eMental Health Practice: An Exploratory Qualitative Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Providers. JMIR Mental Health, 4(2), 1-11. [More Information]
    • Thwaites, R., Bennett-Levy, J., Cairns, L., Lowrie, R., Robinson, A., Haarhoff, B., Lockhart, L., Perry, H. (2017). Self-practice/self-reflection (SP/SR) as a training strategy to enhance therapeutic empathy in low intensity CBT practitioners. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(2), 63-70.
    • Titov, N., Dear, B., Staples, L., Bennett-Levy, J., Klein, B., Rapee, R., Andersson, G., Purtell, C., Bezuidenhout, G., Nielssen, O. (2017). The first 30 months of the MindSpot Clinic: Evaluation of a national e-mental health service against project objectives. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 51(12), 1227-1239.