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CBT Workbooks for Children and Young People

By Award Winning Author, Kate Collins-Donnelly

Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Based on CBT, mindfulness and behavioural activation, Kate Collins-Donnelly’s workbooks are ideal resources for practitioners working with children and young people in the fields of mental health, education, youth work, social work and youth offending.

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'The Starving the Gremlin series has been truly transformational – both for our young people and the adults who work with them. Kate has a way of making the most complex concepts of cognitive behaviour therapy understandable to all through a mix of written explanation, examples and creative illustration.' Rob Barraclough, Headteacher, St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Dewsbury



For Children Aged 5-9

Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anxiety Management for Children Aged 5-9

2014, ISBN: 978-1-84905-492-8, RRP £12.99


The Anxiety Gremlin is a mischievous creature who loves to gobble up your anxious feelings! The more anxiety you feed him, the bigger and bigger he gets and the more and more anxious you feel! How can you stop this happening? Starve your Anxiety Gremlin of anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and watch him shrink!


Based on cognitive behavioural principles, this workbook uses fun and imaginative activities to teach children how to manage their anxiety by changing how they think and act – getting rid of their Anxiety Gremlin for good! Bursting with stories, puzzles, quizzes and colouring, drawing and writing games, this is a unique tool for parents or practitioners to use with children aged 5 to 9 years.


In Starving the Anxiety Gremlin for Children Aged 5-9, Kate Collins-Donnelly offers children, parents and professionals working with children the strategies they need to develop an understanding of anxiety and how to effectively manage it. The fun activities help readers to apply the learning to themselves and to practice proactive thinking to strengthen self-belief. I have delved into this accessible workbook with my own children and used its techniques with children that I work with. It has not only had a positive impact on them but also on me! As with Kate’s other books, this is a workbook to go back to again and again to revisit concepts and to remind children that they can choose to see the world differently and that we can too!' Fiona Rigby, Headteacher, St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Sheffield, UK



Starving the Anger Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anger Management for Children Aged 5-9

2014, ISBN: 978-1-84905-493-5, RRP £12.99


The Anger Gremlin is a naughty creature and his favourite food is your anger! The more anger you feed him, the bigger and bigger he gets and the angrier and angrier you feel! How can you stop this happening? Starve the Anger Gremlin of angry thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and watch him disappear!


Based on cognitive behavioural principles, this workbook uses fun and engaging activities to teach children how to manage their anger by changing how they think and act – getting rid of their Anger Gremlins for good! Packed full of stories, puzzles, quizzes, and colouring, drawing and writing games, this is an excellent resource for parents or practitioners to use with children aged 5 to 9 years.


Starving the Anger Gremlin for Children Aged 5-9 is a high-quality programme with innovative, fun and age-appropriate materials to support young children to manage their emotions successfully. It is flexible enough to be used with groups and whole classes as well as in one-to-one sessions with children with varying levels of anger issues, including those with complex needs. I envisage schools, parents and children benefiting greatly from using this structured approach to cognitive behavioural therapy and I look forward to its use in our school. An excellent resource for every primary school!’ Andrew Truby, Headteacher, St Thomas of Canterbury School, Sheffield, UK


For Young People Aged 10+

'The gremlin character is accessible for youth, without being too cute and babyish for this age group. The extensive use of visuals and repetition of topics and concepts makes this series a good fit for youth on the spectrum. The workbooks encourage writing and drawing, and youth who enjoy and have strength in reading will be able to benefit... Overall, these workbooks serve as a great introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy and can serve as a great adjunct to in-person psychotheraphy. Teens are taught to identify the sources of their stress, anger, and anxiety as well as the thoughts that accompany these feelings. "Starving the gremlin" serves as a great metaphor for changing your thoughts to change your behavior.' On The Spectrum Magazine


Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anxiety Management for Young People

2013, ISBN: 978-1-84905-341-9, RRP £12.99


***AWARD WINNING***


Children’s Choice Winner 

at the School Library Association’s 

Information Book Awards 2014


The Anxiety Gremlin loves one thing – to feed on your anxiety! But watch out, as the fuller he gets, the more anxious you get! How can you stop him? Starve him of his favourite food – your anxiety – and he’ll shrink and shrivel away.


Starving the Anxiety Gremlin is a unique resource to help young people understand different types of anxiety and how to manage them, including panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Based on cognitive behavioural principles that link thoughts, feelings and behaviours, the techniques described help young people to understand why they get anxious and how they can ‘starve’ their anxiety gremlin in order to manage their anxiety.


This engaging workbook uses fun activities and real life stories, and can be used by young people aged 10+ on their own or with a parent or practitioner. It is also an ideal anxiety management resource for those working with young people, including mental health practitioners, social workers, education sector staff and youth workers.


'The book is enormously practical, using quizzes, crosswords and wordsearches to encourage readers to interact and consolidate their learning, and giving plenty of opportunity to record thought, discoveries and progress. It also uses many examples from the experience of other worried youngsters, which bring added clarity to theory and practice... I'm convinced that this book will offer great help to young sufferers from anxiety, especially when supported in using it. I think it would be a great asset to therapists and parents of anxious youngsters, and it also provides a very useful resource for teachers dealing in any pastoral capacity with anxious youngsters, because it offers an excellent, accessible and straightforward introduction to using CBT techniques with young people.' BACP Children & Young People


'Starving the Anxiety Gremlin is a well-written comprehensive workbook that helps readers identify the sources of their anxiety and learn effective ways of coping. The activities are fun, engaging, and practical. This book is a recommended read for any teen wanting to break free from anxiety.' Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPC, professional school counselor and author of The Anger Workbook for Teens and co-author of The Bullying Workbook for Teens

'The book helps young people to understand the different types of anxiety, how to manage them and 'starve' the anxiety gremlin. Activities and worksheets are provided throughout the book offering different creative strategies, and the book would also be very beneficial to use as an adjunct to small group discussions. Written in a very clear and accessible manner, it allows the reader to focus on specific sections rather than having to work through the book from cover to cover. The book is aimed primarily for young people to work through independently, or with adult support, but would also be a helpful resource for many professionals working with children and young people who may be experiencing anxiety.' Youth in Mind


Starving the Depression Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Managing Depression for Young People

2019, ISBN: 978-1-84905-693-9 , RRP £14.99


Have you met the Depression Gremlin? He's a troublesome creature who likes nothing more than to feed off your low mood. And the more he devours, the bigger he gets and the more sadness you feel. But never fear - starve him of depression-related thoughts, feelings and behaviours and watch him shrink and shrivel away!


Part of the award-winning Starve the Gremlin series, and full of fun and creative activities, this engaging and accessible workbook helps young people aged 10+ to understand what depression is, how it develops and the impact it can have on the lives of young people. Based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and behavioural activation, and packed with valuable tips and strategies, this workbook empowers the reader to change how they think and act in order to manage their depression.


‘Another brilliant book from Kate Collins-Donnelly, this time handling the complex and frequently misunderstood subject of depression. Kate provides a remarkable tool for both understanding and managing depression – the Depression Gremlin. This is an invaluable resource for young people who are struggling with the complexities and pressures of modern life, the adults who live and work with them, and indeed for anyone (young or old) who has ever battled with depression. Bibliotherapy at its very best. As a former teacher, a practising educational psychologist who works with youngsters of all ages, and as an individual who has personally experienced the profound impact of depression, I highly recommend.’ Dr Ruth Slater, Senior Educational Psychologist, Derbyshire County Council


Starving the Depression Gremlin is most definitely a book for our times, a copy of which should be in every school in the country.  For professionals working with children and young people suffering from depression it is a practical workbook that effectively offers understanding and simple practical tasks and strategies to help overcome depression and lead an emotionally healthy lifestyle. For parents, children and young people, it could be a life saver that clearly says, you are not alone and at the same time offers a wealth of knowledge that can help you to overcome that Depression Gremlin.’ Ian Read, Headteacher, Watercliffe Meadow Primary, Sheffield

Yet another great book that will undoubtedly help its target audience. Written in easy-to-follow language, this book will help young people to gain insight and learn to understand what is happening to their mood. With clear examples and helpful activities, this book acts as an essential instruction on how to recognise and beat the Depression Gremlin. The author has yet again written an absolute must-have book for all healthcare professionals. I am excited to share it with colleagues and to start using it in a clinical setting. I am confident this will be a “go-to” book on my shelf for years to come.’ Dr Elizabeth Gomersall, General Practitioner



Starving the Anger Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anger Management for Young People

2012, ISBN: 978-1-84905-286-3, RRP £12.99


Meet the anger gremlin: a troublesome pest whose favourite meal is your anger, and the more he eats the angrier you get! There’s only one way to stop him: starve him of angry feelings and behaviours, and make him disappear.

This imaginative workbook shows young people how to starve their anger gremlin and control their anger effectively. Made up of engaging and fun activities, it helps them to understand why they get angry and how their anger affects themselves and others, and teaches them how to manage angry thoughts and behaviours. The tried-and-tested programme, based on effective cognitive behavioural therapy principles, can be worked through by a young person on their own or with a practitioner or parent, and is suitable for children and young people aged 10+.


Starving the Anger Gremlin is easy to read and fun to complete and is an ideal anger management resource for those working with young people including counsellors, therapists, social workers and school counsellors, as well as parents.


‘If anger management is ever going to be fun, then this book is the tool. It uses pictures, diagrams, quotes from young people, checklists, questions, space for written answers, scenarios and suggestions. The result is a lively and fully interactive resource that will help young readers thoroughly explore what is happening to them and how to find a calm way through their anger.' Special Magazine


‘Starving the Anger Gremlin does an excellent job of examining the harmful effects of anger. Kate Collins-Donnelly clearly explains how irrational thoughts influence negative emotions such as anger. She also helps readers understand how they can change their reactions to events by changing their thinking. Starving the Anger Gremlin is a well-constructed manual on anger management that will undoubtedly help children and adolescents. Read it and enjoy!’ Jerry Wilde, Ph.D., author of Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out: The Anger Management Book


'Starving the Anger Gremlin is an imaginative yet simply written publication designed to assist young people to identify and take appropriate action to deal with their responses to anger.' Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling



Starving the Exam Stress Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Managing Exam Stress for Young People

2017, ISBN: 978-1-84905-698-4, RRP £12.99


Stressed out by exams? Then the Exam Stress Gremlin is in town! Exam fears and worries are his favourite foods, and the more of these you feed him, the bigger he gets and the more stressed you become. But he can be stopped! Starve him of stress-related thoughts, feelings and behaviours and feel him and your stress fade away.


Part of the award-winning Starving the Gremlin series and full of engaging activities, this self-help workbook explains what exam stress is, how it develops and the impact it can have – providing the reader with an understanding of their own exam stress. Rooted in cognitive behavioural therapy, it is also bursting with strategies to help young people aged 10+ manage their exam stress by changing how they think and act.


'Starving the Exam Stress Gremlin meets a very real need given the increasing academic pressures on young people today. While there is a plenty of advice out there about revision techniques, in my opinion, there is nothing so accessible, clear and well-researched about exam stress, its causes and ways to tackle it ast his innovative workbook. My favourite thing is that Starving the Exam Stress Gremlin hands control back to young people – control over their own response to their exams – taking them on a journey from understanding to action. Unique, practical, humorous and warm; I would certainly recommend it to anyone whose exam stress is a barrier to success.’ Claire Tasker, Headteacher, High Storrs School, Sheffield


‘In today’s exam-led system, teaching the content of this unique book is, in my opinion, as important as teaching the subject content of the exam itself in order to create the positive conditions needed for mental wellbeing and academic success. Parents and professionals can also use the book's supportive techniques and reassuring phrases to encourage resilience, determination and a positive 'can do' approach from their child. As an emergency go-to or a step by step guide delivered over a period of time, this highly interactive workbook provides strategies to empower and take back control of the feelings which can challenge our ability to shine under test conditions. The book's accessible format transforms the science behind our 'Exam Stress Gremlins' into simple 'so what can I do about it?' guidance for lifelong success! Combining this with its easy to read style and use of stories and cartoons makes Starving the Exam Stress Gremlin a vital and memorable read!’ Vanessa Langley, Executive Headteacher, Gleadless and Arbourthorne Primary Federation, Sheffield


‘Another fantastic addition to the Starving the Gremlin series... Instantly usable, this latest workbook will be an invaluable resource for young people facing exams and for the adults helping them to prepare. A must read for anyone facing this situation or for those wanting to learn more about cognitive behaviour therapy in general and its impact on our emotions and behaviours.' Rob Baraclough, Headteacher, St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Dewsbury


Starving the Stress Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Stress Management for Young People

2013, ISBN: 978-1-84905-340-2, RRP £12.99


Watch out for the Stress Gremlin – he loves to feed on your stress, and as he gets bigger and bolder, you get more and more stressed! How can he be stopped? Don’t give him any more stress to eat, and watch him and your stress disappear!


Starving the Stress Gremlin shows young people how they can manage their stress levels through a range of effective techniques based on cognitive behavioural principles. Engaging and fun activities as well as real life stories from other young people show how our thoughts are related to our behaviour and emotions, allowing young people to understand why they get stressed, the effects of stress and how to ‘starve’ their Stress Gremlin!


This informative book is easy to read and fun for a young person aged 10+ to complete either on their own or with the help of a parent or practitioner. It is also a valuable stress management resource for those working with young people, including mental health practitioners, youth workers social workers and education sector staff.


‘This is a recommended read for any young person who has difficulty coping with stress. It is a practical guide that is easy to follow, and innovative. Young people who “work” through this book will gain insights as well as coping strategies about the day-to-day challenges of stress.' Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPC, professional school counsellor and author of The Anger Workbook for Teens and co-author of The Bullying Workbook for Teens


‘The book is a good, basic stress management resource for those working with the 10 years and older age group, including counsellors, therapists, social workers and school counsellors. Alternatively, it can also be worked through by a young person on their own, or with a parent. The Stress Gremlin character brings an element of humour and fantasy to the book... The book is full of simple exercises to help young people develop self-awareness and insight into how they currently cope with stress, and particularly how their thoughts relate to their behaviour and actions... Collins-Donnelly has developed an evaluation sheet that can be used alongside the book to help monitor your progress... I am sure young people who read Starving the stress gremlin will get a good grounding in the basics of stress management, feel better resourced and more confident in the fight against their own Stress Gremlin.’ MentalHealth.org.nz



Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-Esteem for Young People

2014, ISBN: 978-1-84905-462-1, RRP £14.99


Look out – the Self-Esteem Thief is on the prowl! He’s the crafty character who keeps stealing your positive self-esteem from your Self-Esteem Vault, leaving only negative thoughts and feelings about you behind. But the good news is you can banish him for good and this workbook will show you how! 


Packed with activities and real-life stories, this fun and imaginative workbook uses cognitive behavioural and mindfulness principles and techniques to help you understand your self-esteem, change how you think and act in order to build positive self-esteem, and banish your Self-Esteem Thief for good!


Suitable for young people aged 10+ to use on their own or with a parent or practitioner.


‘Yet again, Kate Collins-Donnelly has managed to take a complex subject and communicate it in simple, fun and engaging language. For the child or young person, the book oozes interesting and fun ways to help you feel good about yourself and to motivate you to banish your Self-Esteem Thief! For parents, I suspect the journey will be just as much fun and enlightening! For the practitioner, the book communicates both breadth and depth of theory and provides a useful and clever framework to facilitate change in others. Without doubt, the Self-Esteem Thief will be joining my language of change!’ Alisa Purton C.Psychol, Forensic Psychologist, UK


'This is an excellent workbook for any young person struggling with low self-esteem. The author uses a cognitive behavioural and mindfulness approach which is designed to help you change how you think and act. The book contains real life stories to help young people realise that they are not alone in their struggle. It's laid out in a friendly and easy way, easy to read cover to cover or to dip in and out of. The activities are straight forward and provide you with the necessary tools to change your way of thinking. I have used some of the activities from this workbook with my clients and have been impressed with the results.'  Wellbeing Mentor blog


Banish Your Body Image Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Body Image for Young People

2014, ISBN: 978-1-84905-463-8, RRP £14.99


Watch out – the Body Image Thief is about! He’s the sneaky character who keeps stealing your positive body image from your Body Image Vault, leaving only negative thoughts and feelings about your body behind. But don’t worry – you can banish him for good and this workbook will show you how!


Using a host of activities and real-life stories, this imaginative workbook will look at what body image means, how it develops, the impact it can have and how all this applies to your own body image. Based on cognitive behavioural and mindfulness principles and techniques, it is packed with strategies that will help you change how you think and act in order to build a positive body image, protect your Body Image Vault and banish your Body Image Thief for good!


Engaging, informative and easy to read, this unique workbook is suitable for young people aged 10+ to work through on their own or with the help of a parent or practitioner.


'The book is full of case studies and exercises which can either be carried out by an individual or worked through one to one with a trusted adult. Some of the activities would be perfect to adapt for use with a whole class too and I can imagine dipping into the activities throughout the school year to help build body confidence over a series of tutor periods or adapting them for use as part of circle time. The book is aimed at boys and girls aged 10-18, though I think it could be used by slightly younger children with support and guidance. It starts off by helping young people to understand what body image is and why it’s important before considering negative body image and the impact a negative body image can have. Alongside this, the concept of the ‘body image thief’ – who steals positive body image – is introduced and practical strategies for banishing the thief are explored...The activities and case studies are all presented in an accessible and friendly style. The book is beautifully presented and I can imagine a young person being very motivated to complete the activities. Whilst it is designed as a self-help guide to be completed sequentially from beginning to end, I think there is plenty of scope for confident parents and practitioners to cherry pick relevant activities or sections where time is short or where there is need for a rapid and specific focus. The author is careful to point out that the book is not suitable in place of therapy for children who have developed more serious concerns such as body dysmorphic disorder or eating disorders, however, I think that therapists, school counsellors, pastoral staff and parents may find that it is a useful addition to the recovery toolbox.' Pooky Knightsmith


'Kate uses her expert knowledge to help children develop a positive self- image... This book offers useful self-help activities to banish negative thoughts about your body. As a wellbeing mentor, I have found this book to be extraordinarily helpful; it has been used with some of my clients and I have started to recommend it to parents. An invaluable book, all young people should read.' Wellbeing Mentor blog