Self-help Books

Medical practitioner, researcher and

award-winning author

Illustrated Guides for Professionals

3 Illustrated Guides

British Medical Association named Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Severe Mental Illness "Book of the Year"

About the Author

An endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville (UofL) and Director of the UofL Depression Center, Dr. Wright has published eight books (two for the general public and six for professionals) .

See Dr. Wright in Action

Videos of Jess Wright demonstrating cognitive-behavior therapy.

Simulation of part of a treatment session. View videos

Coming Soon

World War II Era Novel

Dr. Wright is completing a World War II era novel that draws on his experiences as a physician and veteran.

In a story of savage wartime trauma and postwar recovery, Bruce Duncan, a battlefield surgeon, struggles to rebuild his life as a GP in small-town Pennsylvania. As Bruce wrestles with memories of horrific battles in Alsace during the final winter of the war, he finds some solace in the familiar rhythms of medical practice and the lure of nearby trout streams. Yet he is haunted by visions of ruined flesh, the ice-crusted bodies of his friends, and his own near-death experiences. Fly-fishing brings him some peace but also reminds him of the transcendent love he had found on England’s River Test, a mecca for trout fishermen, and then lost. 

Can Bruce become the village doctor that family and friends expect? Can he find a woman to share his life when no one can compare to Amelia, who chose her aristocratic obligations in England over him? He soon finds that battlefields can appear where we least expect them. A chance encounter thrusts him into another clash—one with a friend, turned enemy—where Bruce’s own life is at risk, and the townspeople’s health and welfare hang in the balance. When Amelia writes to him, hinting that her engagement to another man was a mistake, he must decide whether to gamble on trusting her again. After a young woman doctor, comes to his village, he is torn by attraction to her, despite being warned that she is off-limits. Bruce’s purpose and his moral compass are on the line. Will his emotional wounds paralyze him? Will his future be marked by hollowness and regret? Or can he overcome a new tyranny? Can he solve the enigma of an impossible love?

With a gripping narrative, moving from America, back to England under the siege of German rockets, and to the killing fields of Alsace, this novel plunges deep into the crucible of trauma and gives fresh vision for paths to redemption and healing.


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Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide

This book is one of my favorites. It is in the very top rank of CBT texts and stands alone in its masterful blending of text and video.”
—Aaron T. Beck, M.D., University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

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Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Severe Mental Illness: An Illustrated Guide

This is the Wright stuff—a helpful, practical, readable book for clinicians ready to extend CBT to psychiatric patients with severe mental illness. The expert authors illustrate with video clips the CBT techniques for treating patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe and treatment-resistant depression.”
—John C. Markowitz, M.D., New York State Psychiatric Institute, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

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High-Yield Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Brief Sessions: An Illustrated Guide

I highly recommend this book to providers who work in brief sessions, primary care and psychiatry residents, and psychologists and social workers who provide services in unconventional settings.”
— The American Journal of Psychiatry, Patricia A. Arean, Ph.D.,

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