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Confidence is like a magnet that attracts people to you and helps you get closer to reaching your goals. When you believe in yourself, you send the message that you have the brains, ability, and talent to handle whatever life sends your way. And the truth is, you do!

Using powerful skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens shows you how to tap into your self-esteem so you can be yourself in every situation, no matter how awkward you feel or scary that may sound. The fun exercises and tips in this confidence-coaching workbook will guide you past feelings of self-doubt and encourage you to believe in yourself, strengthen your friendships, and meet every challenge head-on.

  • Recognize and overcome the self-doubting thoughts that bring you down

  • Grow your confident thoughts into confident actions

  • Enjoy a full social life and attract new friends

  • Feel smarter at school and build on your extracurricular talents


This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit ― an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

Praise for Think Confident Be Confident for Teens

Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens is a must read and a truly valuable resource for teenagers, parents, teachers, educators, social workers, psychologists and counselors. Drs. Fox and Sokol, true experts in the field of cognitive therapy and long-time colleagues, bring the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy to help teens successfully navigate life's bumpy roads. Every teen can benefit from learning how to reduce self-doubt, increase self-confidence and learn to be effective no matter what the situation.

Father of cognitive therapy and President Emeritus of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Since it was first developed by Aaron T. Beck, Cognitive Therapy (CT) has continued to grow and mature. From the early days of treating depression in adults, CT has been successfully applied to every patient population, virtually every psychological disorder, in almost every treatment setting, and in every treatment modality. This has occurred because of the clinical skills, creativity, and talents of a number of therapists. Leslie Sokol and Marci Fox are among that creative group. In their book, "Think Confident, be Confident for Teens" they have addressed a common developmental problem, low self esteem, in a very vulnerable group, teenagers. They have written a readable and useful book that is filled with the kind of interventions for which CT is well known. Their approach is active, directive, problem-focused and solution oriented. Using a number of case vignettes they draw the reader into the process. The result is emotional growth and a sense of personal efficacy with the belief that "I CAN do what I need to do." Following what Fox and Sokol have laid out, it would be difficult for a teen to continue to feel badly about themselves. This is an essential book for parents, teachers, and, of course, teens.

Arthur Freeman, Ed.D, ABPP

Faculty in the department of behavioral medicine at Midwestern University

Growing as a teen means giving yourself the tools to succeed in life. This book is like your personal toolbox. Read it and carry it with you on your personal road to success.

William Sears, Pediatrician

Author of The Successful Child

No one should travel through adolescence alone! Marci Fox and Leslie Sokol ensure this is not the case by offering Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens, a user-friendly coping-skills manual, as an essential companion on the journey. Fox and Sokol score with a workbook that is finely tailored to suit the needs of teenagers who are working to overcome their self-doubt, fragile self-esteem, perfectionism, painful self-consciousness, and avoidance. 

Associate director of clinical training at the Pacific Graduate School of Professional Psychology at Palo Alto University

Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens is an outstanding addition to the self-help literature for adolescents. Fox and Sokol have translated the powerful tools of cognitive behavioral therapy into a readable and relevant manual. Common dilemmas that teens face serve as illustrations and bring to life principles that can help young readers through a challenging and pivotal stage of development.

Professor, Drexel University and Founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Adolescence is often characterized by severe self-doubt and worry that can create significant distress for teenagers and their families and negatively impact academic, social, and emotional functioning. Are these extreme reactions an inevitable part of the teenage transition? No! Sokol and Fox show how adolescence can be the foundation for a lifetime of self-confidence. 

Coauthor of Mind Over Mood

Being a teen can be tough. From stresses at home or at school to problems with friends, sometimes it can feel like it’s just too much. Self-doubt can creep in, leading to feelings of anxiety, worry, frustration, and sadness. There’s good news, though. Based on the latest science and strategies that really work, Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens offers simple, useful tips that will put you on a confident path and help you see yourself in a positive, realistic light. This quick-read book can help you handle whatever comes your way.

Mark A. Reinecke, PhD, ABPP, ACT

Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Adolescence can be a time when self-reflection and newly developed thinking styles can be a challenge. Following the lead of cognitive theory, Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens guides the adolescent reader though experiences and activities that will shape a healthy and more confident thinking style. A valuable resource for teens, with potential to prevent unwanted emotional turmoil.

Distinguished university professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University

Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens is a practical, clear, and powerful guide young people can use to boost their confidence and face the inevitable obstacles of life. Filled with forms, examples, and empowering guidelines, this book will give teens the tools to take on the challenges of life.

Robert L. Leahy, PhD

Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy and author of Beat the Blues Before They Beat You, The Worry Cure, and Anxiety Free

In an ideal world, Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens would be required reading in high school curricula. Speaking directly to teens on matters that concern them most, Fox and Sokol succeed in offering evidence-based ways teens can reduce their social self-consciousness, improve their outlook on themselves and their lives, and be more confident and effective in handling the sorts of stresses that teens know all too well. Adolescents suffering from that common malady known as insecurity will benefit significantly from learning the lessons taught by this valuable book.

Cory F. Newman, PhD, ABPP

Professor of psychology in psychiatry and director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania

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