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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for perfectionism is the evidence-based treatment for perfectionism that we recommend, as it has been evaluated and found to be effective in young people and adults, across a range of settings.  We suggest that clinicians consider the following list of resources to read more about the treatment.

Treatment resources:


Download worksheets from the CBT for perfectionism treatment free to use in therapy 


We recommend the Clinical Perfectionism Questionnaire (CPQ) be used to measure perfectionism in adolescents and adults. You can download it here: 

CPQ Questionnaire 

CPQ scoring instruction 

CPQ weekly spreadsheet

CPQ German version

Other helpful resources:

Egan S, Wade TD, Shafran R, Antony, M. (2014). Cognitive-behavioural treatment of perfectionism. New York: Guilford.

Shafran R, Egan S, Wade TD. (2018). Overcoming Perfectionism. Second Edition. London: Little, Brown Book Group.

Egan, S.J., Shafran, R., & Wade, T.D. (2022). A clinician’s quick guide to evidence-based approaches: perfectionism. Clinical Psychologist, 26(3), 351-353.

Egan, S.J., Wade, T.D., & Shafran, R. (2011). Perfectionism as a transdiagnostic process: A clinical review. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(2), 203-212.

Shafran R, Egan SJ, Wade TD. (2023). Coming of age: A reflection on the first 21 years of cognitive behaviour therapy for perfectionism. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 161, 104258. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2023.104258

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