This timely new edition describes how to use cognitive behaviour therapy successfully with clients in a brief, time-limited way.After reading this book therapists will be able to provide effective help to clients suffering from a wide range of disorders, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress, or those who are suicidal. Following an explanation of brief therapy and the theory behind cognitive behaviour therapy, the authors outline strategies for helping clients overcome unhelpful beliefs and thought patterns though all stages of counselling. Using illustrative case material throughout, the updated book includes: - extra practical material for the client and therapist to use during the counselling process - a brand new chapter on brief CBT in groupwork - expansion of discussion on counselling suicidal clients within a brief CBT framework. Every trainee psychotherapist should own a copy of this book, and it is important reading for all new health professionals working in the NHS and private practice.
Chapter 1: Introduction
A question commonly asked of people seeking therapy is ‘Why now?’. The same question is appropriate to the theme of this book. A further question often asked is ‘What is it?’. This book will tell you what ‘brief cognitive behaviour therapy’ is, and answer questions such as: What does ‘brief’ mean? How long is ‘brief’? Does ‘brief’ apply to the length of the session, the number of sessions, the period of time over which therapy takes place or to something else? What sort of problems can it be applied to? Are there problems it is not appropriate for? If unsure what the problem is, would this approach be a good starting point to explore it? Is brief therapy the same as time-limited therapy? ...