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 2: The Cognitive Behaviour Framework
The Cognitive Behaviour Framework
A Whistle-Stop Tour
This chapter will briefly outline the basic principles and practices of cognitive behaviour therapy. A central principle of cognitive behaviour therapy is that thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physiology are part of a unified system. A change to any one part will be accompanied by changes to the other parts. For example, if a person’s television exploded as she watched it, she may experience immediate physiological changes (a surge of adrenalin); a rapid shift of behaviour (from calmly watching the screen to rushing for a fire blanket or to telephone for help); a feeling of anxiety and thoughts or cognitions such as ‘!*!*!*: the house is burning I’m going to die’. Cognitive behaviour therapy recognizes the ...