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.



‘Assessment’ is a very wide-ranging term which will be common to a broad variety of different practitioners, each having their own understanding, professional codes and practices and spectrum of application. For example, care managers/social workers, clinical and counselling psychologists, community mental health team members, community psychiatric nurses, counsellors, primary care mental health workers, psychiatrists and psychotherapists will each have assessment tools pertaining to their area of work in mental health. There may be overlap within these various approaches to assessment and there are common elements to all of them (Palmer and McMahon, 1997). For the purpose of this book, we will focus on five main elements:

  • What is the problem?
  • Is cognitive behaviour therapy suitable for the problem?
  • Is the client suitable for brief cognitive behaviour ...
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