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 4: Beginning Stage of Therapy
Beginning Stage of Therapy
Therapy may begin within the assessment phase depending on the type and extent of the client’s problems. This is common in brief therapy. We noted in Chapter 2 that brief cognitive behaviour therapy is goal directed and that the client’s goals for therapy are collaboratively decided upon. In this and the following two chapters we will demonstrate that the therapist also has goals to meet in order to enable therapy to be optimally effective. These goals change over the course of therapy as we move through the stages of beginning, middle and end. The goals will be firmly held in the therapist’s mind and will strongly shape the course of therapy. To aid the therapist in memorizing ...