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 5: Middle Stage of Therapy
Middle Stage of Therapy
The focus of therapy shifts over its course. We noted in Chapter 2 that the separate fundamental characteristics of cognitive behaviour therapy merge into each other and in Chapter 4 that the therapist’s goals are significantly interdependent. Similarly, the beginning, middle and end stages of therapy overlap considerably, but it is particularly important for the brief therapist to acknowledge the changing focus of therapy over time. This recognizes that therapy, however brief, is a developmental process. As a developmental process, its course and speed are determined partly by the client, his problems and resources, as well as the expertise and experience of the therapist. The focus of therapy shifts over its course, but consistency is aided by ...