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.

Additional Strategies and Techniques

Additional Strategies and Techniques

In the previous chapters we have introduced a number of strategies and techniques that can be used at different stages of therapy. However, we were concerned not to include too many possible interventions in case they blurred the process of therapy which we were keen to depict. In this chapter, strategies, techniques and interventions have been included that we have found particularly useful and effective when practising brief cognitive behaviour therapy (Szymanska and Palmer, 2015). Some of the techniques such as relaxation may not directly address a client’s thinking processes. The therapist needs to be alert to these techniques unintentionally becoming new safety behaviours. However, when practising brief, time or session limited therapy a pragmatic approach is ...

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