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.

Brief Therapy – Groups

Brief Therapy – Groups


During the past few years progress in CBT has included the development of computer assisted programmes, self-help materials and the application of individual-based treatment programmes to group formats.

Treating people in groups is not new. During World War Two, Maxwell Jones treated soldiers with ‘war neurosis’ in groups very successfully when a lack of staff meant individual therapy would be unavailable for the majority of people affected (Jones, 1953). During the 1960s experimental groups using behavioural therapy were developed and were particularly successful for systematic desensitization in which a person is gradually exposed to their fear (Lazarus, 1961; Rachman, 1966a, b). Group therapy using CBT was first researched by Hollon and Shaw in 1979, focusing on depression ...

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