This practical guide, based on the theory that emotional disorders are influenced by negatively biased thinking, describes how brief cognitive behaviour therapy can 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. Using illustrative case material throughout, the authors outline strategies for helping clients examine and overcome unhelpful beliefs and patterns of thought at the root of their distress. Following an explanation of brief therapy and the theory behind cognitive behaviour therapy, they describe the process of working with clients through all stages of counseling.



A question commonly asked of people seeking therapy is, ‘Why now?’ The same question is appropriate to the theme of this book. A question asked by them about therapy is, ‘What is it?’ This book will tell you what brief cognitive behaviour therapy is. What does ‘brief’ mean? How long is ‘brief’? Does ‘brief’ apply to the length of the session, the number of sessions, the period of time over which therapy takes place, or to something else? What sort of problems can it be applied to? Are there problems it is not appropriate for?

If unsure what the problem is, would this approach be a good starting point to explore it? Is brief therapy the same as time-limited therapy? Can brief cognitive behaviour therapy ...

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