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.

The Cognitive-Behavioural Framework

The cognitive-behavioural framework

A Whistlestop Tour

This chapter will briefly outline the basic principles and practices of cognitive behaviour therapy. A central principle of cognitive behaviour therapy is that thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physiology are part of a unified system. A change to any one part will be accompanied by changes to the other parts. For example, if a person's television exploded as she watched it, she may experience immediate physiological changes (a surge of adrenalin); a rapid shift of behaviour (from calmly watching the screen to rushing for a fire blanket or to telephone for help); a feeling of anxiety and thoughts or cognitions such as ‘!*!*!*: the house is burning – I'm going to die’. Cognitive behaviour therapy recognizes the unified nature ...

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