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.

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 the ...

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