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.

End Stage of Therapy

End stage of therapy

The structure of therapy was introduced and developed in Chapters 4 and 5 under three main themes:

  • Collaborative therapeutic relationship.
  • Cognitive model process.
  • Help client to work on problem(s) in and out of session.

We will continue to use this framework in the present chapter to introduce and explain the goals of therapy in its final stages. We also emphasized that these themes overlap, as do the goals which form their content; nor are the beginning, middle and end stages isolated from each other. Brief cognitive behaviour therapy is a developmental process in which the focus of therapy changes over time while the cognitive conceptualization and fundamental characteristics give it consistency. This process of therapy is depicted in Figure ...

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