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.

Additional Strategies and Techniques

Additional strategies and techniques

In the previous chapters we have introduced a number of strategies and techniques that can be used at different stages of therapy. However, we were concerned not to include too many possible interventions in case they blurred the process of therapy which we were keen to depict. In this chapter we include strategies, techniques and interventions that we have found particularly useful and effective when practising brief cognitive behaviour therapy. We do not consider some of the techniques such as relaxation to be ‘elegant’ as they do not necessarily help the client directly to examine his or her thinking processes. However, when practising brief, time or session-limited therapy a pragmatic approach is recommended and ‘inelegant’ techniques that help ...

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