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.

Treatment Protocols

Treatment protocols

In our whistlestop tour of cognitive behaviour therapy, we noted that this particular form of therapy had been most comprehensively applied to depression. Some recommendations in applying cognitive behaviour therapy to depression and other types of specific problems are given below. These recommendations are used in conjunction with the processes and techniques of cognitive behaviour therapy outlined throughout this book and cannot be considered separately. We have included a section on suicide as this always merits particular attention and action from the therapist when present (and its presence may be masked). The presence of suicidal ideation so often leads to considerable anxieties in trainee therapists.

Panic Disorder

  • For further information see Barlow and Craske (1989); Beck (1987); Beck et al. (1985); Clark (1986); Hackman ...
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