In their established introduction to contemporary CBT theory and practice, Diana Sanders and Frank Wills show how therapeutic change takes place across a network of cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning. They explain the central concepts of CBT and illustrate - with numerous case examples - how these can effectively be put into practice at each stage of the therapeutic process. The revised book now includes: • Recent developments in CBT, i.e., new settings and applications including guided self-help, computerized CBT, IAPT & stepped care • Two brand new chapters on mindfulness and increasing access to CBT • Extra case studies, chapter previews, exercises and further reading, plus an appendix of further resources • Coverage of a wider range of client issues This continues to be the ideal companion for those working - or training to work - in the psychological therapies and mental health.
Chapter 2: The Therapeutic Relationship and Interpersonal Sensitivity in CBT
The Therapeutic Relationship and Interpersonal Sensitivity in CBT
The CBASP (Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy) therapist must become a comrade to the patient … Comrades are authentic people who are willing to interact on a reciprocal basis in ways that stand in explicit contrast to those of negative significant others. (McCullough, 2006: 47)
A main criticism of CBT from other therapeutic perspectives is that CB therapists pay little, if any, attention to the cornerstone of other therapies, the therapeutic relationship. Person-centred therapists view CBT approaches as being overly concerned with technique and method without taking into account the primacy of the relationship. Psychodynamic therapists dismiss CBT as not using the most important therapeutic tools of their trade, ...