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This best-selling, practical, evidence-based guide to the cognitive behavioural approach takes you step-by-step through the process of counselling, from initial contact with the client to termination and follow up. The book follows a skills-based format based around the Bordin and Dryden model of bonds, goals, tasks and views, with expanded case material to further illustrate links between theory and practice. This third edition includes new content on:  • the working alliance — what it is and why it is so important  • challenges and pitfalls in the counselling process  • when to challenge and when not to challenge clients beliefs  • emotional problems such as shame, guilt and jealousy as well as anxiety, depression and anger. Drawing on their own extensive experience and contemporary research, the authors provide a concise overview of the cognitive behavioural approach, with new material on emotional problems rarely covered in practitioner guides, a strong emphasis on the therapeutic alliance, and updated bibliographic references throughout.

Preparation Stage I – Breaking the Ice: Screening, First Meeting, Establishing a Bond
Preparation Stage I – Breaking the Ice: Screening, First Meeting, Establishing a Bond

How is the cognitive behavioural counsellor to know how to begin? What necessary steps might there be? How can she be certain she is doing the right thing? These and other questions often lead the novice to either a manual or a guide, in the hope of finding out ‘how to do it’. A manual is highly prescriptive, providing precise, step-by-step instructions, which may be helpful for the counsellor but often not for the client, since each client is unique and a manualised approach can be too rigid, insensitive and unproductive.

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