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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.

Middle Stage V – Dealing with Pitfalls in Cognitive Behavioural Counselling
Middle Stage V – Dealing with Pitfalls in Cognitive Behavioural Counselling

Sometimes in counselling clients do not make the progress that they can be expected to have made. If this occurs, the counsellor invites the client to join her in looking for reasons for such lack of progress and in dealing with these obstacles so as to change accordingly. In this chapter, we will consider some of the common reasons for lack of progress and suggest ways in which the counsellor and client can best deal with such pitfalls.1 We will use the following structure in this chapter:

  • Lack of progress due to problems in the working alliance
  • Lack of progress due to client factors
  • Lack of ...
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