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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.


Depression is a psychopathological state of extreme dejection or melancholy, characterised by a mood of hopelessness. Most people will recognise this dictionary definition of depression. The various nosological systems, such as DSM-V (APA, 2013), have of course much more comprehensive diagnostic definitions, covering the physical, motivational, cognitive, affective and behavioural features. However, we take the view that the core experience of depression is captured by the dictionary definition (‘a state of significant unhappiness and pessimism’) and is the focus of CBC, where depression is the unhealthy emotional problem, which we distinguish from sadness as the healthy emotional alternative.

Depression, in terms of its diagnosis, affects more people than any other single emotional disorder in the western world, with figures typically showing one person in ...

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