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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.


Typically, anger is considered the emotion of conflict, aggression and hostility. Yet anger is also one of the commonest emotional experiences for many people (Oatley and Duncan, 1994). In the consulting room, we encounter clients with anger problems frequently. Not all of these clients have histories of aggression and violence; in fact many clients who experience unhealthy anger seek to suppress the experience, such that they almost never act on their angry feelings. Presently, there are no diagnostic criteria for problem anger, and the emotion is often subsumed within other categories such as Intermittent Explosive Disorder and the personality disorder diagnoses in DSM-V (APA, 2013). Few introductory texts on CBT even address anger as a problem. Indeed, in comparison to anxiety and depression, ...

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