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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.


Guilt and the sense of feeling guilty are common to us all, not just those who have committed some heinous act. In group contexts (such as families, friends, co-workers, society), the ability to experience guilt serves a prosocial function. Feeling guilty is an alert that we have committed an act (or omitted to commit an act) that we know breaks the moral code of ourselves and others or means that we have acted in such a way as to hurt another (particularly when we care about them). Indeed, guilt requires this internalised sense of wrongdoing and as such helps to promote order and cohesion within a social context. As a social group we even expect and, at times, demand that others ought to ...

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