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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.


Hurt has been characterised as the neglected emotion (Leary and Springer, 2000) and little is written about it within the cognitive behavioural literature outside REBT. We believe this is because feelings of hurt are often subsumed within depression. We find this too inelegant when working with clients where their emotional problem is clearly one of hurt rather than depression. In CBC we consider the behavioural and cognitive consequences of hurt to be very different from those of pure depression, and this is another reason why we have dealt with this emotion separately.

The hurt to which we refer is emotional, rather than physical, although it can be as acute and aversive as the physical pain of bodily injury, and it sometimes lasts far longer. ...

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