Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a Nutshell, Second Edition is a concise introduction to one of the most widely-practiced approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.

Leading authors, Michael Neenan and Windy Dryden, explain the model and the core techniques used during the therapeutic process to:

elicit and examine negative automatic thoughts; uncover and explore underlying assumptions, rules and core beliefs (schemas); and; maintain gains from therapy.

For newcomers to the subject, this revised and updated edition of Cognitive Therapy in a Nutshell provides the ideal place to start and a springboard to further study.

Maintaining Gains from Therapy

Maintaining gains from therapy

Once formal therapy has ended with the achievement of the client's goals and her development as a self-therapist, what comes next? In order to maintain her gains from therapy, her CT skills need to become a way of life.1 Achieving a goal is not the same as keeping it – for example, stopping smoking, then staying stopped; getting fit, then remaining fit. In our experience, some clients quickly slip back into their old problems once therapy has ended because they take their ‘eye off the ball’ – they stop practising their CT skills. This may occur because, among other reasons, clients believe that their hard-won changes will persist independently (i.e. no further effort is required from them); they ...

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