Contracts in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Second Edition is a practical guide to an essential area of professional knowledge and skills. It provides a unique and informative guide to the nature of counseling contracts, why they are needed and how they are made. For the Second Edition, the book has been thoroughly updated to take account of the BACP ethical framework. New chapters have been added covering legal aspects and making contracts with trainees.
Chapter 3: Cognitive Therapy: A Down-to-Earth and Accessible Approach
Cognitive Therapy: A Down-to-Earth and Accessible Approach
Cognitive approaches have always prided themselves on being accessible and demythologised forms of therapy,1 with more than a touch of ‘common sense’ (Beck 1976). It has been a hope that this was a kind of therapy that one could ‘give away’ in inner city areas that YAVIS-orientated (young, attractive, verbal, intelligent and successful) therapy does not always reach (Scott 1988; Beck et al. 1979). Although this notion has not been thoroughly tested, the active and commonsensical elements of the cognitive approach seem to match the expectations of less privileged clients (Ollerton 1995). Thus although the word ‘contracting’ is not one that is frequently used in cognitive texts, its spirit (using Murgatroyd's 1985: ...