Developing skills and competency in CBT is a complex process of which self-observation and self-reflection are an essential part. In this new book, leading figures Beverly Haarhoff and Richard Thwaites outline the rationale for a focus on self-reflective practice in CBT, before offering practical and accessible guidelines demonstrating how this can be achieved in training and practice. Highlighting relevant research throughout and using case studies to illustrate theory in practice, ten chapters consider: - reflection in training and in supervision and self-supervision, - reflecting on the therapeutic relationship, on our sociocultural perceptions and biases and on client feedback - how reflection is vital to self-care and to becoming a better therapist, supervisor and trainer. This is an essential read for trainees in both high and low intensity CBT programmes, those on broader CBT courses, and for qualified practitioners working independently to enhance their self-reflective capacity.

Reflection in CBT: Becoming Better Therapists, Supervisors and Trainers

Reflection in CBT: Becoming Better Therapists, Supervisors and Trainers
Beverly HaarhoffRichard Thwaites

Learning aims

  • To introduce the Declarative Procedural Reflective (DPR) model of therapist skill development as the theoretical spine of the book
  • To highlight the importance of reflection for the training, ongoing professional development and professional lives of all CBT therapists


When at work, with my clients, supervisor or colleagues, I can sometimes feel bored, angry, sad, anxious, guilty, scared, hopeless, uncertain, or out of control. Why is this? Is it them or is it me? What should I do next? Have I made the right decision? How is it that my intervention didn’t work? Why did I fall into that old pattern of reacting? How will I cope? ...

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