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.

Using self-reflection to promote CBT therapist self-care

Using self-reflection to promote CBT therapist self-care
Beverly HaarhoffRichard Thwaites

Learning aims

  • To heighten CBT therapists’ awareness of unique therapy-related challenges to therapist self-care
  • To encourage CBT therapists to conduct a self-reflective assessment of their current work-related stressors
  • To help CBT therapists use reflection to promote self-care in the service of preventing burnout and maximising wellbeing

Introduction: what is self-care?

Self-care, involves making an active choice to take care of yourself in terms of basic physical needs (eating, sleeping and exercise) and also in the emotional, interpersonal, occupational and spiritual arenas (Ziguras, 2004). Therapist self-care is made up of several different components, namely: knowing what self-care is, recognising the challenges to self-care and knowing how to enhance therapist self-care. In this chapter we make ...

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