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.


Many years ago, Richard had a highly intelligent and proficient colleague (and later a good friend) who was also a clinical psychologist and CBT therapist. During a research meeting, Richard was in the position of advocating a piece of research which involved implementing a Self-Practice/Self-Reflection programme for therapists. This meant therapists practising elements of CBT on themselves and then reflecting on the implications for themselves as therapists, supervisors and human beings. Many in the group appeared unconvinced by his passionate arguments and finally his colleague, no doubt in frustration, fired back at him “Why should therapists reflect? Plumbers don’t need to reflect!” Richard did not believe for a moment that his colleague actually believed this; it was more an “invitation” to explain himself more ...

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