Trainees in all mental health professions need basic knowledge of the key therapeutic approaches in counseling & psychotherapy. This is the essential companion, placing specific emphasis on practical application to guide the reader in the how to of conducting each therapeutic model.

Approaches covered include established models such as CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, systemic therapy and solution-focused brief therapy, and more recent additions to mainstream therapy like mindfulness and narrative therapy. Each chapter is written by an up-and-coming name in the field, offering a unique insight into the challenges and possibilities of training in each model. The book:

Includes case examples from a wide range of mental health care settings; Embedded with worksheets, sample questions and diagrams; Highlights challenges, strengths and weaknesses of each approach; Details the background and practical application of therapeutic models; Discusses evidence-based practice and outcomes

Written in language familiar to first-year trainees and using a range of features to enhance learning, this pocket guide is ideal for those embarking on training across counseling, psychotherapy, psychology, health, nursing, and social work.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an active, directive, time-limited and structured therapeutic approach to mental health problems and distress. Therapy is based upon a collaborative and open relationship between the therapist and the person accessing therapy using explorative questions and specific techniques. Within this context ‘cognitive’ refers to our thoughts, images and interpretations that occur within and beyond our stream of consciousness. ‘Behaviour’ refers to our behaviour and actions.

The Model

The principle theoretical rationale underpinning cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) was first discussed by Aaron Beck in the 1960s. CBT is built on the concept that the interaction of feelings and behaviour is dependent on how we interpret any given situation. No two people will interpret a situation in exactly the same way. Let us take the example of two people being given a ...

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