This pocket guide to modality approaches in counseling & psychotherapy is a one-stop-shop for trainees on introductory counseling courses. It describes 12 models of therapy, as well as introducing the origins of counseling and providing guidance and tips on practical issues like time-keeping, supervision, endings and boundaries. Each short approach-specific chapter has a consistent structure which allows easy comparison and cross-referencing between the modalities.

The chapters cover: Origins & background; Big names & big ideas; How the approach works & who it's for; Critical considerations; Identifying features; Reflection & summary; Learning ideas & suggested reading

This book is essential reading when choosing a professional counseling training in which to specialize, or if you just want an overview of other counseling modalities outside of your own.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)

Origins and Background

From the outset, it's important to note that the term CBT is more than a single therapy, there being a number of cognitive behavioural approaches, e.g., Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT); Cognitive Therapy; Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT); the Developmental Approach.

That said, there are now fairly standardised courses where ideas, procedures, techniques, etc., are taught to students, giving a general foundation to this rapidly emerging methodology.

CBT is the result of a merger between Cognitive Therapy and Behaviour Therapy, combining cognitive restructuring ideas and behaviour modification techniques. Some people call it a talking therapy, while others refute this, describing it as an action-oriented approach. I think it could be described as both talk and action-based. It would be ...

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