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 Therapy
Cognitive therapy
Origins and Background

Aaron T. Beck, an American medical doctor, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is regarded as the founder of this approach (born in 1921; he became particularly prominent from the 1960s). He was partly motivated by George Kelly's ideas, mentioned below. We must also note here that Beck worked closely with another important theorist and practitioner, Albert Ellis, who went on to introduce Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT).

Much of Beck's early work focused on the treatment of clinical depression via cognitive methods. Later, he concluded that anxiety is a core human emotion and began to develop cognitive treatments accordingly.

As a researcher, Beck was interested in evidencing the impact of cognitive techniques, the result being a number of assessment schedules including the Beck Depression ...

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